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Synonyms for blasphemy

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Synonyms for blasphemy

an act of disrespect or impiety toward something regarded as sacred

a profane or obscene term

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Synonyms for blasphemy

blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)

blasphemous behavior

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Here, the forbidden act is "publishing a blasphemous libel," but the statute doesn't tell us what that is!
(53) E.g., Jeremy Patrick, Not Dead, Just Sleeping: Canada's Prohibition on Blasphemous Libel as a Case Study in Obsolete Legislation, 41 U.B.C.L.
(2) It is a question of fact whether or not any matter that is published is a blasphemous libel.
blasphemous libel. (87) Courts even borrowed or developed a standardized
In English law there was a significant interlude between the Foote blasphemy case of 1883/4 and the Gay News case of 1977/8 when the precise intention of the individual prosecuted for blasphemous libel defined how the law regarded their actions.
A more flexible law aimed at controlling political dissidents, seditious libel developed as the secular counterpart of blasphemous libel, providing the basis for trials of dissent against the crown or its government that did not have a religious component.
In England, one of the oldest permitted incursions on freedom of expression is the law of blasphemous libel. Of late, this legislation has raised a lot of questions as to its existence, necessity, and purpose.
"If the decencies of controversy are observed," ruled Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, "even the fundamentals of religion may be attacked without a person being guilty of blasphemous libel" (p.
The Gay News and its editor Denis Lemon were found guilty of blasphemous libel for an illustration and poem about a centurion's love for Christ.
In his markedly lucid final chapter on "The Hermeneutics of Censorship and the Crime of Wit," Lund demonstrates through detailed readings of the trials of Thomas Woolston in 1729; William Rayner, the printer of The Craftsman, in 1731; and Thomas Paine in 1792 and 1797 that, despite the lapse of the Licensing Act in 1695, the state continued to exert powerful control over heterodox writings through accusations of either seditious or blasphemous libel. Crucial to those trials was an understanding of wit that had evolved over the eighteenth century from the Restoration onwards.
Her watchdog group brought a successful private prosecution in 1977 for blasphemous libel against the homosexual paper Gay News, for a poem about a Roman Catholic centurion's homosexual love for Jesus at the crucifixion.
He has been told by the Attorney General he has to have a law in relation to blasphemous libel.