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Here, the forbidden act is "publishing a blasphemous libel," but the statute doesn't tell us what that is
Early in 2015, the Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFIC) began work with organizations around the world to oppose blasphemy laws wherever they exist, including Canada's very own prohibition on blasphemous libel.
It is safe to assume the that the Oireachtas [the Dail] considered that the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel would have been carried over under the Constitution as not being inconsistent with it.
120) Law Being Used as a Lever, supra note 6 ("[The Act] represents a dangerous trend towards the standardization of blasphemous libel internationally.
2) It is a question of fact whether or not any matter that is published is a blasphemous libel.
There is no guidance in the Criminal Code or in any judicial interpretations as to what "publishes," "decent language" or "a religious subject" mean, or generally, what constitutes blasphemous libel.
Blasphemous libel prosecutions brought under the Criminal Code in
common law for the text of the blasphemous libel provision.
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, religious hate legislation takes the form of blasphemous libel, a common law offense.
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.
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.