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No Blasphemy in Greece Either, Evidently

A lot of the original sources for this are written in Greek, which I can’t read, but it appears that a man has been arrested in Greece for blaspheming a famous Greek Orthodox monk. You can translate this page into English and this is what it says:

From Cyber ​​Crime file formed Flagrant process against domestic 27 years old, who is accused of blasphemy and malicious kathyvrisi religions known through social networking sites Facebook.

More specifically, the Cyber ​​Crime spotted recently in the famous social networking site Facebook, with data page ( www.facebook.com / gerontas.pastitsios ), which contained blasphemies and insults against Elder Paisios and Orthodox Christianity.

While the profane and blasphemous content of this page, the Cyber ​​Crime has received thousands of e-complaints coming from residents of different countries around the world.

The Huffington Post has more. Apparently it isn’t just Muslim countries that arrest people for the “crime” of blasphemy.

Comments

  1. says

    The word βλασφημέω means “to injure a reputation.” My understanding is that the word is used in modern Greek to mean “slander,” so it is probably not being used in a sacredotal sense.

    As a side note: Blasphemy Day is this Sunday! God damn!

  2. matty1 says

    As a side note: Blasphemy Day is this Sunday! God damn!

    Buddha fuck, I forgot about that better start blaspheming. Know any good religions?

  3. dingojack says

    I propose a merger – How about ‘blaspheme like a pirate day’?
    Arrrr Dingo-lad (a scurvy dog) :)

  4. yoav says

    I have my blasphemy day dinner all planed out. It will be a cheeseburger, to offend the jews, the burger itself will be beef ofcourse for the hindus and by having meat I also cover the vegetarian religions. Add some bacon for the muslims (and the jews again, these are my ancestors they deserve a double hit) all served on a bun which have the face of jesus burned on.

  5. says

    @yoav #5 – The Discordians have a similar ritual of eating a hot dog without a bun on Friday. According to the Principia Discordia, this is to:

    * offend Jews and Muslims, by eating pork

    * offend Buddhists, by eating meat

    * offend Catholics, by eating meat on a Friday (the Principia was published pre-Vatican II)

    * offend Discordians, by eating hot dogs without buns

    I like the idea of making the hot dog a pork/beef blend, though.

  6. says

    You’d think the Greeks would have learned, after the way they eternally embarrassed themselves by executing Socrates for “impiety”*!!! How quickly they forget…

    (* I know the charges were really trumped-up and they really killed him for being antidemocratic and annoying, but the comment was too good to pass up)

  7. M, Supreme Anarch of the Queer Illuminati says

    The most appropriate place to hold an International Blasphemy Day celebration might be Montreal…where the standard approach to swearing is “let’s see how much (Christian) blasphemy I can string together without repeatiing myself.”

    Also, @ Gregory —

    Blasphemer! The hot dog bun is the sacred food of our goddess Eris; to partake of a hot dog with the bun is offensive to Discordianism. (Thus, doing so is also required…)

  8. Chiroptera says

    Marcus Ranum, #9: I know the charges were really trumped-up….

    Well, isn’t that usually true of blasphemy charges?

    Or, if not “trumped up,” then whether one is actually charged depends on what else one has said or done that has angered some important person.

  9. jnorris says

    yoav , eat the cheese burger with an American beer made from anything but barley and you offend Muslims, Baptists, and Mormons with the al-cohol and the Nordic gods by not drinking a real lager. You can also enjoy a cracker with that beer on Sunday, it will offend Catholics.

  10. laurentweppe says

    Of course, Greece has a blasphemy problem because after the collapse of the Colonels’ dictatorship, the new state tried to placate the main supporters of the junta -namely: the upper-class and the church- by preserving many of their privileges.
    Which is also the reason why Greece taxes are a laughable mess and why they ended up in crisis in the first place after having been described in Europe as some sort of libertarian paradise for decades

    You’d think the Greeks would have learned, after the way they eternally embarrassed themselves by executing Socrates for “impiety”*!!! [...] I know the charges were really trumped-up and they really killed him for being antidemocratic and annoying, but the comment was too good to pass up

    Did I mention how much I loathed Socrates, the Sparta fanboy who made Frank Miller looks like a reasonable man, the inspiration of Plato’s “Give-all-the-power-the-self-proclaimed-geniuses” Republic, the unsung godfather of every randian douchebag on the planet?
    So until I get my own time machine and go back in time to smother the fucker in his cradle (before going to Judea and replacing any mention of lambs in the Bible with mentions of puppies), Kudos to Athens for pulling a Capone 23 centuries before Capone.

  11. yoav says

    jnorris, while I’m committed to the cause of blasphemy drinking the stuff referred to as beer by Americans is a bridge too far, although it’s possible it may taste slightly less horrible if drank fresh out of the cat. I’ll have to find some other way to offend the Nordic gods, aren’t ravens sacred to Odin, maybe I should eat some crow.

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