prisoner for blaspemy

by George W. Foote

Is a story or a report by the above named who was tried, found guilty and imprisoned for blasphemy in 1880 Britain. That is how bad freedom of expression suffered especially if you had the knave to talk about god, the christian god, and the ridiculous beliefs held by the Christians, that is if you disturbed their sensibilities.

George before and after his imprisonment used to be the editor of the Freethinker, a publication that used satire to ridicule religion. He was railroaded to prison by a Judge North who while on the dock abused his office and became the accuser, the judge and the executioner.

Judge Coleridge listening to his case at the end of his incarceration, though a christian dealt with him in a more humane way, listen to his defense and when the jury could not agree, let him go.

It is a sad story but a good read.

I hope in the countries where the atheist, freethinker or non believer is threatened with persecution for expressing his mind about a religion lives under fear of jail or murder may reform their rules to allow men and women exercise their freedom of expression.

Go read it. Britain has come a long way.


About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

13 thoughts on “prisoner for blaspemy

  1. Mordanicus says:

    It interesting to see when theists need to resort to violence or threats thereof the protect their deity, who is supposed to be omnipotent. If god is truly omnipotent and offended by atheists, why does that god not take measures himself? Either god is not omnipotent, or is not offended by atheists, or he does not exist.


  2. themodernidiot says:

    To borrow a phrase, Amen brother.

    Thank you for what is sure to be a very interesting story. It is on my list 🙂


  3. Sonel says:

    Great post Mak. Have a lovely weekend. 😀


We sure would love to hear your comments, compliments and thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s