I emailed Joe Duffy today.
Well, I emailed the show. Joe is off sick, Damien Reilly has been keeping the seat warm.
Mick Nugent was on, representing something called Atheists Ireland. (by the way, who elected Mick to speak on behalf of all the atheists in Ireland?)
Anyway, Mick was speaking about blasphemous libel, so I fired off an email, an adaptation of Bobby Henderson’s protest against state sponsored creationism.
The first line read: ‘I am writing to commend Dermot Ahern for his proposal to outlaw blasphemy.’
I went on to outline the basic tenets of Pastafarianism, and my joy that my beliefs would not receive state protection.
After all, I pointed out, my irrational superstitious belief has as much right to the full protection afforded by the legal resources of the State as any other irrational superstitious belief.
RTE called me back, asked me to hold to go on air. Then after a few minutes came back, saying they’d call me back. Maybe.
And that was the last I heard.
I suspect that somewhere between the first and last contact, someone read the email, and realised I wasn’t 100% sincere in welcoming blasphemous libel.
Blessed be his Noodly Appendage.