greek parliament: Free ‘Geron Pastitsios’ and abolish Greek anti-blasphemy laws!


A bitter blow against freedom of expression in Greece: a 27 year old internet user was arrested and charged with blasphemy because he ran a facebook page that satirised a renowned Greek Orthodox monk.


We, citizens of the world and advocates for free speech, demand the immediate release of the accused and we urge the Greek Parliament to abolish the Greek anti-blasphemy laws.

If Greece wishes to be a part of the modern globalized world it must adhere to the standards and principles of a free nation where its people have the right to have a free and open dialogue about all subjects. Discussion, debate, and action are the basic building blocks of a free society.

Here are the relevant laws:

Article 198 – Malicious Blasphemy:

1. One who publicly and maliciously and by any means swears blasphemes God shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years.

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  1. I have a problem when I try to sign the petition at using my Google Chrome browser.

    It simply freezes or locks up each time right after I open the page on a new tab. 

    I wonder if anyone else has a problem with it or is it me?

    I am surprised at the Greeks though for keeping this redundant law going. Must try to sign up somehow.

  2. I’m not surprised. This is a country where if one of your parents is not Greek and you want to become a Greek citizen, you need to get your mother re baptized in a Greek orthodox church in order to get your papers. Also having your parents re marry in a Greek orthodox church will improve your chances of becoming a Greek citizen.

  3. How sad!  Greece was the foremost in rational thinking 2000 years ago and threw it all away on the lies of Saul of Tarsus.  It took us another 1400 years to regain the foothold.

    Epicurus knew better. 


  4. Signed.

    I wonder whether it’s permissible in Greece to claim that Zeus and the other Olympian gods are no more than myths and legends with no basis in reality?

  5. This case should be one of Greece’s lesser worries- given their economic malaise.. If it were really important and the supreme being felt the monk was being unfairly satirized , (s)he could have simple smitten the alleged offender! Obviously once again as always since before the beginning of time, the supreme being doesn’t feel offended enough to do something about the situation itself.  😉 jcw

  6. I believe Britain still has some old blasphemy laws. (nobody has bothered to repeal them) Or am I wrong?

  7.  According to wikki…

    On 5 March 2008, an amendment was passed to the Criminal Justice and immigration Act 2008 
    which abolished the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous
    libel in England and Wales. (Common law is abolished, not repealed.)

    The last successful case which resulted in jail time was in 1921.

  8. I wonder if Angela might be persuaded to phone the Greek PM and say, “The bailout  was intended for a 20th or 19th century Greece, not a 10th. We don’t allow theocracies to join the EU”.

  9.  Yes, it’s quite strange that such law existed prior to country’s entry to EU and there was no effort on EU’s part to remove it.

  10. One who publicly and maliciously and by any means blasphemes the
    Eastern Orthodox Church of Christ or any other religion TOLERATED in
    Greece shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two years.


  11. And I was wondering when this will come up here…how nice to see we Greeks are further ridiculed(and we have ourselves to blame of course)…

    I was aware of the site for quite some time, as I have a friend in fb that was a member and he posted its updates…this is beyond ridiculous, the whole site was just some kids satirizing the cult following of a strange late monk that is flooding the internet with absurd stories of all kinds of ‘miracles’, prophecies about wars with Turkey(that isn’t so funny, as there are even some extreme right wing politicians that took him seriously) and even battles with demons and I don’t know what else. Even a Bishop of the Orthodox Church(one that is pretty hardcore AFAIK) spoke against this arrest, saying ‘faith not something to be usurped by individuals’. I’d bet as an official high priest he just doesn’t like all the fame  a mere monk has gotten 🙂


  12. Signed.  I think I will also contact the Greek Embassy in Canada to express my dismay.

  13. We simply cannot have too many signatures.

    Blasphemy is a victimless act.

    Freedom of expression is the foundational human right. Without it, all the other rights and freedoms you may believe you have are actually worthless.

    Even though documents, laws and precedents may exist to describe your rights, without freedom of speech there is no guarantee that they can, or will, be defended, referenced, or applied.

    Without freedom to speak truth to power the corrupt, the ignorant and the vicious will continue to lord it over you.


    Stand up and be counted. Now.

  14. ISTM that a higher level of education correlates with a lower belief in religious ideas.  The more you know about the world, the easier it is to spot shite!

  15. Signed this. 

    The Greeks aught to know better, they were an advanced civilization a very long time ago. 

    They have lost touch with reality – and their economy.

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