Thomas Aikenhead (c.1676-1697), a young University of Edinburgh student who allegedly railed against the Holy Trinity and stated that the doctrines of Christian theology were “a rapsodie of faigned and ill-invented nonsense” was judicially hanged for his offence on January 8, 1697. His execution, which raised considerable concern, was the last execution for blasphemy in Britain.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg
But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Barney F. McClelland is currently living in the "other" Portland. He occasionally takes time out from expounding on Hobbesian eschatology and the intricacies of Irish hornpipes, to publish poems, stories and articles in Ireland, the U.K and the States. His work has appeared in Cairn, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Aura Literary Arts Review and The New Formalist. In 2001 he was awarded the KotaPress Anthology Award for Poetry.
In his spare time, Mr. McClelland enjoys reading the works of dead white European males, smoking cigarettes, and plotting revenge.