Friday, September 30, 2011

International Blasphemy Rights Day

There is no god.

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day! For anyone who's not aware about this holiday, the Center for Inquiry explains:

International Blasphemy Rights Day takes place every September 30th, to commemorate the publishing of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons. The purpose of this event is to set a particular day as a day to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and to oppose any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, that discourage or inhibit free speech of any kind. The focus on 'blasphemy' is simply because it is such a salient issue, and one for which a lot of consciousness-raising is necessary. The goal is not to promote hate or violence. While many perceive blasphemy as insulting and offensive, it isn't about getting enjoyment out of ridiculing and insulting others. The day was created as a reaction against those who would seek to take away the right to satirize and criticize a particular set of beliefs given a privileged status over other beliefs. Criticism and dissent towards opposing views is the only way in which any nation with any modicum of freedom can exist.

I debated posting some of the hilarious anti-religious cartoons and websites to commemorate this day, but decided to keep it simple. My goal is not to ridicule any particular religion, but to enjoy my right to say I think it's all a load of horse shit. I'm thankful that I don't have to worry about being stoned or hanged as a witch.

Oh, I love that this day comes at the end of Banned Books Week, too. Long live free thought and free speech.

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