Blasphemy Day International

This is such a good idea.

Blasphemy Day International is an international campaign seeking to establish September 30th as a national day to promote free speech and stand up in a show of solidarity for the freedom to mock and insult religion without fear of murder, violence, and reprisal. It is the obligation of the world’s nations to safeguard dissent and the dissenters, not to side with the brutal interests of thugs who demand “respect” for their beliefs (i.e., immunity to being criticized or mocked or they threaten violence).

So if you support free speech, and the rights of those who disagree with religious views to voice their opinions peacefully, support our group and join the cause!

The numbers are small because the Facebook group is only a couple of weeks old. But it would be great to see this take off.

Blasphemy is a joyous, funny, socially progressive, and profoundly moral act. It deserves its own day. Join the group. Spread the word.

Tweak that imaginary nose!


23 Responses to “Blasphemy Day International”

  1. Mike F says:

    So how about posting a link to the facebook group? I couldn’t find it when I searched for it. Thanks.

  2. Andrew Nixon says:

    Mike – it’s linked from the first word of the post.

  3. Debbie K says:

    “Blasphemy is a joyous, funny, socially progressive, and profoundly moral act.”
    I am sorry, I couldn’t agree less! Blasphemy is an act designed to cause the maximum of hurt and offence, and promoting it is a profoundly immoral act.
    Not to mention elitist.

    Debbie

  4. Stonygroud says:

    Debbie. Maybe we should celebrate the fact that we live in a time when it is possible to blaspheme without being burned alive. Burning people alive being just marginally more immoral than blasphemy I would say.

    It is also worth remembering that once religious organisations start paying their taxes, stop pushing their fairy stories into publicly funded schools and using their influence to discriminate against unbelievers etc. etc. We will be happy to leave them to believe their nonsense in peace.

  5. Gareth says:

    Debbie, blasphemy does not actually exist. It is merely one person disagreeing with another, and occasionally using humour, parody or satire to make the point.

    Offence can never, ever be given; it can only ever be taken.

    If you want to support religion, you would be better off not claiming blasphemy to be immoral as you lay yourself open to hypocrisy.

  6. j.r. says:

    Debbie K, your comment is a defence of superstition and irrationality. Unfortunately indulging these comes at a high cost to humanity.

  7. Steve says:

    Elitist? How do work that one out?

    Protecting certain groups from criticism just because of their beliefs sounds elitist to me.

  8. PStryder says:

    Debbie, whatever happened to “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”?

    How pathetic is your god if he can’t survive a little blasphemy? How weak is your faith if people mocking it hurts your feelings so terribly? You have the right to worship whatever and however you want, but nothing about that right says you are to be protected from hearing something that you find offensive.

    Besides, which is more important, your delicate religious sensibilities, or my freedom of speech? Outlawing blasphemy, (as the UN has attempted, at the behest of Islamic-majority countries,) is a direct attack on my freedom of speech, something FAR more immoral than me saying your god is made-up.

    • Will426 says:

      @PStryder,
      to be fair to her, she never said she was religious or that she had a god.

      that said, I cannot wait for Blasphemy Day

  9. skyotter says:

    since each religion is blasphemy to other religions, i figure that every day is blasphemy day

    someone check my math =)

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  11. Cel says:

    Blasphemy – a “crime” with no victim. I agree, every day should be blasphemy day – shine light into the dark places, question assumptions, free your mind!

  12. johnno says:

    I’m up for it for sure

  13. sleepingBear says:

    I think I will blaspheme against the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Peace be upon his noodly appendage). Arrgh!

    But I won’t join facebook because of their expropriative terms of servce… just my thang…

  14. dave mabus says:

    WE’LL BURY YOU, ATHEISTS!

    i think this will be more effective:

    visit

    http://www.samharris.org/forum/viewthread/11853/

    to see how we WON THE MILLION DOLLAR PARANORMAL CHALLENGE

    and CRUSHED the entire atheist movement…

    and PZ too….

    predict the future too!

    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.music.depeche-mode/browse_thread/thread/a07c0d5d7c986593?ie=UTF-8&q=depeche+mode+nostradamus+enjoy+the+silence+markuze&pli=1

  15. Monitor says:

    Note from MWW: Please do not feed the troll

  16. Love it! Tweeted. :o)

  17. oDrew says:

    Your beliefs are all complete idiotic, absolutely moronic, and frankly, adverse to the progression of intelligence in society.

    Of course, offense can never, ever be given, it can only be taken; furthermore, I should be free to insult another person’s beliefs without fear of repercussion.

    Right? :)

  18. We non believers must realize that quashing descent is a tool the religious hegemony has installed to protect their corrupt regimes. This is why the taboo about resisting exists. A powerful group can silence objections in this way and have done so for centuries, but there are polite and workable ways to rob them of their illicit power:

    http://www.endhereditaryreligion.com/2009/03/im-not-christian/

    Athists have a moral imperative to speak out. Break the silence.

  19. The old is yet new. Here is a quote from Robert Ingersoll from the 19th century.

    Around 1880, Robert Ingersoll presciently commented on the U.N. Resolution forbidding “Defamation of Religion” –

    All laws defining and punishing blasphemy –
    making it a crime to give your honest ideas about
    the Bible, or to laugh at the ignorance of the
    ancient Jews, or to enjoy yourself on the Sabbath,
    or to give your opinion of Jehovah, were passed
    by impudent bigots, and should be at once repealed
    by honest men.

    An infinite God ought to be able to protect himself
    without going in partnership with State Legislatures.

    Certainly he ought not so to act that laws become
    necessary to keep him from being laughed at.
    No one thinks of protecting Shakespeare from ridicule,
    by the threat of fine and imprisonment.

    It strikes me that God might write a book that would
    not necessarily excite the laughter of his children.
    In fact, I think it would be safe to say that a real God
    could produce a work that would excite the admiration of mankind.

    Surely politicians could be better employed than in passing
    laws to protect the literary reputation of the Jewish God.

    (From “Some Mistakes of Moses” in The Works of Robert Ingersoll,
    authorized edition, volume II.)

  20. Aphra says:

    Happy to give my support but not, I’m afraid, on Facebook. Find some other, non-social networking, means to gather supporters together and I’m there with bells on:-)

    Meanwhile, the date is on my calendar and I shall make a point of blaspheming even more than usual when it comes around.

  21. Aphra, your prayers have been answered: TheOfficial Blasphemy Day website is now up!