Happy Blasphemy Day

The Center for Inquiry has decreed that the 30th of September is now Blasphemy Day International to commemorate those Danish cartoons that set the Muslim world on fire.  Which means, of course, that it will be celebrated by dozens of people worldwide…

OK, now I’m being a little cruel, but I’m not entirely sure this holiday will catch on. It’s cool and all that it falls on my Dad’s birthday, especially considering the fact he loves to blaspheme (every single swear word in French is an offense to the Catholic Church). Still, I think I have to agree with Hemant over at Friendly Atheist in saying although I do love the idea, how it gets implemented worries me a little.

I think the problem lies in where we draw the line. The truth is we all probably have many religious friends who would be terribly hurt if we went out of our way to offend and shock them. There’s also the danger that some might take things too far, and if they do, it’ll be impossible to disassociate ourselves from the few atheists who cause real trouble. The same way Fundamentalists dictate the image we have of Islam, so too can a few bad apples spoil our image of being rational, logical people. It’s not something I feel we should discard so carelessly just to annoy the hell out of religious folks. If it was up to me, I would have made it Apostasy Day instead!

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    Happy Blasphemy Day, Everybody!

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    I agree that we should be careful as to how we celebrate this holiday, but I also find it pretty fucking epic that International Blasphemy Day falls upon your father’s (and my own) birthday. 😀

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    Jacob Fortin

    Happy Birthday, Zac!

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    I would put this in the same pile as ‘The Brights’ a nice idea, but certainly not the best way of getting the message out.

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    I don’t agree that this holiday should be handled in any sort of “respectable” way at all. The reason this holiday was thought up was in response to the reaction that came from the Muslims after the Danish cartoons made their rounds. This holiday is to show that we can talk about religion just as much as anything else, that religion is not immune from criticism. I don’t think enough people voice their opinion on the matter and a day like this helps get people talking. I personally didn’t participate because this is my own daily holiday that I celebrate to the dismay of a couple of the Christians around me. I’m not bashing their religion all of the time, though I do sometimes. I’m just laying out the facts and it gets through for the most part. At least, I never see anyone object. The point of this holiday is to exercise your free speech in regard to religions, to let people know that we are allowed to and we most certainly will.

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    Jessica Sideways

    But how do we show religion for the steaming pile of nonsense that it is?

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    The Big Blue Frog

    The way I celebrated was by posting, on my blog, my twitter stream and my Facebook page, a list of (mostly) non-offensive blasphemous statements like “Bats are not birds,” “Unicorns and dragons are mythical beasts” and “The Earth is not flat.” I also hit some pop culture targets with heretical statements about the Beatles, John Lennon, Star Wars.

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