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International Blasphemy Day, September 30

A year ago, Denver Atheists and Free Thinkers (DAFT) were preparing to rally for the separation of church and state. This weekend, DAFT notes the upcoming first-ever celebration of International Blasphemy Day. The Center for Inquiry has fixed September 30 as the date for International Blasphemy Day with this reasoning:

The objective of International Blasphemy Day is to open up all religious beliefs to the same level of free inquiry, discussion and criticism to which all other areas of academic interest are subjected.

Why September 30? The last day in September is the anniversary of the original publication of Danish cartoons in 2005 depicting the prophet Muhammad’s face. Any visual depiction of Muhammad is considered a grave offence under Islamic law.

The fury which arose within the Islamic community following this publication led to massive riots, attacks on foreign embassies and deaths.

The newspapers which chose to publish these cartoons were in many cases blamed for the outpouring of violence which followed. This unfortunate yet inevitable sequence of events clearly demonstrated a dangerous misconception that had piggy-backed into the 21st century on the shoulders of ignorance, fear and apathy, that all religious beliefs and ideas deserve respect and are beyond criticism or satire.

International Blasphemy Day is a movement, not just a day, to remind the world that religion should never again be beyond open and honest discussion or reproach. Our future depends on it.

That means your religion, too.

I have no idea what the International Blasphemers intend to do on their self-declared Day. But I’ll be watching and whatever I find I’ll pass on to you.

7 comments to International Blasphemy Day, September 30

  • Jayson Williams

    Mourn for those who participate. For there is only one unforgivable sin according to the Law made by Jesus Christ, and that sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. All who participate will have committed an eternal sin. God’s wrath is coming for America. When and how may not be known, but His wrath is coming.

    • Jim

      So everybody bring a tissue.

    • Oh, Jacob, I mourn for you, for there is only one unforgivable sin according to the Law made by me, and that sin is to write the phrase, “God’s wrath is coming for America”. Why have you chosen to destroy yourself in this way? My wrath is coming, and I ordered it monogrammed, Priority Mail.

      • Jacob

        Herbie,
        Here is where your powers break down. Not only can you not read a name, this post was by “Jayson Williams”, nor can you read IP addresses, (this didnt come from me) you also cant read your own blogs. I have posted several times that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is in fact not possible to do in this day in age. The who “blasphemy challenge” is idiotic but not damning. In order to blashemy the Holy Spirit you have to know the Holy Spirit. This was a sin that was specific to a certain group of people during a certain time. Maybe “Cosmic Iguana” is too big of a title for you. maybe Herbie the ZToilet Bowl Iguana, or Herbie the Cotton Iguana. Your power is much more lame than your name… Of course, Jayson is correct in one regard; we should be mourning for those running with glee into Hell.

      • Jacob

        Besides. I understand them wanting to celebrate a day like this. There is one for atheists and Herbie supporters as well, April 1st. ;-)

      • Jacob

        And….

        I would never say “God’s wrath is coming for America”. That would be way to narrow. God’s wrath is coming to all of humanity. This isnt going to be an isolated event

  • Where is Herbie????

    Why so quite???

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