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Should American Religious Groups Censor Outsiders Who Blaspheme?

September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day, an unholy day on which people celebrate the legal right to defy religious leaders’ attempts to restrict speech and artistic expression. I’m tempted to design a set of bedsheets carrying the images of Ganesh, Mohammed, and Jesus to mark the occasion. [...]

Holy John Shimkus Embraces Blasphemy For Lobbyist Cash

Apparently, Congressman Shimkus thinks that pious Christianity is only good for keeping oil company profits high. When the lobbyists come a-calling, Shimkus is happy to toss that old time religion out the window. [...]

No One Murdered Because of This Blasphemous Religious Image

I’m not one to simply post links, but look at this image, think about who’s not going to be rioting and killing innocent people because of it…

… and then ask yourself, who’s making Islam look bad? Some filmmaker, or the crowds of zealots killing people in the name of someone who’s been dead for [...]

Jonathan Turley Deceives About Obama’s Support For UN Religious Tolerance Resolution

There are real instances of religious discrimination. There’s no need for Jonathan Turley to go making up stories about threats to religious freedom. That’s just what he has done, however, with his dishonest and inaccurate article about United Nations Human Rights resolution 16/18. [...]

How to Exasperate a Liberal #116: Try to use Government to Make People Use Your Religion’s Special Words

Don’t tell me, do not tell me that we cannot enforce laws against profanity, laws against blasphemy, laws against misusing the Lord’s name!

– Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, May 2011

Bryan Fischer, we cannot enforce laws against profanity (the uttering of words that a religion considers offensive to its sacred ideas, like [...]

Yesterday was International Blasphemy Rights Day

September 30 was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and I forgot to do a goddamned thing to celebrate it. Aw, hell, there’s always next year.

The Center for Inquiry marked the day by presenting the winner of its Protect Dissent video contest:

Blasphemy is just one variety of dissent, you know. If you can’t handle [...]

International Blasphemy Rights Day is September 30

As Robert Ingersoll once pointed out, “blasphemy” is a concept invented by priests to preserve ideas that can’t stand scrutiny on their own. To blaspheme, to tread upon the sacrosanct, is part of the regular maintenance plan of a free society, just like a stretch for a body or an oil change for a car. [...]

I Am Going To Burn A Koran In 15 Minutes

I can’t stand the dramatic tension anymore. I happen to have a copy of the Koran in my house, so I’m going to go burn one in my backyard, just to get it over with. [...]

Jesus Christ! India Sees Riots Over a Beer and Cigarette

Two and a half years ago, the country of Malaysia was all a-twitter when an image of Jesus Christ holding a can of beer in one hand and a cigarette in another appeared in a newspaper. Cries for swift government retribution filled the air, because after all Jesus is too weak to defend Himself! Wait, [...]

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 [...]

Christians For Blasphemy!

I wondered – who could these people be protesting? Then, I saw this other protest sign: God Will Punish Us For This Blasphemy [...]