As many of you may know, the 30th of September was International Blasphemy Day. A brief description of Blashpemy day from that website;
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.
I did not wake up that morning planning to make a big deal of it. However, my rather limp wristed blasphemous Facebook update sparked a
typical exchange between some non-religious and some religious types;
Yeah, it was time for me to speak up again;
And that was not the end of it, I got a little backup;
I accidentally cut off the end of Louis’ second last comment, which finishes as follows;
But institutions and ideas are not automatically entitled to claim respect — and in the case of faith, respect to the point of not allowing people to even criticize it. That’s bullshit. I also agree with Angela that the blasphemy issue is an issue about free speech and expression. EVERYONE should watch this 20-minute speech by Christopher Hitchens on this issue: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6379618149058958603&ei=18zDSpPUFNTF-Aby1t3PBg&q=christopher+hitchens+free+speech
Of course, it’s only blasphemous if it insults your own personal beliefs. When I got far more bold, I got far fewer comments;