Blasphemy Day

Tomorrow (30th September) is Blasphemy Day!

“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.”  In many countries, people who criticise  religious beliefs are jailed, tortured and even murdered.  It should not be a crime to criticise religion or use it in humour.

Imagine being arrested for posting an image like this:

Jesus Does His Nails by Dana Ellyn

Jesus Does His Nails by Dana Ellyn

Or not being able to criticise an element of religious law or belief for fear of being shot or tortured.

Everyone deserves the right to express their honest opinions about religion.

Spread the word and go out and do something blasphemous!

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6 responses to “Blasphemy Day

  1. I am going to go around dressed as John Cleese from Life of Brian saying ‘Are there any women here today?’

  2. “He’s not the Messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy!”
    “What have the Romans ever done for us?”

    Love that film!

  3. Hmm…I was a bit early! Blogged a couple of days ago: “Practice what you preach”. Not sure if you heard about the new ruling going to take place in Victoria where organisations run by the church will be allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation and parental status. Bloody ridiculous if you ask me. Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox now. My post was questioning that along with religion as a whole.

    By the way, the cartoon was funny! :)

    • I did read about that ruling and was rather disgusted by it. To allow an organisation to discriminate based on any status is just wrong.

  4. An interesting exchange between Dana Ellyn, featured artist at Washington DC’s Blasphemy Day event, and a fundamentalist preacher. It can be found at The Bloviating Hammerhead Blog:
    http://thebloviatinghammerhead.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/september-30th-is-blasphemy-day-by-jim-bennett/

  5. *joins in*

    Happy Blasphemy Day!