Monthly Archives: September 2009

Our own Muhammad cartoon controversy (revisited)

In light of today, here’s a link to a past post of mine that had to do with this controversial cartoon:

What he said:

By the way, I didn’t want to single out just the [communion] cracker, so I nailed it to a few ripped-out pages from the Qur’an and The God Delusion. They are just paper. Nothing must be held sacred. Question everything. God is not great, Jesus is not your lord, you are not disciples of any charismatic prophet. You are all human beings who must make your way through your life by thinking and learning, and you have the job of advancing humanity’s knowledge by winnowing out the errors of past generations and finding deeper understanding of reality. You will not find wisdom in rituals and sacraments and dogma, which build only self-satisfied ignorance, but you can find truth by looking at your world with fresh eyes and a questioning mind.

The infamous blasphemous playlist

A sampling of some of the songs for tomorrow:

  • Jesusland by Ben Folds
  • Jesus walking on the water by Violent Femmes
  • God by Tori Amos
  • Opiate by Tool
  • Jesus Saves by Slayer
  • Heresy by Nine Inch Nails
  • Dear God by XTC (and also a Sarah McLachlan cover of it)
  • God by John Lennon (and of course, his Imagine)
  • My head hurts, my feet stink, and I don’t love Jesus by Jimmy Buffett
  • God’s Song by Randy Newman
  • Cathedral by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Jesus thinks you’re a jerk by Frank Zappa
  • Every sperm is sacred by Monty Python (along with Always look on the bright side)
  • God thinks by Voltaire
  • Lake of fire by Nirvana
  • Losing my religion by REM
  • Devil’s haircut by Beck
  • Neon bible by Arcade Fire
  • In the name of God by Ziggy Marley
  • With God on our side by Bob Dylan

A heretical mix, if ever there was one!

Why Blasphemy Day?

Lots of my free time (ha. ha.) has been taken up over the last few weeks and days in preparation for the Blasphemy Day activities of tomorrow afternoon (12-2pm, Arts 211, come join us!).

I’m sure there’s a lot of people who read this blog or read my Facebook entries who are wondering why I’m so pumped over this overtly-heretical day. Hmm, maybe “wondering” isn’t the right word for some feelings out there — I’m sure there are some of y’all who are none too pleased at the level of glee I’m taking in blaspheming.

So, why? Why Blasphemy Day?

Is it because I’ve got serious issues with God? No. For one, I don’t think God even exists (especially the Christianized conception of God), so it’s a bit difficult to hold grudges against something that’s invisible and nonexistent.

Is it because I’m angry and bitter at the church and/or believers? No. While I’ve had my lion’s share of crappy church experiences, I don’t let those motivate my atheist activism. Sure, these experiences may help to fuel some of my passion behind what I say or do, but it’s not my primary motivator for tomorrow’s events.

Is it because I’m utterly disrespectful of belief and relish in mocking it? Hmm, well I can’t give as resounding of a “no” here, but this reason still isn’t my main motivator in celebrating this day.

I’m excited to celebrate blasphemy tomorrow because I truly believe that no idea or belief is sacred or unquestionable (including my own!). No ideology should be hands-off when it comes to critique or satire. No one should ever fear censure or death for daring to speak out and question the dogma or tenets of a belief system.

That’s what Blasphemy Day is all about. September 30th was chosen to commemorate the publishing of the Mohammad cartoons of 2005 that caused such a global uproar of protest and censorship. All that uproar for what? These cartoonish depictions of a certain prophet:

From the Blasphemy Day 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.

[...] 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 is the reason why I’m so behind “celebrating” blasphemy tomorrow.

That’s also the reason why you, whether or not you’re religiously-inclined, should be just as excited to celebrate along with me.

tomorrow!

Atheist bus ads hit Saskatoon!

This week the local freethinkers group (that I’m a part of) just started running these ads in local buses.

The running of the ads are just in time for the festivities of International Blasphemy Day on Wednesday! I’ve been busy planning our “celebrations” for the day, and I’ll later post some of what we do.

If you’re locally around, and would like to join us on Wednesday, we’ll be in Arts 211 from 12-2pm. Some of the activities we’ve got planned include debaptisms, a blasphemy challenge, and maybe some godless face-painting. I’ve even set up a blasphemous playlist on my iPod for the occasion.

See ya there.

What he said:

Another must-see YouTube gem from QualiaSoup:

“It’s not whether we believe in gods but how we TREAT each other that says the most about our character.”