Today is the 6th anniversary of the infamous Danish Muhammad cartoons, an event that inspired violence and death — and why? Because of the questioning of a religion. No idea or ideology should be off-limits. The Center for Inquiry initially started Blasphemy Rights Day, and according to their website:
The purpose of this event is to set a particular day as a day to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and to oppose any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, that discourage or inhibit free speech of any kind. The focus on ‘blasphemy’ is simply because it is such a salient issue, and one for which a lot of consciousness-raising is necessary.
I’m all in favor of a little blasphemy — because, after all, it is a victimless crime.
In honor of the day, here’s a video from our 2009 Blasphemy Day event on campus. Here’s my denial of the Holy Spirit:
For a good time, check out some of the comments that video inspired!