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« on: September 29, 2009, 13:58:52 PM »

Tomorrow, 30th September, is International Blasphemy Day. It's not a fun day like International Talk Like A Pirate Day, but rather a day to remind us of how intolerant religion can be. The 30th of September was chosen because it's the anniversary of the original publication of the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, and we all know the result of the decision to publish those controversial cartoons.

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International Blasphemy Day is not just a day.  It is a movement to dismantle the wall which exists between religion and criticism.


The primary focus of the Blasphemy Day movement and indeed this website is not to debate the existence of any gods or deities (there is an abundance of fantastic websites which deal explicitly with that argument all over the internet, check the Web Links section).

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.  Any visual depiction of Muhammad is considered a grave offence under Islamic law.

The fury which arose within the Islamic community following this publication led to massive riots, attacks on foreign embassies and deaths.

The newspapers which chose to publish these cartoons were in many cases blamed for the outpouring of violence which followed.  This unfortunate yet inevitable sequence of events clearly demonstrated a dangerous misconception that had piggy-backed into the 21st century on the shoulders of ignorance, fear and apathy, that all religious beliefs and ideas deserve respect and are beyond criticism or satire.

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.
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2009, 20:54:53 PM »

God's an unconscionable bastard with a spoilt four-year-old's sense of humor. The holy ghost's an egg fart in a Jiffy bag.

Today's the 30th, right?
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009, 13:50:13 PM »

Goddamnit, I missed it!
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 15:17:02 PM »

What do you guys think of A dissenting view about "Blasphemy Day" ?

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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2009, 18:50:38 PM »

What do you guys think of A dissenting view about "Blasphemy Day" ?



I have to agree with this. Sure, they call us names every day, but this can only end in a slinging match. Who can come up with the worst name for the other side. We are better than this, we've got logical arguments.
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2009, 19:48:34 PM »

Didn't you think the comparison with Nazism and apologising was going a bit far though?
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2009, 07:40:05 AM »

Yes, maybe it is going to far. But I also think that calling their god something bad will only get the tempers up. When that happens things like the response to the Danish cartoons happen.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2009, 09:56:15 AM »

Hang on a second. This is about the principle of freedom of speech. Without it we have nothing. The point of view of any atheist is in itself, utter blasphemy. Just discussing your opinion on God, no matter how lightly you try to convey it, in the end revolves around saying he doesn't exist, and that is blasphemy in the eye of any believer. It doesn't have to be the slinging of mud to get's the opponents panties in a bunch.

What about this thread. Do we condone the fact that loonies have this power to shut us up whenever they want to? Should we just not say anything in fear of offending them? Err, no thank you. Believers are hyper sensitive and are going to get upset and fling mud no matter how rational and even handed you try to be.

And no, I think the Danish cartoons becoming the rationale for violence and censorship, is utter bullshit and I applaud the guys who published it in the first place. They are not in the wrong here. Those who incited violence because of some cartoon, they are in the wrong.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2009, 18:32:34 PM »

Go, BoggieMonster! I was having a similar discussion here.

I'd appreciate all of your skeptical thoughts.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2009, 11:39:23 AM »

This is about the principle of freedom of speech. Without it we have nothing. The point of view of any atheist is in itself, utter blasphemy. Just discussing your opinion on God, no matter how lightly you try to convey it, in the end revolves around saying he doesn't exist, and that is blasphemy in the eye of any believer. It doesn't have to be the slinging of mud to get's the opponents panties in a bunch.
All true, but I think that a softer approach might be more productive.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2009, 10:00:18 AM »

Hmm, my most recent message in this thread has disappeared. Huh?

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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2009, 12:40:14 PM »

Aaugh! Sad If memory serves, it was a rather good one.
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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2009, 18:41:29 PM »

Hmm, my most recent message in this thread has disappeared. Huh?

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Mine too. I said you convinced me and I shall from now on call him/it a #$%@& piece of #$%@$ but not here because somebody might take offence - at the swearing.
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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2009, 21:18:55 PM »

Glad we have a new convert to the cause! Grin

but not here because somebody might take offence

God damn them! Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2009, 00:00:37 AM »

All true, but I think that a softer approach might be more productive.
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the softer approach is alway said to be more "productive"... aren't you sick and tired of mollycoddling people who prefer that? I don't know about you, but i am sick and tired of catering to other people's sensitivities all the time...
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