International Blasphemy Rights Day 2010

Posted by : Rev. Ouabache | Thursday, September 30, 2010 | Published in

September 30th has rolled around again. That means that it is time for International Blasphemy Rights Day. This year is different since they added the word "Rights" to the name. That makes things more positive, I suppose. That's not going to stop me from blaspheming everything right and left though. (Fuck your god, whichever one you worship.)

The Center for Inquiry has also been doing a Campaign for Free Expression and had a video contest. They just announced the winner and I thought it was particularly moving:



He's makes an excellent point. The first amendment isn't there to protect popular ideas. They can take care of themselves. The first amendment is meant to protect unpopular, unsavory and yes, even downright hateful ideas. It protects my right to say "fuck all gods" but also protects Fred Phelps, the KKK, holocaust deniers, idiots who want to burn Korans, and even idiots who want to build a mosque in Lower Manhattan. Freedom of speech means that sometimes assholes win, but that is infinitely better than the alternative of allowing the government to squash dissent with impunity. Today is about celebrating the fact that everyone has right to be wrong. If we don't allow others to exercise it then we all lose.

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  1. Reverend Loveshade said...

    Excellent points. At least most of them. But some of these ideas are stupid and you shouldn't be allowed to post them.

    Here's some extremely unpopular ideas from the past:

    The emperor is not really God.
    Slavery should be outlawed.
    Women have souls.
    Maybe God doesn't want our nation to commit genocide.
    It is all right to slaughter babies.

    January 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM

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