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Blasphemy Day 2009 is part of The Campaign for Free Expression, a joint initiative between the Center for Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism, intended to focus attention on one of the most crucial components of the freethought movement: the right of individuals to express their viewpoints, opinions, and beliefs about all subject -- including religion.

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1680

Catholic League president Bill Donohue on Blasphemy Day:

The Center for Inquiry is factually incorrect to say that “Free speech is the foundation on which other liberties rest.” Freedom of conscience is the first liberty, and it is inextricably linked to freedom of religion. Moreover, the whole concept of inalienable rights presupposes a belief in the Creator. In other words, atheists have the right to mock religion because our Christian Founding Fathers afforded them human rights.

They are all such phonies. The stated purpose of Blasphemy Day has nothing to do with any religion but Islam, yet there is not one scheduled event insulting Muslims. We can only guess why. So who have they chosen to mock? You guessed it—Christians.

Artist Dana Ellyn will wander to Washington, D.C. to show her masterpiece, “Jesus Does His Nails,” a portrait of Jesus polishing a nail jammed into his hand. In Los Angeles, there will be a film about a gay molesting priest and another about a boy who is so angry about being sent to bed that he asks God to kill his parents. Oh, yes, American Atheists will conduct “De-Baptisms” in New Jersey.

Nice to know that even the atheists know that Christians can be counted on to react to their antics like good Christians. Which is why there will be no violence.

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Bill Donohue wrote:
The stated purpose of Blasphemy Day has nothing to do with any religion but Islam, yet there is not one scheduled event insulting Muslims. We can only guess why. So who have they chosen to mock? You guessed it—Christians.
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I think Penn Jillette said it best when he said Bill Donohue is a dipshit.


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Too soon.

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What's the difference between Jesus and a picture of Jesus?

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This thread may have potential yet.

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This thread definitely has potential.

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You people.

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You people.


On second thought, I really don't know how I feel about any of this. Maybe someone can try to explain how this accomplishes anything but piss people off.

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You people.


On second thought, I really don't know how I feel about any of this. Maybe someone can try to explain how this accomplishes anything but piss people off.


This thread or Blasphemy Day or both?

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Blasphemy day. It seems pretty pointless.

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Cause I was going to say, already this thread has made me laugh so it must be good for something.

If it wasn't for Blasphemy Day we would never have had this thread.

So in conclusion,

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theplatypus wrote:

On second thought, I really don't know how I feel about any of this. Maybe someone can try to explain how this accomplishes anything but piss people off.


I'd have to agree. I would assume the goal of these "institutions" would be to promote tolerance of secular beliefs and open mindedness.

I would call this kind of mean spirited if it didn't first come across as a sophomoric publicity stunt.

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Cpt. Murphy wrote:
theplatypus wrote:

On second thought, I really don't know how I feel about any of this. Maybe someone can try to explain how this accomplishes anything but piss people off.


I'd have to agree. I would assume the goal of these "institutions" would be to promote tolerance of secular beliefs and open mindedness.

I would call this kind of mean spirited if it didn't first come across as a sophomoric publicity stunt.

Publicity stunt. The question is, is a publicity stunt actually sophomoric in this case? It seems to me that publicity is exactly what organizations like CFI need. I think the whole point is to let people know they are out there and that it's ok to not be christian. Atheist pride, it's similar in many ways to gay pride. These people have been historically oppressed in one way or another so people just going out and "being atheist" (or secular humanist) serves a purpose in itself.

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Cpt. Murphy wrote:
theplatypus wrote:

On second thought, I really don't know how I feel about any of this. Maybe someone can try to explain how this accomplishes anything but piss people off.


I'd have to agree. I would assume the goal of these "institutions" would be to promote tolerance of secular beliefs and open mindedness.

I would call this kind of mean spirited if it didn't first come across as a sophomoric publicity stunt.

Publicity stunt. The question is, is a publicity stunt actually sophomoric in this case? It seems to me that publicity is exactly what organizations like CFI need. I think the whole point is to let people know they are out there and that it's ok to not be christian. Atheist pride, it's similar in many ways to gay pride. These people have been historically oppressed in one way or another so people just going out and "being atheist" (or secular humanist) serves a purpose in itself.


I agree with your sentiment. I'm sure there is a degree of sensationalism in Bill Donahue's description of the sorts of displays that will be going on, but I think where this crosses into buffoon territory is when you have displays that are designed to do no more than rile religious people (and let's be honest, "De-Baptisms", and paintings making fun of Christ on the cross are designed to piss people off). Your comparison to gay pride showings is spot one, and from what I've seen, those often cross the line to the degree that you have to wonder if the goal is to champion one's cause, or to simply piss the other guys off.

Basically, you run the risk of coming across in the same way that the TEA parties did, and I really doubt that is the idea here.

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To be sure, Blasphemy Day and the Blasphemy "Contest" are two very different things, I think.

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