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Happy Blasphemy Rights Day

I almost forgot that today is International Blasphemy Rights Day, probably because, for the first time in a few years, I’m not speaking anywhere as part of the day’s festivities. I was invited to speak at the University of Illinois but I had to turn it down because I had another engagement a few days later that I would need the time to prepare for. Alas, that later event got postponed and now I wish I’d accepted the invitation. I actually have video of the “stand up skeptic” presentation I did last year for CFI Michigan for the occasion but I haven’t taken the time to get it converted and uploaded to Youtube.

Anyway, happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

Comments

  1. The Christian Cynic says

    The University of Illinois as in Urbana-Champaign? If so, I wish you’d accepted it; that’s probably the closest you come to me at all, and I likely would’ve tried to attend if possible. Too bad.

    Before anyone else posts it, you should all watch this today (NSFW).

  2. jshaffer says

    Tabby Lavalamp asked:

    Is it appropriate to throw a tantrum if anyone wishes us a “Happy Holidays” instead?

    I think we’re required by law to throw a tantrum.

  3. says

    Want to blaspheme? It’s your right!
    Because, in this world, God’s a blight.
    If you’d be inclined
    to open your mind
    the fires of freedom you’ll ignite.

  4. says

    I need to mark my calendar for some of these holidays. Guess I’ll throw out a little of my own blasphemy here, and maybe post a more extensive list on my blog.

    1. It is unlikely that any god exists.
    2. Evolution is demonstrably true and has been used for pragmatic purposes.
    3. Priests, ministers, and people of faith are mere mortals just like the rest of us.
    4. “Supernatural” is a nonsense word used to force double standards of evidence and cause unnecessary confusion. The monism of materialism has contributed far more to our understanding of the universe than dualism.
    5. The universe has no inherent meaning or purpose. People choose to make meaning and purpose.
    6. The god of the Bible is a cruel, psychotic egomaniac whose ability to love falls far short of your average human’s. It’s good that he’s fictional, and just in case he’s not, it’s good that he can be defeated by iron chariots.
    7. When dealing with the difficult questions of the origin of the laws of physics, the cause of the Big Bang, “I don’t know” is an honest and humble answer for a typical human, including many of the scientists studying cosmology and physics. “A god did it” is an assertion based only on arrogance and hubris.

  5. roland72 says

    I hereby deny the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit? What a crock of shit. There, that should do – that’s my eternal damnation sorted out for this year. Good job!

  6. Michael Heath says

    I was nine years old when I ran my first experiment. I was walking through a cemetery with some buddies, each of us hoping to scare the others without getting too scared ourselves. My ploy was to yell “God damn it”. Nothing happened; having been raised fundie I was somewhat surprised and incredibly relieved.

  7. rork says

    The Red Spirits, Spirits of Rot, and Smoke-Magic-Woman, are not real, unless you mean bacteria and fungi when you refer to the Rot Spirits.
    This blasphemy brought to you from Papua New Guinea.

    Sacrilege is better: the neighboring tribe that has men perform anal sex on the young initiates in the boys-becoming-men rites (it makes the young men fertile) are abominators. Of course they think the same about us, who do it orally, as the Red Spirits require. But it is they that shall surely be punished.

  8. 386sx says

    It’s a sad testimony to the ubiquity of religious indoctrination that we have only one day for celebrating the blasphemy rights. Let us all unite and celebrate this day –those who are people of faith, and those who are none. Today is a day of solidarity for us all.

  9. rwahrens says

    This should be a universally celebrated day, after all, since one man’s theology is another man’s blasphemy, aren’t we ALL blasphemers? (I know, I know, Heinlein used the phrase “belly laugh”, but this just seemed to fit the occasion.)

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