Blasphemy: n. the act of denying or scoffing at God or God’s alleged attributes.
I just heard the news that the Center for Inquiry and its sister organization, the Council for Secular Humanism, have teamed up to sponsor a Blasphemy Day this September 30th. Before you yawn, consider they probably mean well.
Time was when blasphemy was a crime and a blasphemy day might have been a wake up slap to the powers that be. Back then, setting aside a day to blaspheme might have accomplished something. But today? Isn’t every school kid a blasphemer these days?
At least, those were my first thoughts upon hearing of a Blasphemy Day this year. I wondered what the point could be. It’s 2009. Most days, I’m of the opinion that the Judeo-Christian God — “God” with a capital “G” — is too ridiculous to exist, and that the various more sophisticated gods of the philosophers and theologians are unnecessary to explain anything. No one is stopping me these days from expressing those opinions, so what could be the point of my going out of my way to blaspheme?
I’m curious. Any ideas?