September 30th: Blasphemy Day

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?

10 thoughts on “September 30th: Blasphemy Day

  1. While there are no laws (federal) in this country, some states do still have laws against blasphemy. Might I draw your attention here:
    I personally will be going very far out of my way to blaspheme on the 30th. I will likely be wearing a shirt with a pastor and microphone in the classic iPod silhouette style captioned “iFraud.” Other possibilities include a picture of a man with a telescope and a thought bubble saying “so, where did you say God was?”

    There are those people who take religion so literally that any contradiction is considered a personal assault. I consider blasphemy, for this reason, a public service. Blasphemy of the loud, obnoxious, in-your-face type is useful for its shock value. Atheists/agnostics/apatheists/skeptics/(etc) make up a fairly large minority of the population, but so frequently, most of the True Americanstm think we are less than 1% because we typically are not vocal. Personally, I find more interesting things to discuss than superstition, but taking one day out of the year to make it known that I think their religion is ridiculous is, I think, well worth the effort.


  2. Perhaps only in the hopes that from the caucaphony of sound might come the voice of reason.

    Debate is where we sharpen our tongues less, and our minds (if not wit) more.

    And, although I’ll respect your position on God, I have to submit I believe he issued us discernmentto sort out all of it – and, certainly your very question.

    By the way… For the sake of delicious irony – someone that apparently reads both our posts tracked me down and opined that I must be one of those “pushy” Christians. …sigh… I want to participate here on your Blog with transparency and subjectivism. So, I’ll invite readers to consider another of my posts: that should maintain perspective.



  3. You are aware blasphemy was recently made illegal in Ireland, right? This blog’s got its facts all wrong…and successful prosecution for blasphemy has occurred in recent years.

    Furthermore, legal issues aside, religion still gets a free pass from criticism, and Muslims are still murdering and rioting in “defense” of their religion against “insults”. If you don’t see the relevance of blasphemy day, you may be living in a box…


  4. Thanks for the link, Jim!! 🙂

    You make two good points, Lance — about Irish law, and about the murderous attempts of some Muslims to suppress blasphemy — but the way you say it is grim and slightly accusatory. You wouldn’t happen to be a former preacher, would you? You’ve kind of got the style down.


  5. If you really want to take the spirit of Blasphemy Day to heart – go shout “White Power!” at a NAACP convention – or “Black Power!” at a Klan get together. Coming up with cool epithets against others while among friends who agree with you is really just mooking around. Without the risk, it ain’t the real thing…


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