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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy Blasphemy Day!

Yes. Today is Blasphemy Day International.

What does that mean? First of all it’s not about pissing off believers just for the sake of it. It’s more about reminding us that nothing is out of the limits of criticism. If that were the case, we would easily have “crime thoughts” by doubting what others cling to.

How is this idea born? A day like today in 2005 a Danish newspaper published a cartoon of Mohammed that angered muslims around the world. The disgust might be understood since for Muslims depicting the prophet is a big offense. The problem is when they try to make that concept applicable to others. And it gets worse when that disgust comes with destruction. Certainly, rational adults don’t destroy things when they get angry.

But this idea is not only to focus on cartoons and the right newspapers have to publish them. The idea is to spread the idea that everything can be questioned with a good argument. Politicians are questioned, directors are criticized and policies get discussed. So must be religious beliefs that affect others. The idea behind the cartoon was to depict the relationship between Islamic beliefs and violence, which was proven by the behavior of Mohammed’s followers. Christianity also has its own share of intolerance, as in the case of Ireland passing laws against blasphemy, which might result as a threat to everyone who dares making fun or even questioning such beliefs. Even comedy might be banned under those laws, for it would empower believers to feel “offended” at anything they don’t like.

So, for the sake of the freedom to question and laugh at nonsensical beliefs, I present you with a couple of videos that, while funny, make a very interesting point.

Steve Carrel and Stephen Colbert present us why nonbelievers often laugh at believers who think they are right and everybody else who beliefs something different is not. We are not talking about a scientific theory, or a particular taste. It's just "my imaginary friend is better than your imaginary friend."

But if we talk about "major league" disrespect and blasphemy...

If there is a god, he/she must be laughing his ass off with this guy sitting at his right, showing him/her what his/her followers did down here.

And finally, a random cartoon from Jesus and Mo.

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"Que esté permitido a cada uno pensar como quiera; pero que nunca le esté permitido perjudicar por su manera de pensar" Barón D'Holbach
"Let everyone be permitted to think as he pleases; but never let him be permitted to injure others for their manner of thinking" Barón D'Holbach