Penn Jillette Celebrates Blasphemy Day in “Penn Says”
September 29, 2009
Penn Jillette, one-half of the magical duo " Penn & Teller ," is well-known for his outspokenness on matters of politics, religion, entertainment, TV, and indeed, whatever it is he feels like talking about at the moment.
The idea for Blasphemy Day International came from a CFI student group leader who approached CFI in the spring about putting its organizational support behind the proposed event—which I'm proud to say we did. Although controversial, defending the rights of free expression and free inquiry includes defending the right to blaspheme. As Paul Kurtz and Tom Flynn said , we need "to affirm the right to blaspheme by exercising it."
By the way, Penn mentions that "America should be very ashamed of" shirking from publishing the Danish Mohammed cartoons . That makes me especially proud that Free Inquiry magazine, published by the Council for Secular Humanism , was one of the first North American publications bold enough to print more than one of the twelve cartoons. (And for that, Borders bookstore refused to carry the issue .)
#1 Obamagirl1980 (Guest) on Tuesday September 29, 2009 at 11:25pm
Sorry Penn. I stopped caring about what you had about eternity once you became a game show host. “So blind are these blasphemers of Christ! For all their knowledge and intelligence, a great and glaring irony is lost on them: By fighting so hard to oppose Someone whose existence they deny, they are perhaps the most persuasive evidence that Jesus not only existed, but that He lives today and forever - and strikes fear in their hearts!” - The Bloviating Hammerhead
#2 atheist2009 (Guest) on Wednesday September 30, 2009 at 12:27am
Penn is awesome! Sorry, Obamagirl1980, but your quote contains logical fallacies, specifically the strawman argument. No, atheists are not “fighting so hard to oppose Someone whose existence they deny,” how can they oppose someone who does not exist? If anything atheists oppose the perpetuation and proliferation of the BELIEF in a non-existent being. In addition, there is no evidence that this being exists, only lack of evidence.
#3 Jason (Guest) on Wednesday September 30, 2009 at 2:43am
Obamagirl1980 (Gladys Bycke)spent a lot of time copying and pasting the above comments all over the web. Talk about someone fighting hard to support the existance of someone who most probably does not exist!
Apparently she thinks that fear is the greatest proof for a living Jesus’ existence. We’re supposed to be afraid of him and therefore that proves he exists. What a load!
#4 Russ Painter (Guest) on Wednesday September 30, 2009 at 5:18am
We’re not opposing “Christ” or any other myth. We’re opposing lying, and organizations promoting delusions so they can control people like you Gladys. Hope you wake up and see the world for what it is. It’s not as scary as you think.