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 .)