International Blasphemy Rights Day 2013 Twitter Contest

As part of International Blasphemy Rights Day 2013, the Center for Inquiry announces a Twitter contest that challenges Twitter users to express in 140 characters or less why the right to criticize religion is important.

International Blasphemy Rights Day, part of CFI’s broader Campaign for Free Expression, is an initiative to focus attention and efforts on defending the universal right to blaspheme. It is held each year on Sept. 30 to commemorate the 2005 decision of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten to publish a dozen cartoons lampooning the Islamic prophet Muhammad, which prompted violent demonstrations and deadly riots around the world. CFI’s magazine, Free Inquiry, was the first U.S.-based publication to republish several of the cartoons in its April-May 2006 issue. As a result, The Borders Group refused to carry this issue in its Borders and Waldenbooks stores.

Around the world, governments prohibit any questioning of religion. The Center for Inquiry maintains that religious ideas should be subject to examination just like any other ideas, and that there should be no restrictions on speech critical of religion. We are running this contest to encourage support for this view.

To enter this contest, contestants simply need to create a phrase of 140 characters or less and Tweet it from their account with the hashtag #IBRDcontest.

The contest begins at noon EDT (New York time) on Sunday, Sept. 29, and ends midnight EDT (New York time) on Friday, Oct. 4. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 14.

First prize is $280 USD and a free one-year subscription to Free Inquiry. Second prize is $140 USD and a free one-year subscription to Free Inquiry. Both winners will also receive mention on CFI’s website.

To review the rules of this contest, please click here.

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