Defend Dissent All This Week for International Blasphemy Rights Day

September 26, 2016

This week, let’s take a stand for the right to question and criticize ideas and beliefs, and demand an end to the attacks and arrests of those who exercise that right.

International Blasphemy Rights Day is this Friday, September 30, and in the days leading up, we invite you to be a part of the fight for this most fundamental of human rights. On Friday we’ll make a very important announcement to help us do even more.


In too many countries around the world, criticizing religion is illegal. We’ve seen the consequences of these laws too many times — when a tweet or a post on Facebook declaring one’s atheism or questioning a tenet of religion leads to arrests, beatings, prison, and sometimes death sentences. 

Sometimes religious militants make their own laws, deciding for themselves that expressions of dissent justify brutal killings, like the grisly murders of secularists in Bangladesh, or attacks on religious minorities in Pakistan. 

During the week of International Blasphemy Rights Day, show your solidarity with those with the courage to speak out, and stand in defiance of those who would silence them. 

Starting today, Monday, visit CFI’s Campaign for Free Expression, and keep coming back each day this week. There you’ll find new action items for getting involved in the fight for free expression, and for bringing more allies into that fight. On Friday, we’ll announce something very special for International Blasphemy Rights Day.

These are the themes for each day of this week:

  • Today, Sept 26: Put Blasphemy on the 2016 Campaign Radar
  • Tuesday, Sept 27: Get Educated
  • Wednesday, Sept 28: Get the Word Out
  • Thursday, Sept 29: Take Action
  • Friday, Sept 30 - International Blasphemy Rights Day: Save Lives

And follow @Center4Inquiry on Twitter to find more articles, information, and sharable content on blasphemy laws and the struggle for free expression around the world.

Ideas don’t need rights.
Beliefs don’t need protection.
But people do.

Join us at right now, and come back each day this week. It’s time to defend dissent.

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and will soon be home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at