Blasphemy Day International

Note: This is a global event that appears on all event calendars.

Starts
Wednesday, September 30th

(Click here for information about International Blasphemy Rights Day 2010.)

Blasphemy Day International is a campaign seeking to establish a day to promote free speech and stand up in a show of solidarity for the freedom to challenge, criticize, and satirize religion without fear of murder, litigation, and reprisal. Blasphemy Day is part of the Campaign for Free Expression, a CFI initiative to focus efforts and attention on one of the crucial components of freethought, the right of individuals to express their viewpoints, opinions, and beliefs. It is the obligation of the world's nations to safeguard dissent and the dissenters, not to side with the brutal interests of those who demand 'respect' for their beliefs (i.e., immunity to being criticized or mocked or they threaten violence).

Blasphemy Day will take place every September 30th, to commemorate the publishing of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons. The purpose of this event is to set a particular day as a day to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and to oppose any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, that discourage or inhibit free speech of any kind. The focus on 'blasphemy' is simply because it is such a salient issue, and one for which a lot of consciousness-raising is necessary. Religion has had a free ticket from criticism for too long, and it's time we make it clear to the world that we have a right to oppose it.

The goal is not out to promote hate or violence. While many perceive blasphemy as insulting and offensive, it isn't about getting enjoyment out of ridiculing and insulting others. Blasphemy Day was created as a reaction against those who would seek to take away the right to satirize and criticize a particular set of beliefs given a privileged status over other beliefs. Criticism and dissent towards opposing views is the only way in which any nation with any modicum of freedom can exist.

New resources are available online to help your campus group get involved with Blasphemy Day and other aspects of the Campaign for Free Expression. If you are interested in volunteering as an individual, you can join the new CFI campus Activism Committee and help defend the right to free expression on a national or international level. E-mail oncampus@centerforinquiry.net to get involved.