International Blasphemy Rights Day 2010

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

Thursday, September 30th
Thursday, September 30th

International Blasphemy Rights Day takes 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.

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. The 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.

Resources are available online to help your campus group get involved with International Blasphemy Rights 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 to get involved.