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Blasphemy Rights Day 2011: In Case You Missed It

October 5, 2011

International Blasphemy Rights Day was September 30th, but there is still time to celebrate and promote the right to dissent! Check out what others have been doing and saying about IBRD.

The following is a digest of articles of interest from CFI On Campus affiliate groups, supporters, and others interested in the topic of blasphemy. Email us if you have an article that you’d like to post about International Blasphemy Rights Day.

The University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers have articles from Cory DerringerKeenan CrowDoug ShawMichael Dippold, and Adam Shannon posted on their blog. Plus, their efforts to raise awareness for blasphemy rights sparked an interesting letter to the Northern Iowan paper that is posted here.

The Illini Secular Student Alliance has posts from Sam Shore and Rebecca Tippens, as well as a letter to the editor from Max McKittrick.

The official blog of University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists, & Agnostics had posts from Dave Muscato before and after their events.

Matt Foss wrote an article for Skeptic Freethought called “Don’t take freedom of speech for granted–Blasphemy Rights Day.” 

Astrid Lydia Johannsen also wrote an article on Skeptic Freethought about IBRD

Amanda Knief from Secular Coalition for America wrote an article “Celebrate International Blasphemy Rights Day: It’s a Victimless Crime!” in which she reminds readers that several countries still have laws criminalizing blasphemy.

Ron Lindsay, president and CEO of Center for Inquiry, wrote an article on his No Faith Value blog about IBRD. 

Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, had a brief piece about the Secular Alliance at the University of Pittsburgh blasphemous cupcake sale. I would buy one of those cupcakes!

Jen McCreight, the Blag Hag blogger, wrote an article here about blasphemy rights day, the Jesus Fan Club, and new friendships with the Christian Fellowship.

I’m sure that there were even more articles out there, so feel free to post them in the comments and I will spread the thoughts and laughs and important ideas around.

Thanks to everyone who participated and stood up for free expression! 



About the Author: Dren Asselmeier

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Dren Asselmeier does student outreach as a campus organizer at the Center for Inquiry. She got her start as an organizer while interning at Center for Inquiry–Michigan in 2008. She stayed until 2010 as a volunteer campus coordinator, and was CFI–Michigan Freethinker of the Year in 2009, as well as president of Center for Inquiry–Grand Valley State University. Dren has a B.A. in English from Grand Valley State University. She is the president of Buffalo Area Non-Profit Professionals, an event volunteer at Buffalo Subversive Theatre, and a contributor to the Buffalo Storyteller Hour. 




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