Blasphemy Rights Day Twitter Contest Winners

October 15, 2013

The world has been witness to what can only be described as a global crackdown on free expression, as governments persecute and imprison those who express dissenting beliefs about religion and politics. At the center of this battle, we often find Twitter.

Because Twitter has been both an invaluable tool for free expression, as well as a target for oppressors, CFI’s Campaign for Free Expression
http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/R?i=7Nt6dxXBo0uF_a4LcKhnHA 
launched a Twitter contest to mark International Blasphemy Rights Day, asking users of the service to express in 140 characters or less (and including the hashtag #IBRDContest) why the right to criticize religion is so important.
http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/R?i=TFzYkCQ4XRQJstWlC1teyw

And now we have our winners!

Our first place winner, who will receive $280 USD and a free one-year subscription to Free Inquiry
http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/R?i=wIHYR8y7jbYwauWJoMFKFA,
is William Keener (@SkepticalPoet), of Sherrills Ford, NC, and a founding member and media representative with the Charlotte Coalition of Reason. William tweeted: “Banning criticism of ideas is banning ideas.”
http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/R?i=O0Wh8GN2W8BeC9utbXD-tA

http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/R?i=ftvqWxuNYh4ug34ZZAnzCg 

We had a tie from our judges for second place, and so both entrants will receive $140 USD and free one-year subscriptions to Free Inquiry.

The first is Marit Rogne (@marit_rogne) of Ypsilanti, MI, who said: “Without questions, there are no answers.”
http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/R?i=xFt7i5O8oJIopD7PaZPeBQ 

The second is Keenan Crow (@krow9768) of Des Moines, IA, who wisely observes: “Criticism is the currency in the marketplace of ideas. You either pay the entry fee or you don’t get to participate.”
http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/R?i=gs4_bpwZYgIRjQL35XLm8Q 

Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated, and so eloquently and succinctly expressed why the right to blasphemy - to dissenting religious expression, criticism and satire - is a fundamental human right. 

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The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. CFI’s web address is www.centerforinquiry.net.