Happy Blasphemy Day!
Yes; it’s that time of year again. Let the shameless blasphemers raise their voices in decrying the ignorance and stupidity of any laws against that thing some call blasphemy.
I’m lucky to be living in the United States, where the thing some people call blasphemy is not against the law.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution
That clause protects me when I want to say things that members of one religion or another might find offensive. Can you imagine if your speech was restricted in such a way that you were never allowed to offend anyone? For myself, I’d hardly be able to open my mouth if outside of my own home. That’s assuming that there were no hidden microphones recording my every word.
What would be next? Thought crimes? Don’t you dare have a single impure thought, or we’re going to throw you in the stocks!
Blasphemy is a concept that means nothing outside of the religious structure which defines it. Not everyone follows a religion, and those that do, frequently don’t agree on what parts of religion are true, or which god is the right god, or which way is the proper way to pray. How could they ever agree on what is blasphemy and what is not?
Here’s a toast to free speech. May it spread far and wide, until no one is ever punished for the mere act of offending someone else’s tender sensibilities.
I feel that I would be remiss if I squandered the opportunity to offend people with one of my blog posts. Why? Because I can. Here are a few words that might get me put to death in various places around the world:
- Jesus can kiss my cancer-ridden lily-white ass.
- The Pope isn’t worthy to lick the sweat off my balls, but I bet he’d enjoy it.
- Mohammed was a child molester, and an illiterate goat-fucker.
- Saul of Tarsus was a misogynistic prick. Fuck him.
- Siddhārtha Gautama was a pretentious asshole, and he’s been having the last laugh for centuries.
- Thor was an ignorant oaf. Loki drank his mead and fucked his women behind his back.