Did you do anything blasphemic that was worthwhile today?
Let us know 🙂
Paul Lundgren wrote an open letter to the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue in which he explains why he criticizes the Catholic Church:
Bluntly speaking, you deserve it. Your church has no claim to morality of any kind anymore at all. The crimes committed under the steeples of your church all over the world are what are truly appalling. But the cover-ups, the papal edicts ordering the cover-ups, and the consistent, system-wide, organized reaction of the church to protect its reputation first, minimize the financial damage second, and make amends — maybe — third is inexcusable and make me want to barf. You have no excuses anymore. You are not a model of piety and morality, you are an ironclad example of how NOT to do morality.
One day, I hope Paul tells us how he really feels 🙂
On the other end, Thomas Verenna, one of the organizers of the original Blasphemy Challenge, wants nothing to do with Blasphemy Day:
A few years ago, I helped organize the Blasphemy Challenge. At the time, it was useful. We had a target (Christians who never read the Bible). We had a purpose (to allow atheists to step out of the “closet” and tell the world they were not afraid). We brought atheism into the media light–even before Dawkins’ book The God Delusion (2006) hit book shelves and took off running. We challenged preconceived notions about atheism by letting atheists speak for themselves. This was over four years ago.
While some may say that Blasphemy Day is the same, it isn’t. There was a message behind the Blasphemy Challenge; it was not meant to ridicule. It was meant to awaken minds. Blasphemy Day has no real message other than to say “We’re here, now STFU and watch while I degrade this crucifix!”…
As I said earlier today, blaspheming without any good reason serves no useful purpose other than to piss off religious people.
If we have no message to send — no way to uplift people — they’re not going to drop their faith just because we mock it.