Today is Blasphemy Day; a day to raise awareness about these crimes against humanity committed in the name of one god or another. Although we enjoy a much greater amount of religious freedom here in Canada, we are not immune to these inane types of suppression of speech. Even so, I feel little threat of being jailed or executed for exercising my freedom of speech as others around the world do.
Even in the U.S., there is currently a teenager who is facing prosecution for putting himself against statue of Jesus in a, uh, "compromising position". I doubt that these charges will ever stick. Even so, I firmly believe that no person should have to face potential criminal charges and harassment for a teenage lapse in judgement and/or good taste; least of all when no person is hurt and no property has been damaged by their actions or words.
I look forward to a day when worldwide, we can openly discuss our ideas without threat of harassment, persecution or violence. In that vein, I would like to offer up some of my own words of blasphemy in an act of solidarity with those around the world who are oppressed.
If your god is potentially insulted by anything that I might have to say: you've made him up. Any god too weak to stand up for himself is obviously not real, and any words to the contrary are not offensive to a god; they are offensive only insecure followers.
And on that note, I offer the following blasphemous cartoon that some of you might find amusing, and others of us will probably hate me for.
|Cartoon courtesy of Jesus and Mo http://www.jesusandmo.net/2010/01/05/care/|