By William Wan
Here’s an interesting celebration some folks are trying to start today: The first ever International Blasphemy Day. The organization behind it is the Center for Inquiry, a secular/atheist group that among other things explores paranormal and fringe claims.
The point of Blasphemy Day, the center claims, is “not to offend the religious,” although there will probably be plenty of that, but to focus attention on “the right of the individual to express their viewpoints opinions, and beliefs about all subjects–including religion.”
The group purposefully picked today, Sept 30, for their celebration because it’s the anniversary of the 2005 Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, which set off riots among Islamic communities abroad.
Among the smattering of events is an exhibit of “blasphemous paintings” by DC artist Dana Ellyn tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the CFI’s offices at 621 Pennsylvania Ave, SE. There’s also planned in coming weeks a blasphemy contest, a free expression essay scholarship contest for college students, a cartoon contest (uh-oh), and some discussions, petitions, etc.