Why Christians Should Support The Right To Blaspheme

Sep 30, 2016

By Mark Woods

It’s International Blasphemy Day on Friday. Initiated by the New York-based Center for Inquiry in 2009 in the wake of the Danish Muhammad cartoons controversy, it’s designed to press home the need for everyone to be able to say what they like about religion without fear of being punished for it.

Forget for a moment that it was started by an atheist organisation. Forget that blasphemy and mockery directed against the God in whom we believe hurts and stings. This is something all Christians should support, for three reasons.

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8 comments on “Why Christians Should Support The Right To Blaspheme

  • This is something all Christians should support, for three reasons.

    I need only one: They violate the human right to freedom of expression. (All other reasons stem from that.)

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  • @OP – link – Some Christians are keen to oppose blasphemy laws in Muslim countries because they’re used against Christians, but want to retain legal sanctions against blaspheming the Christian faith in their own country. There are laws against blasphemy in at least 14 member states of the EU. The UK abolished the offence in 2008, but Northern Ireland retained it. Six US states still have blasphemy laws; the Massachusetts one threatens prison and a fine for anyone who “willfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God,

    That sounds like the usual religious thinking which claims privilege for its own tribe!
    “We decry bigoted discrimination against us, but claim the right to bigoted discrimination against others!”

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  • In the past I have defended – well not precisely defended – but given the good reason why Ireland has a blasphemy law. To refresh your memories, the law exists because the Constitution requires that there be a law, so the government obliged by passing a law that was so arcane in its wording that it would be almost impossible to prosecute. The alternative was to have referendum, which was bound to be expensive, divisive and a diversion from the important issues of government. Not a bad compromise.

    Now however Louis Theroux’, My Scientology Movie will not show here, because of the threat that the Church (Ha! Ha!), would mobilise its egregious legal cohorts to try to prosecute under the Blasphemy law. I don’t know what the chance of success would be, but you may be sure that any trial would be expensive, protracted and subject to multiple appeals. It looks like there will have to be a referendum after all.

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    Pinball1970 says:

    From the OP “God does not need us to be angry on his behalf. All too often, that’s just a sign of our insecurity. Instead, he needs us to witness to his loving grace.”

    Obviously I do agree with the, “witness..loving grace” part but I am pleased a religious person recognizes the insecurity part.
    Blasphemy could have got you thrown in prison or even executed in Europe a few hundred years ago.
    Christians have moved on.
    Good for them

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  • Christians have moved on.

    The statements in this article should not be construed as “moving on” in any meaningful sense of the phrase. They’re still talking about strengthening faith and spreading the “glory” of a nonexistent god. This is merely a (desperate?) move to protect the “queen” in a losing chess match. They’re just trying to make themselves appear to be the more reasonable among the deluded. And because some of the logic is sound, it will probably work, at least for a while.

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  • It has always amazed me why people think that their god needs defending
    to the point of killing another human being. And honor killing is just crazy.
    A girl brings dishonor to her family because she marries somebody they
    don’t approve of but the father or brother doesn’t bring dishonor to the
    family when the girl is brutally murdered.Give me a break!! If there is any
    evil in this world I would called honor killing evil whether you believe
    in god or not.Evil, replusive,obnoxious etc.What did the girl do?.Just what
    any normal human would do.Followed her heart and married the man
    she loved just like most of us do in our modern secular world.My hope
    is this practice will become a relic of history.Far too many young
    women have died doing what is quite normal for us in our modern
    Western civilization!!

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    Pinball1970 says:


    We have talked about this before on other threads Pecan (not you and I, other posters)

    Not all religions are equally bad and I think we have to recognize that

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  • Religious people know deep down that they are believing in delusions such as a god or gods. So when someone comes along and clearly states the “The Emperor has no clothes!”, it rattles the foundation of their religion, and that they cannot tolerate. So these religious zealots resort to killing anyone who will not conform and are blasphemous, for that shakes their belief in fantasies. It is all about control.

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