Blasphemy Day

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International Blasphemy Day is 30 September 2009

€25,000 Fine For Blasphemy in Ireland

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MINISTER FOR Justice Dermot Ahern is to cut proposed fines for blasphemy from €100,000 to €25,000, under changes to be made to the Defamation Act next week.

Mr Ahern said the legislation, which passed its committee stage in the Dáil yesterday, has been drafted to “make it virtually impossible to get a successful prosecution [for blasphemy] out of it”.

A blasphemy prosecution has not been won for a century, while powers already in force under the 1961 Defamation Act have never been used.

The Government is currently modernising Ireland’s defamation laws, which passed its committee stage in the Dáil last evening.

Under Article 40 of the Constitution, “the publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter” is a criminal offence.

Mr Ahern insists blasphemy must remain a crime, unless the reference to it in the Constitution is removed. “It is already there in the 1961 Act, and it is in the Constitution and we have to comply with the Constitution. You are in derogation of your duty if you ignore the Constitution,” he told Opposition TDs.


What is Blasphemy Day?


International Blasphemy Day is not just a day.  It is a movement to dismantle the wall which exists between religion and criticism.BritainDanishEmbassy

The primary focus of the Blasphemy Day movement and indeed this website is not to debate the existence of any gods or deities (there is an abundance of fantastic websites which deal explicitly with that argument all over the internet, check the Web Links section).

The objective of International Blasphemy Day is to open up all religious beliefs to the same level of free inquiry, discussion and criticism to which all other areas of academic interest are subjected.

Why September 30?  The last day in September is the anniversary of the original publication of Danish cartoons in 2005 depicting the prophet Muhammad's face.  Any visual depiction of Muhammad is considered a grave offence under Islamic law.

The fury which arose within the Islamic community following this publication led to massive riots, attacks on foreign embassies and deaths.

The newspapers which chose to publish these cartoons were in many cases blamed for the outpouring of violence which followed.  This unfortunate yet inevitable sequence of events clearly demonstrated a dangerous misconception that had piggy-backed into the 21st century on the shoulders of ignorance, fear and apathy, that all religious beliefs and ideas deserve respect and are beyond criticism or satire.

International Blasphemy Day is a movement, not just a day, to remind the world that religion should never again be beyond open and honest discussion or reproach.  Our future depends on it.


Afghan court backs 20 year prison sentence for blasphemy

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The Supreme Court in Afghanistan has upheld a 20-year prison sentence for an Afghan university student journalist accused of blasphemy. The case has alarmed news media and rights organizations in the country and abroad.

The student’s family and lawyers said Wednesday that they had learned only recently about the court decision, which was made in secret on Feb. 12, and they called the procedure illegal.

The student, Parwiz Kambakhsh, 24, from northern Afghanistan, was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to death for blasphemy after accusations that he had written and distributed an article about the role of women in Islam. Mr. Kambakhsh has denied having written the article and said he had downloaded it from the Internet. His family and lawyers say he has been denied a fair trial.

In 2008, an appeals court in Kabul commuted the death sentence to 20 years’ imprisonment, a decision that was upheld by a tribunal of the Supreme Court last month.

“Unfortunately the Supreme Court has confirmed the 20-year prison sentence for my brother,” said Yaqoub Ibrahimi, who is Mr. Kambakhsh’s brother. “We did not expect it at all.”

The decision came to light only when the attorney general’s office issued orders to the northern province of Balkh to enforce the decision, Afzal Nooristani, a defense lawyer for Mr. Kambakhsh, said in a telephone interview.

“I was not allowed to talk with the judges and officials, which is a complete violation of law,” he said.

Judges at the Supreme Court were reluctant to comment on the case, except to say that Ghulam Nabi Nawaie, the lead judge of the tribunal that made the decision, was in India for medical treatment.


The Importance of Blasphemy

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Blaspheming the sacred is an obligation that every logical person must embrace. Like we all learned from Spiderman's uncle, "With great  power comes great responsibility", and when your mind has evolved to a degree where you are granted an advanced understanding of logic and  reason, you realize that the natural laws of the universe have given you a great power.

It is your responsibility as a logical person to shed light on the darkness of ignorance wherever it may be. Nothing must be left in the dark. No corner of this universe can be left alone from wanting to know.

There can be nothing sacred. Because the entire concept behind "sacred ideas" is that they are "off limits". It is something that you are not allowed to question, or speak out against, or even think. There's another term that fits this concept perfectly... "thought crime".

Some of you may be familiar with the term, "thought crime" from George  Orwell's brilliant book, 1984. The nightmarish, dystopian society in which the main character, Winston Smith, finds himself was entirely founded on "sacred ideas". Ideas that you could never challenge. Ideas that you weren't even allowed to think about. Sound familiar?

There must be nothing sacred in a logical world, because for something to be sacred it would have to be left a mystery, and if you don't want to know, you are not logical.

And I'm not a hypocrite about it either. Even scientists should be held to this standard. Logical people only believe an idea when it has been presented to them with enough  evidence to reason that it is more probable to be true then not. This standard must be held regardless if the person presenting the idea is a "Baptist Preacher" or a "Molecular Biologist". Nothing must be left off the table for scrutiny.

That's why blaspheming the sacred is so important. We must never let our society believe that there are untouchable ideas. We must never let a society convict us of "thought crimes". In fact, the most sacred ideas are the ones we should attack first. The ideas we are not allowed to question are the very ideas that should draw our attention the most.

So God Dammit people. Stop being such pussies already. Jesus motherfucking Christ. Are you logical or not? The only real  blasphemy is ignorance.

Dusty Smith

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