Into the Next Decade
originally posted January 06, 2010
Anybody who is bored in this world just isn't paying attention.
Blasphemy is now illegal in Ireland, with a 25,000 Euro fine for
intentionally upsetting any religious group. The Irish atheists
published a list of 25 blasphemous quotes. What fun.
I note with some pleasure that religion doesn't seem
to get a lot of respect on my corner of the Internet. Here's a
web comic that pokes gentle fun at the believers.
This prompted quite a few comments
from a user group I belong to, including these:
Is that what they hear when we explain our world view?
>I doubt if itís as simple as that. I
imagine some religious type might have that sort of reaction,
but Iím sure not most, and then
there are probably some atheists out there who have
comparable reactions when a
religious person talks about their perspective.
And that inspired me to put
together my own comic, with apologies to Abstruse Goose and the late
George Carlin. Call this an homage.
When I was a teenager, many adults got very upset at seeing a boy
with long hair or an ear ring. Some of
them, including my father on occasion, got
violently upset. Personally I think freedom of expression includes
the right to upset people. Especially when people are irrationally
touchy. Blasphemy is NOT a hate crime.
The word does not belong in the law books of any modern nation.
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