Friday, September 25, 2009

The Center for Inquiry Says Blaspheming is Good!

The Center for Inquiry will draw attention in several major cities across the continent this Wednesday with its robust participation in International Blasphemy Day. Events are scheduled for Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Austin, Tucson, Tampa Bay, and Amherst, N.Y.

Sept. 30 is the anniversary of the original 2005 publication of the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. The fury which arose within the Islamic community following this publication led to massive riots, attacks on foreign embassies and deaths. Four of the cartoons were
reprinted in Free Inquiry magazine in support of the public's right to free expression and criticism.
Participation in Blasphemy Day is part of the Center for Inquiry's larger
Campaign for Free Expression, an effort to focus attention on one of the most crucial components of freethought: the right of individuals to express their viewpoints, opinions, and beliefs about all subjects--especially religion. "Placing religion off limits in social discourse is just another, gentler way of prohibiting examination and criticism of religion," CFI President and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay said. "In my view, all subjects of human interest should be open to examination and criticism by humans."

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