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Blasphemy Day, annually on 30th September

INTERNATIONAL BLASPHEMY RIGHTS DAY

or simply “Blasphemy Day”, is held each year on September 30th. It’s a day to show solidarity with those who challenge oppressive laws and social prohibitions against free expression, to support the right to challenge prevailing religious beliefs without fear of violence, arrest, or persecution.

Blasphemy Day is part of Centre for Inquiry’s ‘Campaign for Free Expression’. The campaign was devised in 2009.

In the UK, the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel were abolished in England and Wales by the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. Since then, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Malta, France, New Zealand, Canada, and Greece have repealed their blasphemy laws too, with the Republic of Ireland and Spain committing to doing the same very soon.

Source: https://secularhumanism.org/2015/09/cont-cfis-campaign-for-free-expression-and-international-blasphemy-rights-d/

It’s time for Northern Ireland to ditch their blasphemy laws! Join the protest in Belfast (organised by Humanists UK) on 30th September 2019 from 12.00 pm to 1.30 pm.

International Blasphemy Rights Day is observed every September 30th to commemorate the publishing of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons, which angered religious believers around the world, many of whom expressed their disapproval with violent protests, riots, and in some cases, murder.

While many perceive “blasphemy” as offensive, this event is not intended to ridicule and insult others. Rather, it was created as a reaction against those who would seek to take away the right to satirize and criticize a particular set of beliefs given a privileged status over other beliefs. Observing International Blasphemy Rights Day is a way of showing opposition to any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, which discourage or inhibit freedom of speech of any kind.

Freedom of expression, including the right to criticise any belief, religious, political, or otherwise, is the only way in which any nation with any modicum of freedom can exist. Without this essential liberty, dissent can be suppressed and silenced by labelling it as “defamation” or “blasphemy.” Even rhetoric that uses the guise of sensitivity, such as “hurting religious feelings” can be twisted to stifle opposition by turning popular sentiment against it.

If you support free speech, and the rights of those who disagree with religious views to voice their opinions peacefully, join the cause and support International Blasphemy Rights Day! Learn more about what you can do on the Center for Inquiry “Get Involved” page.

If you do get involved in Blasphemy Day please let Atheism UK know what you’ve done by leaving a message below.

Sources: Center for Inquiry | Wikipedia – Blasphemy Day

h/t: Freethinker & Rad

Shock Research: Most UK Atheists Believe in the Supernatural!

Belief in the supernatural is still alive and kicking, even among UK atheists who don’t believe in a god.  A Research report (ref. 1) has revealed that only a third of UK atheists claim to completely reject supernatural beliefs such as life after death, astrology, and the existence of a universal life-force.

Understanding Unbelief is a £2.3 million funded project by UK university sociologists, anthropologists and psychologists.
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The Dangers of Being a Devout Atheist by an asylum lawyer

As a lawyer I strive to … make full use of my legal toolkit to persuade the decision-maker that atheist asylum applicants are not making up their claims to stay here and work, be given a council flat and benefits, that these applicants would be at risk of imprisonment, death or both if they are sent them back home just because they can no longer make themselves follow a religion they believe to be a fantasy and cannot abide by the rules imposed by it.

Ana Gonzalez, Asylum Lawyer
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School Reports plus Religious Education – an irksome appendage – a second-class subject

Chris Street, President of Atheism UK notes the flurry of reports about schools in the past three months. Report subjects range from inequality, religion and belief, relationship and sex, racial discrimination, national plans for RE and cheating to get in.

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