Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Blasphemy Rights Day!

To all the godless, apostates & infidels: It's that time of year again...  

Blasphemy Rights Day!

The purpose of this most-holy of celebrations is to "set a particular day as a day to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and to oppose any resolutions or laws, binding or otherwise, that discourage or inhibit free speech of any kind.  The goal is not to promote hate or violence. While many perceive blasphemy as insulting and offensive, it isn't about getting enjoyment out of ridiculing and insulting others. The day 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. Criticism and dissent towards opposing views is the only way in which any nation with any modicum of freedom can exist."


 

"Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense. Whoever investigates a religion as he would any department of science is called a blasphemer. Whoever contradicts a priest; whoever has the impudence to use his own reason; whoever is brave enough to express his honest thought, is a blasphemer. When the missionary speaks slightingly of the wooden god of a savage, the savage regards him as a blasphemer. To laugh at the pretensions of Mohammed in Constantinople is blasphemy. To say in St Peter's that Mohammed was a prophet of God is blasphemy. There was a time when to acknowledge the divinity of Christ in Jerusalem was blasphemy. To deny his divinity is now blasphemy in New York."
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Atheist sworn in as SGA Religious Senator




UNC-Greensboro's Student Government Association now has more atheists than the United State's Senate. We congratulate freethinker and secular humanist Charlie Needham for his sweeping victory in the race for Religious Senator! Student government allocates funds to student groups, though Senator Needham stands firm in his impartiality. "I believe strongly in the separation of church and state," he said during the inauguration.