Blasphemy Day takes place on September 30th, which also happens during Banned Book Week, a project with similar goals, to support free speech.
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 offense 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.
To celebrate Blasphemy Day, we will be holding a for real Happy Hour at a for real bar, the
Uptown Bar and Cafe in Minneapolis. Look for our table sign. There are several good happy hour specials on drinks and bar food.
Since it is Blasphemy Day, all topics are on the table: religion, science, football, reality tv, Dr. Who, school, babies, anything goes!