Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Celebrating The Profane: Nothing Is Sacred Anymore

Jesus Does His Nails," an oil painting by Washington artist Dana Ellyn, will be on display as part of International Blasphemy Day on Sept. 30.

Holidays for the month of September: Rosh Hashanah? Check. Eid al Fitr? Check. Yom Kippur? Check. Blasphemy Day? Che... Huh? Oh, and unfortunately, check.

According to this Religion News article: Tomorrow, September 30th, "Atheists, skeptics, freethinkers and free-speech advocates around the world will mark Blasphemy Day by mounting their soapboxes—figuratively and literally—and uttering words and displaying images that may cause offense. And they’re making no apologies.

“We’re not seeking to offend, but if in the course of dialogue and debate, people become offended, that’s not an issue for us,” said Justin Trottier, a Toronto coordinator of Blasphemy Day and executive director of the Ontario chapter of the Center for Inquiry. “There is no human right not to be offended.”

But of course, there is a human right to offend. And to disrespect others' beliefs. Sigh. But I suppose these people do have a right to do so, a God-given right. Our Lord has bestowed upon us free will- the freedom to accept, love and honor Him. Or to reject, hate and revile Him. Ultimately, it's up to us. However, I pray for these people. They are able to mock our faith, but God is not mocked.


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