Blasphemy Day International


Blasphemy Day International is a day of observance in which individuals and groups are encouraged to openly express their criticism of, or even disdain for, religion. It was founded in 2009 by the Center for Inquiry.  It is celebrated on September 30 to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of satirical drawings of Muhammad in one of Denmark’s newspapers, resulting in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. The incident became a global issue after Muslim imams around the world caused violent protests in which at least 137 people were killed, embassies burned, and other acts of retaliation carried out.

Ronald Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry said regarding Blasphemy Day, “We think religious beliefs should be subject to examination and criticism just as political beliefs are, but we have a taboo on religion,” in an interview with CNN.

According to USA Today’s interview with Justin Trottier, Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Canada and a Toronto coordinator of Blasphemy Day, “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. There is no human right not to be offended.“  (wiki)