Happy Birth, er, Blasphemy Day To Me
So, my birthday, September 30, has been declared International Blasphemy Rights Day for the past few years. I’m down with that. But recent news items have shown that the world has a long way to go in protecting free speech from the oversensitivity of the religious, particularly in Pakistan.
There are still many countries in which blasphemy is criminalized, and it looks like Russia might even be heading that way. This is an area on which believers and non-believers alike should agree — since believers are potentially in the same boat as non-believers if they belong to the “wrong” religion! Of course, the majorities in these countries have little incentive to change the status quo…