The Center for Inquiry has declared Wed, Sept. 30 to be Blasphemy Day and one of the things they’re doing in relation to this day is a blasphemy contest. You can submit a poem, statement or phrase that would be considered blasphemous. Frankly, that doesn’t interest me much, though I’m sure there will be at least a few clever, thought provoking entries. And I am amused that it’s got Bill Dembski’s panties in a bunch:
Since Darwin is their god, it would be interesting to submit to this contest true statements about Darwin’s less than divine attributes.
It’s just such an impotent and idiotic claim. No one worships Darwin, for crying out loud. I don’t know of a single person who accepts or advocates evolution that treats Darwin as anything but what he was – a great scientist who developed one of the most important theories in the history of science. No one prays to him or thinks he has the power to heal. No one designs creeds or considers him infallible.
As for blasphemy day, the purpose is not merely to offend the righteous. The point is to celebrate free speech and the importance of challenging religious claims rather than accepting them on blind faith. Historically, a great many people have died and been imprisoned for the fake crime of blasphemy. Shining a spotlight on the idea can only be a good thing.
Bill Donohue doesn’t like it either. Good. If either of them were okay with it, it would hardly be worth doing.