The people promoting blasphemy laws are telling us that they believe their gods are impotent in the face of criticism.
The gods don’t enforce blasphemy laws, so people have to correct that mistake of the gods.
“We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad.” – The claims of one of the murderers of blasphemous journalists. These claims were made while the murderers were bravely running away because their gods cannot protect them.
Does anything mock the gods more than having to get people to kill in the name of the gods?
You can kill people, but you cannot kill ideas.
Maybe the message is that the gods no longer care about criticism. Religion changes. We have tens of thousands of variations of Christianity just in America – and we aren’t even the home of Christianity. Many of America’s first settlers were fleeing persecution by Christians for slightly different interpretations of the One True GodTM.
Should Christians emphasize the part of the Bible where Jesus tells us –
34“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[a]
37“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Or should we ignore these parts and be more moral than the Bible commands in this and its other bad parts?
Is that sentence an example of blasphemy?
That depends on the reader. When quoting the Bible is blasphemous, is it a problem with the Bible, with the quote, with the intent, with the offense taken by the reader, or with something else?
Which Christians determine what is blasphemy to Christians?
Which Jews determine what is blasphemy to Jews?
Which Muslims determine what is blasphemy to Muslims?
Which Buddhists determine what is blasphemy to Buddhists?
Which Scientologists determine what is blasphemy to Scientologists?
Which Wiccans determine what is blasphemy to Wiccans?
Which Satanists determine what is blasphemy to Satanists?
If the Satanists blasphemy judges conflict with the branch of Christians established as the blasphemy judges for Christianity, can anyone break the tie without violating First Amendment? Which part wins when there is conflict within an amendment?
Which is more important – protecting religion from the same criticism every other adult organization has to face or protecting the expression of ideas? If the ideas are unimportant, there is no need for laws or violence. If the ideas are important, suppression only protects the thoughtless and the willfully ignorant.
Our beliefs need to be protected against criticism, because we might start to think for ourselves.
If we can’t critically examine the tens of thousands of different, and amusingly contradictory, interpretations of the absolute truths of Christianity, how are we supposed to identify the one true version of the absolute truth? Religion is a multiple choice test question in which we are told that there is one best answer, but that those giving the test are not required to explain their answer in order to protect the validity of the testing process.
It probably is the religion our parents raised us to believe, because we were given those parents for a reason.
When faith is weak, it must be protected with laws and violence. When faith is real, it doesn’t need to be petty and vindictive and immoral.
Blasphemy is a crime in search of victims. Try to claim – I was blasphemed! If you are not a god, your claim would be a blasphemy.
Blasphemy is a thought crime intended to discourage thinking.
Thinking is bad – Blasphemy laws are good.
Someone considers your freedom of religion to be a blasphemy against their religion. We need to help them impose their blasphemy laws on you. Then we can pretend that blasphemy laws will stop violent people from killing, just as gun laws stop violent people from killing.
12 people were murdered by a bunch of people who ran away, because they knew their gods would not protect them for supposedly defending their gods.
Undaunted by the gunning down of its leading cartoonists, the French weekly Charlie Hebdo plans to print a million copies next Wednesday, almost 30 times more than usual.
French media rallied around the satirical paper on Thursday, a day after militants killed 12 people as journalists held an editorial meeting, to ensure its next edition appears on time by offering funds and office space.
We must impose blasphemy laws to protect ignorance. Ignorance appears to be sacred to the gods.
We must attack blasphemy to increase the circulation of blasphemous ideas.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. . . .
Reason and free enquiry are the only effectual agents against error. Give a loose to them, they will support the true religion, by bringing every false one to their tribunal, to the test of their investigation. They are the natural enemies of error, and of error only. Had not the Roman government permitted free enquiry, Christianity could never have been introduced. Had not free enquiry been indulged, at the aera of the reformation, the corruptions of Christianity could not have been purged away. If it be restrained now, the present corruptions will be protected, and new ones encouraged. . . .
Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. – Thomas Jefferson.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Consensus by the committee must be gained so that each question is in direct reference to the tasks in the practice analysis, that the correct answer is the one and only correct answer that each distracter option has some plausibility, and the answer can be found within commonly available EMT textbooks.
 The Federalist No. 51
The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments
Wednesday, February 6, 1788
 Notes on the State of Virginia.
by Thomas Jefferson.
Edited by William Peden.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1954.
© 1987 by The University of Chicago
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