Friday, September 17, 2010

The History and Necessity of Blasphemy

Sunday September 19th at 6 pm, join the San Diego Humanist Association for a lecture and discussion on the history and necessity of one of our most treasured traditions: blasphemy. (At Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 4065 Vermont Street; contact for more information.)

From the flyer:

Ideas don't need rights, people do. From Giordano Bruno to South Park; individuals have raised their voices in courage for the rights of thought and expression, by taking the sacred out of the cow.

This month group of 30 church members in Florida set the world’s news media ablaze
with their threat to burn a Koran. Former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that we should reconsider the right to burn a Koran and a man’s hand was burned while snatching another man’s Koran out of a grill.

For this month’s topic, we will be examining the history of blasphemy, the necessity for it, and the current firestorm generated by Pastor Terry Jones’ threat to burn a book.

*In honor of the Flying Spaghetti Monster & International Blasphemy Day, prizes will be offered for the best Pirate Costume.

Also in the flyer is my personal favorite awesome Jesus and baby dinosaur picture:

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