Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blasphemy Gets Praised

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Even blasphemy deserves a little praise.

The Center For Inquiry (CFI) has announced the winners of their Blasphemy Contest, which asked folks to submit short, creative statements critical of religious beliefs.

The winning blasphemous entry was: “Faith Is No Reason.”

CFI president Ronald A. Lindsay says the short and sweet slogan really captures the core principles of religious skeptics.

He says people’s beliefs “should be consistent with evidence.” Without that, faith is pretty much “groundless.”

Other blasphemies being praised are a submission from a man in Thailand that says, “There’s no religion like no religion,” and another that claims, “I wouldn’t even follow your god on Twitter.”

Lindsay says they may use the top entries as slogans for the CFI, and have even begun selling T-shirts with the quirky catchphrases.

He argues that the contest wasn’t about “hate speech” or bashing believers, but rather to get people to think logically about religion and question it.

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