Today, as some of you probably know, is Blasphemy Day, a day when we are encouraged to criticize and, yes, mock religions. And while some might not see the point in a 'holiday' like this, I consider it a nice initiative, though quite a satirical one. It is very important to show the nonsense of religion as a taboo. We can see numerous caricatures and comic-strips mocking politicians, pop-stars, actors and who not all over the newspapers, Internet and TV, yet when someone makes a caricature of a religious leader, prophet or whatever, all hell breaks loose. How in the name of Darwin did it come to this? We are living in the 21st century, a time of great scientific advance, and yet we are being silenced by a bunch of conservative fossils wearing strange hats.
|I mean, seriously?|
This is plain wrong. Sure, we all know mocking isn't nice. It's rude, offensive and mostly unnecessary. It is also damn funny, and quite often very necessary. It serves to point at mistakes, illogical decisions or ideas, wrong behavior and dangerous practices. It also shows that we still have at least some sense of humor left. That's good, isn't it? We all like good jokes, and if you don't mind mocking politicians, you have no right to object to mocking religious characters.
Besides, this is not about offending anyone. This is to show that nobody has the privilege to attack the right to speak freely and openly, especially by attacking and killing other people. Yes, Muslims, I'm thinking of you. Boo hoo hoo, somebody made a movie about your prophet. Get over it! You are forbidden to mock him, and that's fine. Rules are fine, sometimes. But religious rules do not apply to those not following a given religion! It is not forbidden to mock your prophet to someone who is not a Muslim. And you have no right to try and make anyone follow your primitive rules. Not by peace, and sure as evolution not by aggression.
And this doesn't only work for Muslims. Christians do the same thing, although not as aggressively as Muslims. Christians are also oftentimes offended by mocking Jesus Christ (Superstar). Yet somehow they too don't mind mocking public figures. Why is it that faithful consider themselves privileged? Why is it that they believe themselves to have a right to be 'protected' from free speech? Listen, guys, you are not special. You are citizens of this planet just like everyone else is, and following your religious leaders and ancient books doesn't grant you any special rights. So buck up, whiners, and get a sense of humor. It will do wonders to your personalities.
|And while I don't believe in Thor, I find this extremely hilarious.|