Blasphemy revival

A Polish entertainer has apparently been charged with blasphemy—”insulting religious feelings.” It’s nice to see that it’s not only Muslims; Catholics are also doing their best to demonstrate how delicate their sensibilities are.

I also just finished David Nash’s Blasphemy in the Christian World. He has a lot of recent history in it as well, and he points out that blasphemy as a legal and social concept has been undergoing something of a revival in the Christian world since the 1990s. I’ve usually thought of this in connection with the “multicultural” variety of plural cultural conservatism. But Nash points out an internal Christian dynamic that has little directly to do with increasing social pluralism.

In other words, watch what you say. You might offend some community or other. And there are enough lawmakers out there that think this is a terrible thing, or are convinced that giving offense is a threat to public order.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

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    how about I believe in WHATEVER I want – even in the FLYING SPAGHETTI
    MONSTER! – and you have nothing to say!
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    let me show you the end results of this particular *ONE-DIMENSIONAL SCIENTIFIC MODE*
    of thinking that is called *CRITICAL THINKING*, which is completely divorced from
    any human objectives…

    this style has been perfected by dawkins, pz, randi and the other *NEW ATHEISTS*
    **
    THE BOOBQUAKE – 911!
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    hey, atheists don't even BELIEVE IN BOOBIES!!!
    they thought BOOBIES had no effect… WRONG!

    see, I just want to make it clear to the rest of you:
    jen is unable to see that there is a CONFLICT BETWEEN EROS & SCIENCE….

    http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/in-name-of-science-i-offer-my-boobs.html

    http://www.blaghag.com/2010/04/quick-clarification-about-boobquake.html

    see how we take a term and convert it into its AUTHENTIC POLITICAL DIMENSION – THAT
    OF LIBERATION – not just merely harmless expression…

    Visit for the BOOBQUAKE:

    http://dissidentphilosophy.lifediscussion.net/philosophy-f1/the-boobquake-911-t1310.htm

    why do you waste your time with such nonsense as *atheism*? Who are you trying to convince of your delusion?

    turn to MARXISM…


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