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Thursday, September 2, 2010

30 Days of Blasphemy - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of 30 Days of Blasphemy!

I was reading an article this morning in the Boston Globe concerning a practice of the LDS (Church of Latter Day Saints - the Mormons) - posthumous baptism. As you may or may not know Mormons baptize dead non-Mormons. OK, it's not as gross as you think, they use a "proxy baptizee-person" for this ritual. The purpose is to give the dead non-Mormon a chance to join the church while they are in the after-life. I saw this as a golden opportunity to write a letter and bring up International Blasphemy Day. Here it is.

The article on September 2, Mormons, Jews reach deal on baptisms struck a chord with me. Whenever I read an article like this my first reaction is to write biting satire (in this case about Mormonism), however that means breaking General Law of Massachusetts, Chapter 272, Section 36,
Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.
This is Massachusetts's blasphemy law.

I look forward to the day that exercising my right to free speech is not a crime in my home state. In that spirit I am acknowledging the right to satirize religion by celebrating International Blasphemy Rights Day on September 30th.  Learn more about International Blasphemy Day: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/


You will forgive me if the letter is brief, but one can only use 200 words or less in a letter to the editor to the Globe. I will post whether the letter gets into the newspaper or not.

In Purgatory.

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