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03 october 2012

International Blasphemy Day

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(CBC)
Trade your soul for a cookie? Brandon Gerbig, a member of the Freethought Alliance at the University of Saskatchewan, celebrating Blasphemy Day on Sept. 30.

Holy **** did we miss blasphemy day? Actually not quite -that- kind of blasphemy, September 30th was the 4th annual International Blasphemy Rights Day.

A group of students at the University of Saskatchewan calling itself the “Freethought Alliance” organized their local event with a booth was offering cookies to students who would trade them their souls.

Although it looks kind of silly at first there was a serious message behind the actions.

Member Brandon Gerbig said,"We're trying to express that in this country, and all free speaking countries, we are allowed to say things about religion that might not be kind or informed yet we have the right to say it."

At one point some Muslim students said they were insulted by the event and challenged him, but he said,"They have the right to be insulted, but they do not have the right to censor freedom of speech."

September 30th marks the anniversary of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten publishing of a cartoon depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The cartoon influenced worldwide protests and ignited free-speech and self-censorship debates.

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