Blasphemy is the act of showing irreverence or contempt for religious deities or beliefs.

And it’s in the news, as Muslims around the globe are protesting a blasphemous film. Should some ideas be off-limits for criticism? Can blasphemy be constructive? And what are you doing for Blasphemy Day?

Linguist and infidel Daniel Midgley explores blasphemy on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Muslims worldwide protest blasphemous film, using violence and murder.

Violent clashes in Sydney

A girl and her family in Pakistan are threatened with death because it is alleged she burned pages of the Qur’an.

“Hasa Diga Eebowai” is the most blasphemous song I know, but then I don’t listen to much black metal.

Not everyone has to lose their shit when you send up their prophet. The Mormon church’s response to “The Book of Mormon”.

They’ve even taken out ads in the Playbill for “The Book of Mormon”.,0,51504.story

Other religions have pulled this crap when they could get away with it.
Blasphemy laws in the UK

Blasphemy laws in Colonial America

A good article on same, with a scan of that law

Blasphemy is not against the law in Australia

but hate speech is.

Blasphemy laws are largely being overturned, but Ireland shows the opposite trend.

As does the UN.