The religious opposition to blasphemy and attempts to silence blasphemers is nothing new, but it does sometimes seem as though the issue has become more prominent recently. There have been an awful lot high-profile cases in the news in recent months. What's an atheist to do?
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Well, for one thing an atheist has no particular obligation to avoid blasphemy or to refrain from blaspheming. There may be good social reasons to avoid upsetting people in specific contexts (like family gatherings), but atheists are not bound to any religious laws and not required to follow any religious rules.
I am so sick of any religious person telling me that I should not blaspheme. I can blaspheme all day long, I don't belong to any faith.
I think most religions are offensive, rude and spit in the face of reality - I am not running around demanding that people do not make my head hurt with their ignorance, hate and bigotry on pain of torture, imprisonement or death.
As long as religous people still do that, I always will see them as immoral and primitive. A society were you can't speak freely about religion is not a society that values free speech at all. Sadly, that seems to be the new trend in almost all of them nowadays.
Despite all the criticisms and complaints atheists raise about religion, you don't typically see atheists calling for religions to be silenced. You don't even see atheists calling for censorship when religions and religious leaders engage in clear, unambiguous hate speech against atheists -- and promoting hate against actual human beings which clearly exist is much worse than disrespect towards an alleged god.
Yet atheists are accused of being the "intolerant" ones. We're intolerant for being critical, not religious theists who are trying to silence critics because they are rude and disrespectful. How does that happen, exactly?