Fundies Hate the Blasphemy Challenge
The Blasphemy Challenge has succeeded in pissing off the fundies, which was one of its unstated goals. Here’s an excerpt from Baptist Press’ Culture Digest (I always thought that’s what happened after you ate yogurt):
A radical new website is gaining popularity by challenging people to deny the existence of God, and it’s run by an atheist who was raised Catholic and claims he “became a born-again Christian when he was 13.”
There they go throwing the word “radical” around again. They use that word freely. I guess that makes it a free radical!
“I loved Jesus and he was my best friend and I talked to him and God all the time,” Brian Sapient said on ABC’s “Nightline” Jan. 30. “I have to admit that they never talked back to me, and I think some people would say that God does talk to them and I think they’re not being honest with themselves.”
How can that be? I thought Christians were always honest!
Now a dejected Sapient is part of the “Rational Response Squad,” which is behind the website www.blasphemychallenge.com and promises to give away 1,001 copies of a DVD espousing their views.
“There’s only one catch: We want your soul,” the site says. “It’s simple. You record a short message damning yourself to Hell, you upload it to YouTube, and then the Rational Response Squad will send you a free The God Who Wasn’t There DVD. It’s that easy.”
Somewhere in the video, the person must say the phrase “I deny the Holy Spirit.” The website explains that the phrase is required because Mark 3:29 says, “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”
You’re probably familiar with the Blasphemy Challenge already. It’s been quite successful. For every video made (ultimately 1001), many more people will see it. This will help people realize that the “default view” of the Universe (Christian mythology) doesn’t have to be the only approach.
Remember that a lot of young people are stuck in stifling religious households, and they wonder why they are different. The Blasphemy Challenge helps them feel less alone. They can’t help it that they were born that way. Some people have the religion gene. Others have the brain gene.
Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues at Concerned Women for America, told Cybercast News Service that by arrogantly rebelling against God’s authority, the website implicitly acknowledges His existence.
What is “Matt” Barber doing at the “Concerned Women for America”? I thought fundies didn’t like that whole LGBT scene. Or maybe Matt had to take over, because fundies believe in “traditional” (a.k.a. oppressive) values. All of the women in the organization were home cooking dinner and squeezing out babies. Leave the policy making for the men-folk!
As for TV Matt’s assertion that “by arrogantly rebelling against God’s authority, the website implicitly acknowledges his existence,” all I can say is “In your dreams, Matt!” (Actually, I don’t want to know what’s in Matt’s dreams. He probably dreams of glamorous evening gowns, pedicures, and gossiping with the “girls”.)
Anyway, how is publicly stating that God doesn’t exist implicitly acknowledging his existence? Only in Fundie-ville do contradictions ever make sense.
Sapient is aggressively targeting teenagers by advertising his site on 25 websites frequented by teens, including Xanga, Boy Scout Trail, Teen Magazine, CosmoGirl and Seventeen, according to Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink.
“As young people are the most vulnerable to religious indoctrination, we feel it is important to reach them with the concept of challenging the doctrine they are told to unquestioningly believe,” blasphemychallenge.com says.
A noble goal it is! I’m glad there are people like Sapient in the world. I take my hat off to him! And Matt Barber probably takes his dress off.