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18th-Dec-2006 06:13 pm
From the desk of faghatesgods (where the bad man touched you):
Damn yourself to Hell for a free DVD!

The Rational Response Squad and Brian Flemming (creator of 'The God Who Wasn't There' DVD) have started a new online campaign through YouTube called "The Blasphemy Challenge."

Condemn yourself to hell by denying the holy spirit in a video, upload it to YouTube, and get a free copy of 'The God Who Wasn't There' on DVD!

Or visit: blasphemychallenge.com

*Personally I think this is stupid. Blaspheming a god validates that god just as much as worshipping it. But hey, a free DVD is a free DVD!

Videopost #21: There is no God, and here's why...

19th-Dec-2006 12:13 am (UTC)

Now, aint he just the cutest lil' southern atheist ya ever saw?
19th-Dec-2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Oh, come on! You can't think of a better reason for the non-existence of a god? What about Paris Hilton, or Britney's bald bush? or Styx or or...
19th-Dec-2006 02:40 am (UTC)
I cant' stop chuckling.
19th-Dec-2006 04:50 am (UTC) - Cool idea!
Thanks for letting me know about this. I've contributed my own video perspective:

19th-Dec-2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
R.O.F.L!! heheh wilson-phillips? haahaahaahaa! omg.. you are too adorable.. thats fantastic
7th-Jan-2007 02:03 am (UTC) - The Blasphemy Challenge
Hi, my name is Hagrid, and I deny the Holy Spirit.

I am one of the growing number of people who have participated in The Blasphemy Challenge, and I'd like to explain why.

When I recorded my video back in December, I wasn't doing it for the free DVD (though that was a nice perk). I also don't care if denying the holy spirit blasphemy or not... that isn't the point of my participation.

For me, it was an opportunity to do something that I had never had a chance to do before: Publicly announce my lack of faith.

It was, for me, a "coming out."

I suspect that a lot of people making the video, like myself, are using it as a way to publicly "come out."

I came out of the closet as a gay man 20 years ago. That was a defiant, "in your face," an I-don't-care-who-the-fuck-knows-or-what-they-think kind of moment.

This coming out feels much the same to me. For me, this is a catharsis. It's a relief. I'm not hiding anymore, no longer cowering in the shadow of Christian opression of nonbelievers. In fact, until I made that video, I always identified as a sort-of agnostic, never willing to make the leap of faith required to say that "god doesn't exist."

That's changed since The Blasphemy Challenge.

I now feel empowered as an atheist, having taken the leap, and doing it publicly. In the face of growing Christian political power in the United States, it is important that a few brave, defiant or even foolhardy souls stand up to be counted.

When I came out as a gay man, I became a better person... and I believe the world became just a little bit safer for queers, because one less of us was hiding. Others in the closet saw me, and knew they weren't alone. Straight people who saw me had to adjust their ideas about what a homosexual was to encompass me, and what they knew of me.

Because coming out matters.

It matters in both the queer world, and in the atheist world.

Yes, there will be negative repercussions from it. Yes it will piss some Christians off. Yes it will alarm some moderate atheists.

But I remember these same arguments back when I came out as queer - we shouldn't antagonize straight people, we should be constructive in our demands.

No. The world doesn't work like that.

Someone has to stand up and demand respect for our beliefs. Someone has to stand up and say, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more!"

I believe that what we are witnessing here are the beginnings of a social movement here, a nascent backlash against growing Christian power and oppression in the United States. A social movement of nonbelievers that begins with a simple phrase:

"I deny the Holy Spirit."

My name is Kevyn "Hagrid" Jacobs, and I am proud to have participated in The Blasphemy Challenge.

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