[I read somewhere that the Center for Inquiry Blasphemy Contest, since redubbed the Blasphemy Rights Contest, has come round again as part of its super-popular “Campaign for Free Expression.” “It made me nostalgic for this 2010 piece, so i woke it up. rjh]
Ladies and Germs. No, Really. Heh, heh.
It is not often that we have an opportunity to salute the defenders of free speech. Why should tonight be any different.
And who says free expression can’t be funny?
The Center for Inquiry, that’s who.
“As part of its contribution to the Center for Inquiry’s Campaign for Free Expression, the Council for Secular Humanism invited professional and amateur artists to submit their sharpest, cleverest, and most ingenious creations touching on that most sensitive subject: religion.”
Can it only be yesterday that the Center was awarding prizes for slogans like “Faith is no reason.” Yes it could.
I have taken some heat on this site for claiming that atheists qua atheists are not especially funny. Now I have proof.
I’d rather have pudding. Badda bing.
When atheism goes on the attack it usually doesn’t know where to aim.
Whaddya do when you don’t know where to aim.
That’s right, Sally: Aim low.
Whaddya call an army of freethinkers? Nothing, they won’t come when you call.
So, in keeping with the noble tradition of failed stand-up comedy of a genre that would not even place in a college newspaper competition:
Comment from prizegivers: “A stinging indictment of the Catholic Church’s pedophilic priest scandal that allows absolutely no room for the predictable apologetic defense. Left me laughing and wincing at the same time!” Not sure how an organization that prides itself on truth, justice and The American way (“It’s a bird, it’s a plane. Naw, it’s only Father Flaherty committing suicide.”) can get by with stinging pre-trial cartoon indictments. But boy, could I be wrong!
Prizegiver: “Dramatic art of the empty-eyed victim who has fallen prey to what Richard Dawkins calls religion’s ‘virus of the mind.’ Employs the over-the-top hype of a B movie advertising billboard to make its point. Good use of contrast and color. Scary!” Masterfully objective. CFI uses “science and reason,” and as we all know has discovered both the God gene and the Religion virus, so this is scary indeed. Unless…
CFI Judge: “A sweeping commentary on the negative effects of religion on society- from law, to science, to war, to culture.” This shows how little I know about cartoons. I thought this was incredibly stupid and confused, kind of the opposite of sweeping and stinging.
There was also an amateurs section for the “free expression” cartoons, the most incisive of which is this:
The prize-giver said he “laughed out loud at this one.”
I have to admit, I didn’t, mainly because John’s arm is on backwards and he’s going to throw the rock on the ground.
Hilarious, and worth every penny in prize money.