Monday, March 26, 2007

A Really Great Post

Bumped into this defense of the Blasphemy Challenge via PZ. Covers many of the things the Blasphemy Challenge really does for the world.

One section I like:
Four: Motivation. Shared anger can be a powerful motivating force, especially in the early days of a social/political movement. When you're facing injustice, the opposite of anger isn't serenity -- it's apathy.
I don't always know what to do in the face of injustice, but I know what the first step always is, and I can be quite proficient at it. I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.

Feel free to post links to your favorite entries in the Blasphemy Challenge in the comments.

2 comments:

AustinAtheist said...

Well, I did take the damn thing.

I haven't watched any in a while, but I remember liking this hitchhiker's guide to atheism, so to speak, which posted just before mine.

This robot seems reasonable enough.

And who could forget the Action Skeptics' blasphemous video?

Randy Kirk said...

Only bleeding heart liberals would think that righteous anger is a problem. Righteous anger has two componants. One, the anger is for the action, not the actor. Two, the goal is change or justice, not retribution or other methods of releasing the anger.

Thus, the reason that I become angry when I see folks saying horrific things about another group. The anger seems to be directed against the actors, and the use of invective seems designed to blow off steam among agreeable fellows rather than work for change or justice.