Offensive Ideas

Center for Inquiry (CFI): “Offensive Ideas” – Campaign For Free Expression.

Center for Inquiry’s Campaign for Free Expression Video Contest has begun! The right to freely express oneself is vital in a modern society; we would like you to tell the world why.

Participation is easy: create a short video public service announcement about the importance of free expression, upload the video to YouTube, and tag the video with “Campaign for Free Expression Video Contest”. On International Blasphemy Rights Day, September 30th, 2010, CFI will announce the top three winners, with a grand prize of $2000! See the full instructions and rules before creating your entry.

Center for Inquiry: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/
CFI YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/centerforinquiry
Campaign for Free Expression: http://tinyurl.com/CFIcampaign
Contest rules: http://tinyurl.com/CFIcontest

About the Campaign for Free Expression:

Some governments and institutions — and even some individuals — want to keep certain topics off limits. This is especially true with religion. In many places, discussions and questions about religion are discouraged, even punished. But how can we come to our own conclusions about religion if we can’t freely examine and discuss it?

The Campaign for Free Expression is a CFI initiative to focus efforts and attention on one of the most crucial components of freethought: the right of individuals to express their viewpoints, opinions, and beliefs about all subjects — especially religion.

Various United Nations bodies, including the UN’s Human Rights Council, have recently adopted resolutions condemning so-called “defamation” of religion. These resolutions lend credibility to efforts to suppress dissent and criticism, especially in Islamic countries, but Western European countries are also debating, or have already instated, laws that would criminalize religiously offensive statements. For example, Ireland recently enacted a new blasphemy law that prohibits publication of material “insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion.”

CFI believes we must increase public awareness of these threats to freedom of expression, discuss and develop plans to prevent curtailment of free expression, and demonstrate that people care about their rights to free expression and are eager to exercise them.

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