Organizers are not interested in "mocking religion" for its own sake. Oh well, now I understand.
By Alfredo Garcia, Religion News Service
The Amherst, N.Y.-based Center for Inquiry (CFI) has changed the name of its International Blasphemy Day to International Blasphemy Rights Day in a bid to show that organizers are not interested in “mocking religion” for its own sake.
CFI representatives said the name change better describes the purpose of the event amidst criticism received after last year's inaugural events.
“There was a lot of controversy last year that we were doing what we were doing simply in the interest of mocking religion,” said CFI Spokesman Nathan Bupp. “That, indeed, is not the case.”
CFI bills itself as “an institution devoted to promoting science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.” International Blasphemy Rights Day is part of a larger, national campaign by CFI for freedom of expression.