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Muhammad Syed — Blasphemy and the Importance of DissentDate:
September 30, 2015
International Blasphemy Rights Day is September 30! Join us for this special presentation.
The foundation of modern civil society is the idea that one cannot be forced to hold others’ ideas or beliefs in reverence, whatever they may be. Muhammad Syed talks about the pervasiveness of blasphemy laws and their social effects. He also describes how blasphemy, as part of the criminal code of many countries, is used as an extension of thought-crime and to justify acts of persecution.
Muhammad Syed is a human rights activist, writer and speaker who has been working on building Ex-Muslim communities since 2012. He is the founder and president of Ex-Muslims of North-America (EXMNA), the first Ex-Muslim advocacy and community building organization in North America. By working to mainstream the Ex-Muslim presence he hopes to encourage acceptance of religious dissent within the religious communities Ex-Muslims originate from.
International Blasphemy Rights Day, held each year on September 30 to commemorate the publishing of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons, is a day to promote the rights to freedom of belief and expression and stand up in a show of solidarity for the liberty to challenge reigning religious beliefs without fear of murder, litigation, or reprisal. The event is administered by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Campaign for Free Expression.
This event is free and open to the public.