My cyber-friend and poet Tom Graffagnino has sent me something in e-mail I find especially interesting. It seems that Richard Dawkins, the outspoken humanist, secularist, darwinist and atheist, has launched a site he calls The Blasphemy Challenge:
Called "The Blasphemy Challenge," this campaign encourages participants to commit what Christian doctrine calls the only unforgivable sin -- blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (The "Holy Spirit" is an invisible ghost who Christians believe dwells on Earth as God's representative.)
Participants who videotape their blasphemy and upload it to YouTube will receive a free DVD of the hit documentary...
You can go read the rest and find out what the big prize will be for impressionable youth who choose to participate in the challenge. I'm sure there will be many sending in their videos.
It's interesting, I think, that Dawkins would choose to target Christianity while seemingly leaving other religions alone. Tom put it best in his e-mail when he asked:
I wonder if Dr. Dawkins would also be willing to promote such an effort against the god of Mohammed and Osama bin Laden?
I'm thinking that Dawkins exercized some rather naturally selective thought processes that led him to believe that his survival would be best enhanced by picking on Christianity and leaving Islam the hell alone.
UPDATE: A correction to the record is indeed in order as pointed out by Babson. Apparently Dawkins is endorsing, not launching the site. My bad for not seeing this clearly enough the first time around. Carry on.