Remember the “Scarlet Letter”. This was the kind of punishment dealt for those who went against the prevailing regional norm. I heard it asked, if God is so omnipotent why does he have to have so many stupid people fighting for him? Remember the U.S motto: “the squeaking wheel gets the grease”? This means it is about going against prevailing norms and asking question is what a Democracy is all about. Besides, these people are starting to lose the numbers game and they are getting desperate.
One thing I would ask them is: does blasphemy mean not criticizing other religions or sects?
Yeah, let's go back to 1697 with punishments such as public whippings, or red-hot irons through the tongue. What a sick fuck this Tristan Emmanuel is!
Emmanuel references the 1697 Act against Atheism and Blasphemy from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as an example of how America once dealt with the likes of Bill Maher...
The Unites States wasn't even a country at that time. What an idtiot!
If blasphemy is a real thing, ONly to the idiots is this an issue. Maher speaks logic and truth and that is not blasphemy it is education. But then again when was the last time a christian ever picked up a science book? Probably not since leaving school. Wow not that is blasphemy
Bill M has always spoke his mind and told the truth.. Not many people get him but those that do, know he's not bullshiting when he says it like it is. Xians can't handle the truth or reality for that matter. I listen to him on HBO every chance I get.
Maher, by far, is not the only one to be so outspoken. If those extremists want punishment, just let them try to enforce such idiocy; they'll find out pretty quickly what real punishment is.
And these assholes have the gall to denounce Islamists who do that very thing. Fucking hypocrites.
"Blasphemy laws are an affront to humanity, and should be repugnant to all good people, even Christian extremists."
See that's where the author goes wrong; the assumption that a religious zealot can also be a good person.
These attitudes have, going by the historical evidence, always lead to atrocity when placed in power.
People like this are NOT going to stop calling for blasphemy laws.
They must be taken seriously, and they must be stopped.
They cannot be ignored, as some suggest.
They must be confronted, at every opportunity.
No more "live and let live". It's time to take it to them, head on.
Let them know they cannot continue to run roughshod over those
who do not share their delusions.