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Taking aim at God on 'Blasphemy Day'
by Moni Basu
In his youth, Ronald Lindsey planned to enter the priesthood, so fervent was his devotion to God. But these days, Lindsay is devoted to protecting a person's right to ridicule, criticize -- even lambaste God.
You might say he is a blasphemer's savior.
The devout Catholic turned non-believer leads a movement that is all about protecting people's rights to speak irreverently about religion.
Criticizing God is an act punishable by death in several nations. In America, blasphemy laws remain on the books in six states, though they are largely arcane and not enforced.
But everywhere, it seems to Lindsay, scoffing at God is not socially acceptable.
People are willing to tolerate the harshest statements about the president of the United States, he said. But talk about Jesus or Mohammed -- that's a whole different ball game.
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