Ye Blasphemer!

Live Science’s Bad Science Columnist (I kid not) Benjamin Radford has written an article on the “Culture of Blasphemy Among Nonbelievers.”  In pursuit of his insulting story, Radford obtained a juicy quote from “Professor Reinhold Aman, editor of the scholarly Maledicta: The International Journal of Verbal Aggression” (I kid not).

While Radford notes that Muslims tend to take blasphemy very seriously — it is a killing offense — he does not explain why this is so.  Without having researched or deeply considered the issue, it strikes me as a matter of collective insecurity that is a bit odd.  Before some get too high on their horse about such matters, Radford provides a nice rundown of blasphemy’s bloody Christian history.

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