More Blasphemy, on a Sunday even…
So I completely forgot the thing that convinced me to lead off my October of blogging with International Blasphemy Rights Day.
What’s the most blasphemous thing you’ve ever done? Here I’m speaking of colloquial blasphemy. In the case of my fellow American’s that would be something mainstream Christians, of the Catholic or Protestant variety would consider beyond the pale. Most of us at one point or another over the course of our lives probably have taken the Lord’s name in vain. That would be your average “Goddammit”, “Holy Fuck”, or my Mom’s favorite “Jesus Christ on a crutch”. It’s important to remember why taking the Lord’s name in vain is a sin. The ancient Hebrews were a deeply superstitious people, as the inestimable John Cleese learns to his dismay in the above clip. To them , the name of God itself held magical powers. Saying “God Damn You” was considered a form of assault, you were asking the very creator of the universe to bend his infinite will to your petty earthly demands. As the story goes in Exodus, eventually Yahweh (or Jehova, or whoever) added “cut that crap out”, to his list of ransom demands, or “Ten Commandments”.
Now we here in the USA don’t stone people any more, despite what theocratic dominionists would prefer. We have it pretty good compared to our Semetic predecessors, or our Arabic or Persian or African brothers and sisters who labor under harsh blasphemy laws to this day. My question is… Do we take full advantage of this blessed state of affairs? No, we do not. Sure, we have raunchier TV than we’ve ever had before, (and you won’t hear me complain about that, it let me see Xena Warrior Princess nekkid)
But in the big picture, is that really all we have in our blasphemy toolkit? Well allow me to propose my most blasphemous story, concocted at the gaming table a decade ago. Tomorrow, the story of Jesus of Nazareth, Vampire.