I need to preface this post by saying that if you are a person particularly wounded by blasphemy, you might want to avoid everything that follows. Also, if you dislike long winded analyses, you also might want to skip this post. Rest assured that I will not be the one blaspheming (though I will be the long-winded one), but know that my guest and subject of this post’s attentions is a prime producer in the blasphemy market and takes particular pride in his product (as I in my alliterations).
Amos Yee is what many in the new atheist community are considering a martyr for atheism and free speech. That is the main reason I wanted to compose this post analyzing one of his videos: to give you a sense of the ideas of the kind of person many new atheists are willing to applaud as a martyr. He was imprisoned by the Singapore government and still remains in judgement for making videos purposefully and wildly disrespectful to Christians and Muslims.
Now, I do not believe that such actions by the Singapore government were just. I do not believe that Amos should have been imprisoned for his taste for blasphemy. However, this is not necessarily to say that I support his personal philosophy of free speech, since he believes that the call for public violence is not punishable in the caller but only in the actors who follow the call. But, if he wants to make videos ripping, throwing, and performing lewd motions with the Bible or a cross while harping about God’s nonexistence and his cruelty simultaneously without regard for the laws of non-contradiction or a sense of irony, I’m fine with that. But, if it is his right to publicly distribute his blasphemies, he shouldn’t mind if I engage with them and analyze them for their merits. Read More