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The Blasphemy Challenge

by JOHN BERMAN, ETHAN NELSON and KARSON YIU

What’s wrong with God? “What’s wrong with the tooth fairy?” asks Brian. “There’s nothing wrong with something that most likely doesn’t exist.” There are an estimated 20 to 30 million atheists in the United States these days, and some of them say they feel like a persecuted minority. “Atheists are completely vilified. And it’s OK,” says Kelly, an atheist who works alongside Brian and also asked that her last name not be used. “It’s actually OK to hate atheists,” Kelly said. “We are like the last group that people overwhelmingly agree that it’s OK to hate us, because there’s an absurd caricature of atheism out there.”

The Rational Response Squad: Brian and Kelly are co-founders of the Rational Response Squad. From Brian’s basement they broadcast a weekly Internet radio show about God…or the lack thereof. And recently they came up with a new way to publicize their cause. It is called the Blasphemy Challenge. “Initially we wanted to find a way to allow atheists to come out of the closet, speak up and show other people that there are people that think like this,” Brian says. What they did was challenge people to make videos of themselves, denying, denouncing or blaspheming the Holy Spirit, and then post them on YouTube.

Read the original article at: ABC Nightline

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