September 30 is International Blasphemy Day, so go out of your way to offend a religious person before midnight. If you're unsure how to deeply offend through parody and humor, check out RationalWiki's beginner's guide to blasphemy. In the meantime, here are the top 11 blasphemies for your entertainment.
Piss Christ is a 1987 photograph by an American artist Andres Serrano. Created from a small plastic crucifix drenched in a glass of the artist's urine, this piece of art was destroyed by Christian protesters in Avignon, France, after weeks of protests in 2011. Serrano claimed that he was making a statement on the misuse of religion.
What a statement it was. When you gotta go, you gotta go.
The Holy Virgin Mary (1996) by artist Chris Ofili incorporates elephant dung and visuals of naked bottoms. Manhattan politicians were outraged when it was shown in New York in 1999 as part of Charles Saatchi's "Sensation" exhibition. Shortly after, it was returned to London.
According to British comedian, Ricky Gervais, Jesus is kind of like an unpaid babysitter to working class mums. Brilliant!
What do you get when the film Django Unchained meets Inglorious Bastards? That's right, meet 'DJesus Uncrossed.' In this epic blasphemous Saturday Night Live skit, Jesus comes back from the dead and has some business to take care of ... killing all the Romans.
One commentator posted:
"Seriously SNL? I am one of your biggest fans, but you really crossed the line with this. I am thoroughly disgusted…"
A historical revenge fantasy ready to offend.
The depiction of Islam's revered Prophet Mohammed as a bear mascot in South Park's 200th episode had angered many Muslims. Back in 2010, a radical Islamic website warned the creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that they risked violent retribution for deeply disrespecting Prophet Mohammed.
Geesh, it's a fuzzy, friendly bear. No disrespect.
Who wouldn't want Jesus at their dinner table? Even if he is a bit of a sexual pervert.
When it comes to exposing religion, Bill Maher always seems to have it covered.
Maher: "I can say that because I'm a non-Christian ... just like most Christians."
Turkey's broadcasting regulator fined a television station last year for insulting religious values after it aired an episode of The Simpsons which shows God being bullied by the devil, and additional religious parodies.
Mehmet Yilmaz, a columnist for the Hurriyet newspaper in Turkey, comments, "I wonder what the script writers will do when they hear that the jokes on their show are taken seriously and trigger fines in a country called Turkey."
Watch it here.
In an episode of Sex and the City, a female christ painting is shown at an art gallery catered to affluent lesbians, sparking controversy in the episode.
Goddess forbid a female die for the world's sins.
During a segment of The Colbert Report, Colbert addresses the inanity of Obama being gay because he supports gay marriage. C'mon people.
Watch the hilarity here.