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South Park and Blasphemy

Here's an event this Friday you loyal readers might be interested in.


(with encore presentations on March 31 at U of Guelph and U of Waterloo)

SOUTH PARK AND BLASPHEMY – talk by David Koepsell


South Park is a show born in blasphemy. The first, un-aired episode from 1995 featured a fight scene between Jesus and Santa. South Park’s creators since have spared no major religion in their taunts and mockery.


David Koepsell, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, will talk about South Park and whether it goes too far with its satire. In this day of cartoon riots and terror bombings fueled by religious rage and sectarian hatred, can we justify what some consider fuel for the flames? Is there a role in society for mockery of the most cherished beliefs of billions of believers? Koepsell will answer those questions as he looks at the matter of self-censorship.


David Koepsell received a PhD in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he currently serves as an assistant research professor. He is also an attorney, and presently, a Visiting Fellow at Yale University's Center for Bioethics. He has written and edited several books and lectured worldwide on issues such as civil rights, philosophy, science, ontology, intellectual property theory, society, and religion.


Friday, March 30, 7pm  at CFI Ontario

Saturday, March 31, 1:00pm, University of Guelph, Alberta Thornborough, room 1307

Saturday, March 31, 4:30-6:30pm, University of Waterloo, Arts Lecture 116