So, some poor ex-Muslim bloke in Afghanistan is in deep doo-doo for converting to Christianity. Do not fear, says Mr. Karzai, we’ll figure it out. This doesn’t change the utter nonsense here: a man “apostasizes” from Islam and so must go to jail (or worse). That’s crazy stuff.
Apparently God is affronted if we blaspheme him (by accepting some doctrine — in this case the divine sonship of Jesus — that he is opposed to). We Christians are not in the habit (any more: thank-you Enlightenment!) of imprisoning or stoning apostates and blasphemers (although in England, blaspheming the Christian God is still technically illegal). Nevertheless, we do tread warily lest we offend God and are struck by lightning.
Here’s why blasphemy is bad from my Mormon perspective: by trifling with sacred things we make it less likely that they will hold salvific value for us. Bad-mouthing God is hardly conducive to the kind of relationship with him that we need and which will make us happy.
Here’s not why blasphemy is bad: because it offends God. If the Great God (Yahweh, Allah, Whoever) of the Universe cannot take being called names, then, well, we have a problem. After all, are we not supposed to “turn the other cheek” to those who offend us? Is God exempt from his own commandments?
So, go ahead and say all manner of nasty, foul things about God. He won’t strike you down and you don’t need to go to prison for it. He isn’t going to “punish” you for it. God is bigger than that (which is why I don’t believe the Heavenly-Mother-Is-Invisible-To-Avoid-Offense-To-God “doctrine”).
But don’t do it anyway, because a) it’s not cool, b) you have covenanted not to, and c) you need to be friends with God in the end, not for his sake, but for yours. Eternal life is not a reward for good behaviour; it’s a state achieved by being godly, and gods don’t blaspheme themselves. Waste of time. Not nice. (A bit of self-deprecation, maybe. At least, if God is an Englishman.)