After the Casey County School District in Tennessee allowed the Gideons to set up a table to hand out Bibles to elementary school students, the Tri-State Freethinkers demanded the same privilege to hand out a pamphlet on humanism for children. And they got it. The table was set up on Friday. Hemant writes:
I’m a huge fan of this sort of response, by the way. It’s a win-win for atheists. Even though we (in general) have no desire to proselytize to children, sometimes you just have to imitate religious groups to give them a taste of their own medicine. Either the public schools give atheists indirect access to children — freaking out religious people who tend to think they’re the only ones allowed to do that — or they refuse atheists that access and risk being on the losing end of a lawsuit.
This is the power of Humanists giving invocations at government meetings, much to the chagrin of Christian politicians, and young atheists speaking about the importance of church-state separation during graduation speeches when the administration says to students (in code) that they’ll look the other way if Christ is brought up in a speech.
I agree, but I think it needs to go even further. We need to get other groups involved in challenging this sort of thing by demanding equal access, whether it is to government property or schools. In particular, we need to get Muslims to do the same thing. Atheists are one thing, but if Muslims set up a table handing out copies of the Quran, the Christians who support this kind of thing will lose their freaking minds over it and a lot of schools would cancel all outside literature distribution so they don’t have to allow it.