Reason #8723423 to be an atheist.
When a Mormon creates a calendar featuring scantily clad male models (called “Men on a Mission”), he has to deal with a “disciplinary hearing and possible excommunication because of the project.”
A takeoff on calendars of firefighters and returned U.S. servicemen, Hardy’s project debuted with a 2008 calendar featuring 12 returned church missionaries in mostly modest poses, minus their trademark white shirts, ties and black plastic name badges. It has sold nearly 10,000 copies.
“You see more in a JCPenney catalog,” said Hardy, 31, who once worked for Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller and now has his own entertainment company. “I just feel like my right to free speech is being violated.”
The calendar was designed to shake up Mormon stereotypes, Hardy said. The pages include photos of the men dressed in standard missionary garb. In biographical sketches each missionary talks about his beliefs.
Yet, when atheists put out the Skepchick and Skepdude calendars, there is no real backlash at all. (In fact, you should go buy them now if you haven’t already.) No one’s telling you what to do or not to do. We trust you to make your own decisions and live life as you please.