Reading Religious Texts for Charity

I *love* this project :)

The Penn State Atheist and Agnostic Association held a fundraiser on Saturday to raise money for Doctors Without Borders.

How did group members raise the cash?

They read aloud from various religious texts:

Including the Bible, the Qur’an, and The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

According to The Daily Collegian:

Before reading verses about how the Spaghetti Monster created the universe, [group president Nat Jackson] put on a black eye patch, the required attire for the Spaghetti Monster’s believers.

… Passersby could donate money in return for hearing club members read aloud from the book of their choice.

The “Bible-A-Thon” raised about $503, which will go to Doctors Without Borders, an organization that brings medical care to people worldwide.

Reactions to the event were mostly positive, Jackson said.

“We’ve only been flipped off like twice,” he said.

$503 — not too shabby at all.

I’m really curious if any religious people heard something shocking or provocative as they walked by the reading area and inquired as to what was being read, only to find out it was their own holy book :)

(The PSAAA is an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance.)

  • http://newref.blogspot.com/ James

    The should have read some Confucius.

  • molly539

    Maybe the next time, they could try reading the Constitution.

  • Caerleigh

    Ah, good to see this! I didn’t become an atheist until my senior year at Penn State and the atheists were just starting to make their presence known on campus. PSU isn’t very religious, but in any case – nice to see my alma mater doing something creative.


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