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I didn’t even know this was happening — The Young Turks covered the church vandalism story:
I <3 Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian.
Yes, they have insurance, but I bet they also have a big deductible. Not to mention, if this happens more than once (didn’t it?) it could significantly raise the premiums so this could help them avoid that. Good on you Hemant.
What a muddled mess that report was.
I was imagining that I had never heard of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or of Pastafarianism. Even though Ana had done some research about it and Cenk already knew about it, from this report I would have been utterly confused. I wouldn’t understand what the heck they were talking about, or who was the culprit, or who was the good guy, or what. But atheists were mentioned, so that’s probably who’s to blame.
Also, Ana’s first two sentences completely misrepresent who raised the money:
There’s a group of atheists that belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. And what they have recently done is they have raised thousands of dollars to help a church that has recently been vandalized.
Uh, no. This is The Friendly Atheist, a blog run by Hemant Mehta. It is not the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
She said The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s and he at the end said Spaghetti God’s.
While I’m not a member of the FSM they need to understand it is singular, not plural.
There is only one FSM.
I posted a link to my Examiner article on the subject on the TYT facebook page. They even used my article’s title for their title.
Man that report was a jumbled mess, like Richard Wade said above. I cringed as I watched it. Normally I love The Young Turks (fighting for progressivism in an increasingly conservative nation), but that was utterly horrible.
Keep on keepin’ on, Staks
Hemant, don’t let your celebrity go to your head, you spaghetti type you
I’m glad that we were able to generate a little positive PR and separate ourselves from the punks who vandalize and antagonize. This is most al dente before the FSM. Ramen!!!
I’m honestly surprised as to the amount of positive press the fund raising that you organised has produced. I thought it would be somewhere between condemnation and nothing. The icing on the cake is that they didn’t actually get the money (because they didn’t need it) so this is pure PR. Well done Hemant.
I have no respect at all for the Young Turks. Every thing I’ve seen them do had been an unmitigated mess.
Hemant on Fox this morning:
I say this with all possible seriousness, especially after seeing that “news” report….Hemant, you ROCK!!!
In regards to the “news” segement on Faux:
I really like that the pastor mildly corrected her attempt to poke at “unfriendly atheists” by pointing out that there are unfriendly christians.
The Young Turks are just having good fun with the news story. Long-time listeners appreciate their off-center way of approaching stories. I would not over-analyze this segment.
As for the TV report, I wish someone would add that when atheist billboards are tagged, it would be nice to see Christian churches also step up to the plate and help with the clean-up. Yeah, right. That will be the day.
I suggest that you send the money to the Blacknonbelievers of Atlanta. You know, an organization that really needs the money opposed to a church that has insurance…but it’s your money
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