Last year, the big story was how one woman was upset about the group because she had to explain to her children that atheists exist (oh no!):
… I have older children… and they were curious and they asked questions and it was hard for them to believe and understand that there are actually people out there that don’t believe in God,” Corgey said.
Seriously. That happened.
So how did it go this year?
When KAMU, the local PBS affiliate in the area, broadcasted the parade, they essentially skipped over the group and ignored the very nature of their being. In the video below, watch the 0:14 mark when you hear the band playing “Jingle Bells.” The announcers — without showing them on screen — say that the sound is coming from the “Brazos Valley Vuvuzela Marching Band,” specifically leaving out the word “atheist”:
There was also a Gay Pride group in the parade. Wonder if KAMU skipped over them, too…
This video is just more reason for us to get out there and show people that we exist and we’re a force to be reckoned with — they can’t ignore us when we’re all over the place.
(Thanks to Keri for the link)