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The West Brook High School Secular Student Alliance (in Texas) has its first meeting this Thursday, and the leaders are advertising by making sure everyone knows some important terminology:
Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
Maybe I’m dense, but what’s the slightest bit sacrilegious about this?
It’s a quote from the Simpsons, when Homer eats a doughnut in Hell in exchange for his soul. (It’s a portmanteau of ‘sacreligious’ and ‘delicious’)
It’s loosely relevant here, as it’s a secular (non-religious) group offering doughnuts.
Wrong reference. Homer was talking “upwards” to God (not the “donut in Hell” Treehouse of Horror episode), and Marge walked by and corrected him, “Homer, that’s not god, it’s just a waffle that Bart stuck up there.” It was stuck to the ceiling. Marge knocks it with a broom into Homer’s hands and he takes a bite and says “Mmmm, sacrilicious”.
I just checked, and you’re right. The ‘hell donut’ phrase was “Mm, forbidden donut!” Easy mistake, and still kinda relevant!
I know it’s a quote from The Simpsons. I remember the episode. I couldn’t see (and still don’t) how it was even loosely relevant here.
because it’s delicious (donuts) and it’s sacrilege (the violation or profanation of anything sacred or held sacred).
Really really awesome and cool! That’s good thinking too, offering refreshments. Excellent!
Mmm, doughnuts. Omnomnom.
Oh, almost forgot.
1. The sound made by ravenous secularists as they descend like a flock of Deep Crows upon the unsuspecting fried cakes, devouring them with frightening efficiency.
2. OM NOM NOM NOM NOM
3. The last sound you will ever hear (not that you will be able to comprehend it) after Cthulhu rises from the deep and devours you.
HE IS RISEN!
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fh’tagn!
If you can let that atrocious font pass without comment, I have no interest in hearing what you have to say about other fonts like Comic Sans.
It’s not a billboard that’s going to stay up there for weeks. And it’s pretty much on par with other student group flyers, so it won’t stand out as being especially terrible.
What, the decorative one used for “secular” and “doughnut”? I’m an amateur designer and not a professional, but – I would say that while it maybe makes the longer “come have doughnuts…” bit a little harder to read, for the most part it looks perfectly decent.
At any rate, it’s a flyer for a small student gathering in a high school. Commenting on the font choice doesn’t really seem relevant or necessary in the least.
A secular group? In the capital of Jesusland? I can’t envision a single scenario where this ends well.
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