Despite Rejection from Parade, Kansas City Atheists Will Still Display Irish Pride

The other day, I posted about how the Kansas City Atheist Coalition was rejected by the organizers of a local St. Patrick’s Day parade out of “respect for the legacy of St. Patrick.”

They’re still planning to set up an Ask an Atheist booth nearby the parade route to help dispel stereotypes people may have about them, and my favorite part may be these shirts that the group designed for the occasion:

Only a limited number of shirts were made, just for group members, but if there’s enough interest… who knows.

Incidentally, KCAC leaders Sarah Hargreaves and Josh Hyde will be appearing on NPR later today to talk about their rejection by parade organizers.

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  • Tainda

    I want one! Tell them there is interest from me lol

  • McFidget

    Why is it that people displaying “Irish pride” generally have never been to Ireland? Then again my cynicism is probably due to being from Northern Ireland where we really have little to be proud about.

  • Gus Snarp

    The real question is why “Irish pride” is usually celebrated by drinking oneself into a stupor.

  • Gus Snarp

    I’m not big on message/logo t-shirts, let alone most of the atheist t-shirts I’ve seen, but I like this one a lot. They should release the design with [insert city name here].

    edit: don’t use the less than/greater than symbols directly or Disqus will attempt to treat them as HTML tags, whether they are or not.

  • ActiusLuna

    Depends on if you’re talking about the kind of “Irish Pride” that comes out around St. Patricks Day or the kind that people display year-round.

  • Amanda

    Yeah if these were for sale I would definitely buy one!

  • Yoav

    Looking back on the history of Ireland the place would have been better off with more snakes and fewer priests.

  • Ben Summers

    That would be the difference in Irish Nationality and Irish Heritage. People can be proud of either or both.

  • Anna

    Love the shirts! I would definitely wear one on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Rain

    That would look great on a billboard or even on a tie or a hat, or even a coffee mug. A coffee mug which would have green beer in it of course.

  • cornell

    THis is a sure sign of having a ‘religious’ mindset WHo cares if you are a Kansas City non-stamp collector? This just goes to show how ‘religious’ atheists can be when they want show off their supposed non-belief in something to the world as if they are a posterboy.

  • pagansister

    Cool shirts! Glad they are setting up a booth–since someone saw fit to not “allow” them to march.

  • Angelo Angela

    Cool t-shirt. Awesome design.

  • Mark

    If the stamp collectors were trying to impose the practice on people who had no interest in it, and using the force of law to do so, then a great many people would be eager to display their non-stamp collecting in public.

  • Blacksheep

    Excellent point. Being “anti” does not offer much in a celebratory setting.

  • ecolt

    Yeah, St. Patrick’s Day is a strange thing in the States. But here Irish Pride, among those of us descended from Irish immigrants, has more to do with our place in the US than in Ireland itself. For a long time Irish immigrants were discriminated against and looked down on, even moreso than those of other nationalities and ethnicities. This isn’t the case anymore, and St. Paddy’s is really just an excuse to wear green and get sloppy drunk more than anything, but people with Irish ancestry often feel very connected to it and proud of the adversity that their ancestors overcame. And yes, I have been to Ireland (not Northern, sadly) and hope to go back someday. You might have a lot of problems, but you also have a beautiful country (both of them) and, speaking as a history buff, an amazing past.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    This might interest you:

    No. 2 Irish official says he skipped St. Patrick’s parade in Savannah to avoid all-men dinner
    Apparently some Irish are not happy with the bigotry being done in their name.