Have a Good Friday… Night!

This past Friday — Good Friday — the Secular Student Alliance at the University of South Carolina decided to have a little fun with their student body. They got together a bunch of members, their tabling supplies, some flyers, and… condoms.

Taking a page out of the Illini Secular Student Alliance‘s book, they decided to tell their fellow students to “Have a Good Friday… Night!”

Perhaps due to the University of South Carolina’s low Catholic population, general friendliness of the student body, or the fact that they were passing out condoms, the event was a huge success! SSAUSC reports that they were out of condoms and flyers by 1:00PM that Friday. They had started tabling around 11:00 that morning.

Are you aware that the Vatican still disallows the use of condoms?

Did you know that the Catholic church deliberately spreads misinformation about condom use, even going so far as to state that the use of condoms actually promotes the spreading of HIV, despite all evidence to the contrary?

Stay Safe.

Ignore the Vatican.

Use a God-Damned Condom.

And Have a “Good Friday” Night!

However, despite rapidly running out of tabling supplies and having a fantastic time, not everyone was a fan of what SSAUSC was doing (or their existence).

What I’m most amused about is how he doesn’t clarify his point — is he upset that the Secular Student Alliance happens to exist on Good Friday? Or is he upset about the condoms? Maybe it’s just me, but I’m moderately sure atheists don’t go into hiding or cease to exist just because it happens to be a “holy” day in a particular culture.

Good job, SSAUSC, for promoting safer sex practices while enlightening the general public to the absurdity of the Catholic church’s stance!

(Full disclosure: I totally attend the University of South Carolina.)

About Kelley Freeman

Kelley is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina. She is a former president of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of South Carolina and a former intern for both SSA and Foundation Beyond Belief. Kelley is also a board member for both Camp Quest South Carolina and the Carolinas Secular Association, a Volunteer Network Coordinator for the southeastern region for the SSA, runs a vlog series called Secular Start Up, sometimes does stand up comedy and can crochet like a fiend. She's on her way to becoming a Jane of All Trades. Follow her on twitter @ramenneedles

  • baal

    I like going out for sushi on christian holidays. It’s a good way to meet atheists and Jewish people (assuming the place is open at all).

  • observer

    God-Damned Condoms

    That ought to be a brand name. It’s suitable, in a way.

  • pagansister

    Fantastic! Cool idea that apparently worked well!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

    I suppose taking the time to talk to a Catholic and find out what the Church really teaches is too much mental leg work. And the author of this post is a former president of the SSAUSC, so of course there was no bias intent in this post at all. /sarcasm off

    Would this student union be “brave” enough to pass out pork on Ramadan or make some mocking gesture about Islam specifically on of their holy days I wonder.

    Childish ventures.

  • TheBlackCat13

    Ah yes, the standard “You wouldn’t do this to Islam” retort. There has to be at least one per thread.

    It, of course, ignores the fact that they often do do stuff like this regarding Islam. But these sorts never post in those threads.

  • TheBlackCat13

    Ah yes, the standard “You wouldn’t do this to Islam” retort. There has to be at least one per thread.

    It, of course, ignores the fact that they often do do stuff like this regarding Islam. But these sorts never post in those threads.

  • CanadianNihilist

    I agree, although I go out for Chinese food so I tend to meet a lot more Jewish people.

  • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

    Last I checked, telling people not to eat pork doesn’t exactly have the same health repercussions as telling people not to use condoms. Analogy fail.

    I’d love to see your evidence that the Catholic Church is not in fact in opposition to condoms as well.

  • Pepe

    Care to explain what the church “really” teaches?

  • JohnnieCanuck

    Katrina, I understand American Catholics are birthing kids at about the same rate as other Americans. That is to say, they are using contraceptives at about the same rate. Either that or they are using abortions in place of contraceptives. They wouldn’t, would they?

    Present company excepted, I would predict that most any Catholic woman you know, uses or has used contraceptives. Praying to Mary to not be pregnant probably wouldn’t make any difference to the numbers.

    Poor, poor Christian martyrs huddling in the middle of the coliseum, waiting for the lions to be released. See how admirably they face their fate while giving glory to their god. ‘Course that was then and this is now. Nowadays they are reduced to whinging that they are being mocked, mercilessly mocked. With words.

    Atheists wouldn’t dare offend those murderous Muslims the way they offend Catholics all the time, would they? Might be time to start an Inquisition into the question.

    I expect most Christians to agree with me when I say Muslims are deluded about Allah and those stunts Mohammed is credited with. Likewise Muslims about the Christians being deluded about the Divinity of Jesus.

  • r.holmgren

    Too bad there wasn’t something to protect the soul from the scar tissue build up that results from casual sex.

  • anniewhoo

    “Would this student union be “brave” enough to pass out pork on Ramadan
    or make some mocking gesture about Islam specifically on one of their
    holy days I wonder”

    I suspect they would be, but perhaps there is not yet a need. Right now, Christians in the US are trying to force their mythology on the rest of the nation. You have to start somewhere Katrina, and to me, this seems like the perfect place. Plus, as another commenter wrote, unprotected sex is by far a more important health issue than pork products.

  • JohnnieCanuck

    No soul, no scar tissue. ‘Sides Hemant already sold his soul, so he’s safe.

    At first I thought you were using sarcasm, so I clicked your link. But no, there you were, deluded and projecting.

  • allein

    Do you assume all non-marital sex is “casual”?

  • michael both

    Childish is making assumptions. I *did* talk to a Catholic couple I had as casual friends, and let that friendship taper away when I realised they were in complete support of the CC’s most extreme policies. I *know* what the church is about from this couple and from the CC’s image and own words.

    Possibly the only valid assumption when posting to this blog as a religious poster is that most other posters likely know more about the world’s religions than you – especially your own. Why the hell do you think we are atheists / agnostics / humanists? These are the only rational choices in a sea of madness and delusion.

  • John

    Or that married people don’t use contraception, for that matter?

  • Baby_Raptor

    These students are out there teaching common sense, ensuring the health of their fellow students and having a good time. You’re sitting at a computer getting offended and insulting over a post you didn’t bother to think about and probably didn’t even bother to finish.

    Imma side with the college kids, no offense.

  • RedGreenInBlue

    Hmm. So handing out condoms to a sexually active population at the start of the weekend, and criticising the harmful real-world effects of the Vatican’s continued prohibition on birth control is “childish”. Meanwhile, there is “no bias… at all” in a comment defending Catholicism posted by a Catholic blogger.


    (and this atheist was for 20 years a practising Catholic and was educated at Catholic schools by Catholic priests, Katrina, before you tell me that I haven’t done the “mental legwork”)

  • Houndentenor

    When I first moved to NYC I had to stay in town over Christmas (I had a music gig in a church that involved five performances over 2 days.) I asked a Jewish friend what to do in nyc on Christmas. She said to eat Chinese food and then go see a movie. It’s all that is open. There’s even a pic of a sign from a Chinese restaurant window thanking the Jews for giving them business on Christmas every year that is often posted on facebook. (In fact nyc even has “kosher chinese” restaurants.

  • Houndentenor

    Childish indeed. Since I know exactly one Muslim person, my opportunities for insulting people of that faith are limited. I wouldn’t mind doing it any more than I insult all the others. Unless of course this person is nostalgic for the days when the Catholic Church burned heretics. I sense that subtext in a lot of such comments. Fortunately I don’t live in the middle ages, but the jealousy of some Christians that they can’t create a theocracy and shut down all questioning of the Church’s teaching is more than a little creepy.

  • Houndentenor

    Does the school cafeteria ban all pork products during Ramadan to avoid offending Muslim students? Or (as is my guess) do they even know when/what Ramadan is?

  • Houndentenor

    Most Catholics DO use birth control. If even members of the cult don’t follow the teachings, why should that nonsense be foisted on the rest of us?

  • tobias27

    I hadn’t thought of that, but I think a bar-b-que on Ramadan has potential. Down here in SC we used a mustard based sauce as God intended.

  • tobias27

    I don’t think you’re doing it right if you’re getting scar tissue.

  • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

    A “Reject Religion, Receive Bacon” campaign during Ramadan seems perfectly plausible.

    There’s unlikely to be an exact parallel, since Islam mostly has a tolerant stance on contraception. Presumably you’ve heard the old joke about the Rabbi and the Priest? (“A lot better than bacon, isn’t it?”)

  • John

    I know that. My point was that since married people (Catholic or otherwise) also often use birth control, this can hardly be considered just a matter of “casual” sex.