Arkansas Atheist Group Holds a ‘Stone An Atheist’ Fundraiser

At the University of Arkansas, the secular group Occam’s Razor — Get it?! The Arkansas Razorbacks? Never mind — recently held a “Stone an Atheist Day” fundraiser. The idea derives from Leviticus 24:14, which refers to a command from God to Moses: “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him.”

The ‘stoning’ of an atheist (McKenna Gallagher – The Arkansas Traveler)

… The group set up on the Union Mall and students who donated one dollar were allowed to throw two water balloons at members of the group.

Junior Jacob Hilton was among the students who participated in this event.

“I think it’s a hilarious idea,” said Hilton. “I’m just glad it’s not what the name originally made me think it was.”

While the fundraiser was generally well received, there were some students, including senior Lucie Monroe, who did not approve of the event.

“I wish them luck on their fundraising, but I feel that this is offensive to both Christians and Atheists,” said Monroe.

The fundraiser is offensive to Christians, I would guess, because it stems from a Bible verse… and Christians hate it when you quote their Bible back to them.

It’s offensive to atheists because… well, I haven’t figured that part out yet.

The group ended up raising over $100 while advertising their own group in the process.

It’s not the first time this fundraiser has worked out successfully. Other groups have done it also.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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