Atheists Gets ‘Stoned’ for Charity

On Wednesday, the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison held a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that involved taking the Bible literally and stoning some heathens:

Attendees may purchase water balloons to playfully “stone” atheist students and FFRF staffers.

Here are members of the AHA along with FFRF attorney Andrew “Jesus” Seidel:

It’s a wonderful way to fundraise for a great cause while raising awareness about what’s really written in the “Good Book.” You can see other campus atheist groups hosting similar fundraisers here, here, here, here, and here.

(All photos courtesy of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Flickr page)

About Hemant Mehta

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.

  • momtarkle

    Hemant: you say, “Here are members of the AHA along with FFRF attorney Andrew “Jesus” Seidel:”. You don’t show those pics, unless the dude in the green tee is Seidel.

    If green tee dude isn’t Andrew “Jesus” Seidel, did Seidel, being Jesus, and without sin, cast the first balloon?

  • Itarion

    This is one way to get stoned, yes…

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Timely. Today, I heard about a church which had a stone thrown through one of its windows. A message on or with the stone read something like, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

  • A3Kr0n

    Everybody must get stoned!
    -Bob Dylan

  • milwaukeeprogressiveexaminer

    I would pay $100 to throw balloon at ray comfort

    • JuneAbend

      Be sure to remind Ray that god has created the balloon to perfectly fit the human hand!

  • Kellen Connor

    Winner: Best Thing.

  • Matthew316

    I honestly assumed it was another method of getting stoned, yet not a single rasta in the group.

  • DaveDodo007

    Woman aren’t allowed at the stoning, so they may have to wear fake breads. :-)

  • Spuddie

    Nobody is to throw any stone until I blow this whistle!
    Even if, and I want to make it absolutely clear, even if they do say Jehovah

  • Deborah Boller Grimm
  • Max Exter

    I don’t care for this. Stoning is a horrific, barbaric act, and I don’t think this draws attention to that aspect of it. I suppose the point was to fundraise for leukemia research, so if they made money for it then I suppose that’s something.

    But I personally find this, at best, tasteless.


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