Well-played, San Antonio Christians! You basically ignored this, making the atheists look bad!
A small group of students at the University of Texas at San Antonio spent two days last week sitting in the middle of campus next to bright red signs covered in large black letters. One said “Free Porn.” The other offered “Smut for Smut.”
The students, all members of Atheist Agenda, hoped to entice their classmates to turn in their Bibles in exchange for pornographic magazines – a provocative offer designed to shock and attract attention.
“The point is not to hand out porn, but rather the primary purpose is to get people to come talk to us so we can get our message out,” Kyle Bush, the group’s president, said. “We want to spread atheism and bring it more to the spotlight. We offer another alternative to people who might not fit in anywhere else.”
The event caused an uproar on campus in 2008 and made headlines around the world. But this year, few students took notice. During the four hours Atheist Agenda members spent next to their signs each day, only about 30 people stopped by to get information about the club or start a debate.
In addition to Bibles, the group offered to collect other religious texts, including the Quran, and any books written by prominent pastors, including Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. During the event, Atheist Agenda collected five Bibles, one Encyclopedia of Islam, and one Quran. The group plans to donate the books to a local library.
Despite the event’s ability in previous years to attract attention for atheism, Bush said the group didn’t have any financial backers outside its student members. The group raised all of the money needed to put on the event themselves, he said. One of the group’s fundraisers included selling popsicles.
“A lot of the money comes from members,” Bush said. “Like if we need posters, somebody will go and buy posters.”The group purchased 140 pounds of pornographic magazines for $30 from a seller on Craigslist.
In other words, the event fizzled. The atheists looked pathetic, and the Christians were above the fray. That’s the way to handle this sort of thing. The thing is, the general public doesn’t much like it when Christians proselytize, but they don’t like it when atheists do it either! The atheists are slow to realize that. And there is still shame in pornography, which is why people use it in secret on the internet and why the atheists could buy 140 pounds of pornographic magazines for $30. Though we can be outraged at the blasphemy, we can note how few takers there were and how the atheists are so clueless about how to get their message across.