Fuck rally

In college, our secular group put on an outdoor concert.  After the second band went up, campus security approached the organizer and told him that the bands couldn’t use curse words.  I wasn’t able to make it, but three weeks later the story broke in the campus paper.

This is how we responded.  I suggest the citizens of Middleborough, MA do likewise.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • http://lippard.blogspot.com/ Jim Lippard

    The most clever use of the word “fuck” in a protest sign was by Paul Krassner of _The Realist_, who published protest posters which said “FUCK COMMUNISM,” with the letters of the word “FUCK” containing red, white, and blue stars and stripes and letters of the word “COMMUNISM” red with little hammers and sickles. You can see it here: http://ep.tc/realist/fuckcommunism/

    Krassner reported: “At a Midwestern college, a graduating senior held up one of the posters while he posed for his class photo. Campus officials found out and insisted that editors of the yearbook airbrush out the word fuck. But then the poster would read Communism!, so they airbrushed that out, too. The photo that appeared in the yearbook showed the student holding up a blank poster.”

  • Alverant

    Is campus security this strict for all bands or just the secular ones?

  • John Eberhard


  • http://www.atheist-faq.com Jasper of Maine

    Fuck yeah!

  • naturalcynic

    Sigh. How nostalgic. In the good old days [Berkeley late 60's]we had Country Joe leading the FISH yell: it started with F and followed with whatever letter you wanted. Gimme an F => F, gimme an I => U,…

    Then there was the first shot fired in the Reagan vs UC battle in 1967 when St. Ronnie [before his canonization] fired the UC President Clark Kerr [who was semi-appreciated by students]. Soon there were signs and buttons with:

  • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

    This is almost as good as what I originally assumed it meant.

  • abbadd0n

    I have heard it said that fuck was short for

    Command of the

    back when the xians were trying to take over the world by force
    and the population of merry old England was depleted.

    could be wrong of course.

  • justsomeguy

    Point of interest: “profane” originally referred to offensive speech of a religious nature (“profane” being a combination of the prefix “pro” (before/outside) and the root “fane” (temple)). This would be separate from vulgarity, which is “common” speech.

  • Gregory in Seattle

    This looks like a good place to link Jonathan Coulton’s song First of May, with a video derived from World of Warcraft.

    WARNING! Not safe work work.