An art student dresses as a semi-naked pope and hands out condoms. Catholic Church displeased.

An art student dressed in a salacious version of the garb of an organization that lies about condoms and then handed out condoms.  The Catholic Church (the dishonest organization in question) is not happy.

Students at Carnegie Mellon say it’s freedom of expression, but the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh calls it inappropriate and disrespectful.

At an annual art school parade, a female student dressed up as the pope, and was naked from the waist down while she passed out condoms.

Even more, witnesses say the woman had shaved her pubic hair in the shape of a cross.

Catholics are offended and demanding action.  However, since they don’t seem to care about the offense the rest of us feel when they try to dictate our sex lives or when they spread factually errant information about condoms, I say the proper action by the school is to tell them not to look, but that we will not demand that others comport their lives around what offends the Catholic Church.

If laws were broken, then there should be punishment.  But offending the Catholic Church is not a crime.  In fact, it can be a great deal of fun.  When people are looking so feverishly for things to be offended about, it can be hard for any charitable atheist not to give them what they so clearly want.

I’ve got this great idea: stop trying to control people’s sex lives and then they won’t feel the need to defy you so overtly.

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.


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