Fugitives from Fundamentalism

The Musings of Adult Missionary Kids (MKs) & Former Born-Again Believers

The Atheist Agenda “Smut for Smut” Campaign

Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on March 5, 2010

A group of courageous students at the University of Texas at San Antonio, members of the student group Atheist Agenda, held their “Smut for Smut” campaign this week. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the negative values espoused by holy scriptures. People are asked to hand over copies of their religious texts, and, in return, they are given pornographic magazines (gay or straight, depending on your preference). You can read a news report on it here:
Bibles-for-porn stunt draws crowd at UTSA

Also, here is a link to the Atheist Agenda blog. There are a few entries on the campaign that are worth reading, especially the one in which the organizer writes in a Q&A format to explain the purpose of the event. Here is one passage of the post:

Q: Why would you do such a thing?
A: It’s symbolic. Pornography is vilified by the religious community, but in reality the values espoused by religious doctrine are far more reprehensible. So, in effect, it’s trading something appalling for something less appalling. We also like to get people to think, to talk to us, and to debate with us. That only works when they understand just what we’re doing, hence this FAQ.

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