I was originally going to come home and rant about how shitty and busy my last three days have been. To put at least today in perspective for you, I had to wake up at 6 am in order to set up a bacteria culture, had classes, work, and homework constantly, and then my four hour laboratory class ended up lasting 6 hours because our gel kept mysteriously failing, so I wasn’t done with that until 7:10 pm. I was sleep deprived, frustrated, and frumpy by that point – imagine Hermione’s potion scene from Harry Potter 6, and you’ll understand how I felt. But then I remembered I needed to slap up a couple of heathen callout flyers in that building, and I figured I’d do it on my way out.
I go to a lone poster board and pin up flyer design number 1 – “Atheist?! You’re not the only one.” There was a guy next to me hanging up the annoying MCAT flyers that take up every inch of every poster board, and he stopped.
“Atheists? Really?” he asked somewhat disdainfully.
“Yeah. Something wrong with atheists?” I replied politely.
“No…I just…well let’s say I don’t agree.”
“Agree to disagree, then.” I smiled and moved onward.
My main target were the four giant poster boards outside of the largest lecture hall in LILY. Not only are tons of science classes held there, but people have to wait in the hallways to get in, so the flyers there are effective. I’m about to walk to the poster boards and and I pass three girls in pretty dresses. I figured they were there for a sorority callout or something.
The red-headed girl said, as I was walking by, “Hey, coming to the CRU meeting?” For those of you who aren’t up to date in campus evangelism, CRU stands for Campus Crusade for Christ, one of the biggest, wealthiest, and most organized Christian groups across the nation. Members often joke that CRU is our arch nemesis, partly out of distaste (one of their main goals, listed in their constitution, is to convert students to Jesus) and partly out of jealousy (they have so much freaking money they’re always holding huge block parties with free food and putting ads on the side of buses here). If that’s not enough to annoy you, they seem completely oblivious as to why we think the word Crusade in their name is a bad idea.
Anyway, I’m one of those friendly altercation-avoiding atheists, so I just smile. “Ah, uh, no.” I move to put up more flyers, but she keeps going.
“Really? I swear you look familiar.”
She looks vaguely familiar, possibly from a biology class, but I have no idea. I flip my flyers over to show them the giant “ATHEIST” plastered all over the front. “Well, I run the atheist club, so maybe you know me from there,” I say jokingly.
Her two friends giggle, but the red-head’s face turns completely sour. “I wouldn’t be going to atheist meetings,” she scoffs. Sneers. Honestly, it was so stereotypical sounding, insert whatever disdainful adjective you want.
“Oh, I dunno, I thought maybe I’m infamous or something,” I say with a big grin, obviously joking. Her friends smile back, but the red-head looks mildly terrified or disgusted to be talking to me. I then finally moved on to put the rest of our flyers – including “You can be good without god” and “God?! We don’t think so, either” up while more and more CRU people shuffle in, all dressed in their Sunday best, staring at me incredulously.
Some may consider that just even more crap to put up with, but it made my day. I’m weird like that.