Jan 31 2011

Atheists need to wear more polo shirts

From the Purdue Exponent:

Fashioning a polo shirt that complemented his witty humor, an atheist high school math teacher recounted how he won his tussle with an influential right-wing group.

What? That wasn’t the takeaway point from this article? I guess for Purdue students, it’s important to illustrate that atheists aren’t always running around naked. That misconception may be partially my fault.

Glad Hemant’s talk went well at my alma mater!

PS: Club members report that about twice as many people showed up than the Exponent reported. Boo, student reporting!


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  1. 1
    Ryan Coons

    I wear polo shirts all the time, so I’m part of the solution. On the contrary, I refuse to button them for any reason, so I am also part of the problem.

  2. 2

    popcollar bro-theist

  3. 3
    John Small Berries

    “Fashioning a polo shirt”? Did Hemant actually make an article of clothing during his talk? Or does “fashioning” have some definition equivalent to “wearing” or “sporting” that I wasn’t aware of?

  4. 4

    Thank you for putting that thought into words for me.

  5. 5

    Well, at least they’re spending time commenting of the personal appearance of a guy this time.

  6. 6

    We had more than thirty RSVP’s. Boo student reporting indeed.

  7. 7
    Sam Barnett-Cormack

    Does the student paper often put a negative spin or misreport on atheist events?

  8. 8

    polo shirts are for tools!

  9. 9

    I was thinking the same thing…. I’m also wondering exactly how said polo shirt complemented his witty humor. In fact, I’m completely baffled as to why the shirt was important enough to use as a lead-in to the rest of the article, but not important enough to be mentioned again. This may keep me awake tonight!

  10. 10
    Bruce Wright

    Huh? Does this writer (and their editor) not know that the word “fashioning” means something?

  11. 11

    That’s the Exponent for you…

  12. 12
    John Small Berries

    The only thing I’ve been able to come up with is that perhaps the author is a business student immersed in corporate jargon (such as “leveraging” instead of “using”), and therefore believed that “fashioning” was a perfectly reasonable way of saying “appearing fashionable in” or “wearing the fashion of”.

  13. 13

    http://www.cafepress.com/+frie… ?

  14. 14
    Pepijn Schmitz

    So what did the polo shirt say? Am I missing something? I’m guessing that “fashioning” means that he made a polo shirt with some particular text or design on it, not just that he made his own polo shirt. I don’t see what would be the point about starting an article with that…

  15. 15

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