If you’ve ever seen an atheist,
And wished you could have simply chucked a stone
You’re not alone
If it nearly feels reflexive, like
The rock was waiting, wanting to be thrown
Well, that’s well-known
If your holy book commands it
Or your sense of self demands it
You can send a stone in transit toward a head
If you’re faithful, you can show it—
Buy a rock or two, and throw it
And pretend that heathen know-it-all is dead!
Since it’s being done for charity
Just tell yourself your money is well placed
And not a waste
And because the “stones” are water-filled
Balloons, there’s no real danger to be faced…
It’s just bad taste
What is it about Pennsylvania atheists and pushing the envelope of taste? Last year, the Halloween parade, where “Zombie Mohammed” was clearly in the right (in terms of free speech), while being clearly (this is a matter of taste, so I speak only for myself here) a tasteless attempt to offend.
This year, the Atheist/Agnostic Association at Penn State is holding a charity fundraiser–Yay! It’s a “stone an atheist” fundraiser, which substitutes–alas–water balloons for rocks, selling the considerably safer projectiles for 75 cents each, or 2 for a dollar, with proceeds going to an organization that provides medical care in third-world countries.
Christian? Pelt the atheists. Jewish? Pelt the atheists. Muslim? Pelt the atheists. Any member of any religious group can pelt their religious opposites in he name of charity.
College can be a time of such insensitivity. I remember WWIII-themed parties, a cannibalism-centered campus party (celebrating Alferd E. Packer, to be specific), and probably much worse. This “stone the atheists” fundraiser cannot help but remind us that there are still stoning deaths–real stoning deaths–each year. I have chosen not to embed a video of one here, but the fact is that I could have, and that you could do a quick search and find such videos.
Ah, but these kids are in Pennsylvania. That’s a world away from real stoning deaths, isn’t it? They don’t stone people to death in PA, do they?
Well, not since last year. And that was for being gay, not for being an atheist.
I suppose the good news is, the A/AA is also providing information and answering questions about themselves at the event. I personally would like to see students refuse to buy and throw “stones”, but still learn about the organization… which will do a bit of introspection and pass the hat among themselves for a really big donation to their charity. And maybe come up with a different fund-raiser for next year.
And yes, I know, humor is individual and subjective. You may find this completely appropriate. Feel free to defend it; I won’t.
(edit–I do support their right to do this, as protected free speech. They should not be punished by the University, or censored. But while you may be free to tell a bad joke, your audience is under no obligation to laugh.)