I definitely wish I’d been able to attend the Global Atheist Conference in Melbourne, Australia last week — if for no other reason than just to witness this perfect answer to the Muslim protesters who showed up to tell everyone there that they’re burning in hell.
Gregory Storer and his partner, Michael Barnett, were attending the convention in Melbourne when they were confronted by a group of Muslim protesters holding signs that that said, “Atheism is the Cancer / Islam is the Answer” and “Christopher Hitchens Final Destination: Hell Fire.”
“My partner Michael and I took advantage of the moment to kiss in front of the group,” Storer wrote on his blog. “We understand that in some Islamic States gay people are persecuted and executed for their sexuality. It was an ideal opportunity to challenge the notion of acceptance and tolerance. As we began kissing, the Muslims began chanting, burn in hell.”
“It’s crazy that in Australia such bigoted homophobia is allowed to exist,” he added. “It amazes me that these men can hide behind their religion and use it as a weapon to victimise and condemn people without being challenged.”
That last part is wrong. It’s not crazy that people are allowed to express bigotry, it’s free speech. The proper answer to that bigotry is not to outlaw it, it’s to counter it with our own messages. And this was a great way to do it.