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!


  1. says

    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. John Small Berries says

    “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?

  3. the_Siliconopolitan says

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

  4. sunnybook3 says

    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!

  5. Bruce Wright says

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

  6. John Small Berries says

    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”.

  7. says

    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…

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