Blasphemy Day posters garner attentionMan, if students thought us dressing as pirates was bad, I just can't wait to see the letters about this one...
By Andrea Hammer
Assistant Campus Editor
Publication Date: 10/01/2009
Laura Hoffman | Campus Editor
Students gathered yesterday outside the Class of 1950 building to exercise their right to free speech.
The first International Blasphemy Day event was held in order to promote free speech. Students were able to write freely on poster boards that were hanging on the pillars of the building.
According to a flyer from the organizer of the event, the Society of Non-Theists, the purpose was to promote free speech and stand up in a show of solidarity for the freedom to challenge, criticize and satirize religion without fear of murder, litigation and reprisal.
Jennifer McCreight, president of the Society of Non-Theists and a senior in the College of Science, said the event was being held at college campuses across Indiana and the nation. She said the group’s decision to have the posters in front of Class of 50 was in order to attract more students to participate.
“We thought we’d have more people see it (at this location),” she said. “We wanted a central location.”
Students wrote things ranging from “I like this pen,” to “I’m Christian, but I don’t believe in hell.”
Ryan Moore, a freshman in the School of Management, said he wanted to participate because he didn’t agree with some of the things on the posters.
“I support what they’re doing, but I just don’t agree,” Moore said.
Robert Winkworth, a graduate student, said he heard about the event on the GetInvolved Web site.
“I made several marks (on the posters),” he said.
Winkworth also said he thought the best thing that could come from an event like that would be more open dialogue between students.
“I don’t think we can ever have too much of that on a college campus.”
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I guess the Exponent is having a special Society of Non-Theists theme this week, because they covered another one of our events! Their article on our Blasphemy Day event was very positive and they managed to not misquote me this time: