This isn’t as much of a submission, but it’s a call for help.
Some of you may have heard about the student who was assaulted and arrested at the University of Tennessee.
He was assaulted because a street preacher who regularly make appearances at the college had shut down an entire square of foot-traffic area and was screaming religiously-fueled hate at the students. It’s been reported that her screams have even caused professors to cancel classes because she is so disruptive.
The student in question reportedly rode his bicycle passed the cones of the shut-down area and said “Hey ma’am, if you’re trying to spread the good word, maybe you shouldn’t be telling everyone they’re sinners.” After this, campus police grabbed him off his bike, forced him to the ground, sprayed him with mace, and arrested him for inciting a riot.
This is absolutely ridiculous and disgusting. Please do something about it by signing this petition. We only need a few more signatures, so you can really make a difference!
"I come from Australia, and in Australia we’re very laid back about religion (racial intolerance is much more our thing). Its quite unusual for religion to be brought up by our politicians, but when our previous Prime Minister announced that he was pro-gay marriage despite the fact he was himself of the Christian faith, it was depressing how much hate got thrown his way. Don’t get me wrong he was a terrible PM, but the man had the courage to temper his beliefs with social justice, and our newly elected head of state is embarrassingly conservative."
Okay but if you’re an Atheist and constantly bash Christianity while giving other ‘foreign’ religions a total pass, 90% of the time it’s because you’re fetishizing those other religions for their uniqueness and ‘exoticism’ sorry to say.