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Friday, June 14, 2013

Douche Moves As Protest

PZ Meyers:

Down there in sunny wingnutty Florida, a judge recently decided that Christian groups could “passively” distribute Bibles in public schools — that is, they could leave them on tables and allow students to pick them up. Mary Elizabeth Williams thinks that’s a bad idea, and I agree — it’s a decision that opens the door to “passive” proselytization.

The Central Florida Freethought Community decided to make a reasonable response, by passively distributing some literature of their own. And now Williams decides that atheists are just as obnoxious as Christians.

But after “1,700 students left school with Bibles” in the wake of one of those “passive” distributions in 11 schools last winter, the atheist groups decided to make a point. They asked for permission to distribute some materials of their own, including books and pamphlets with titles including “An X-Rated Book,” “Jesus Is Dead” and “Why I Am Not a Muslim.” Which if I’m not mistaken is a douche move.

Ms. Williams is mistaken. It is not a douche move. It is a responsible protest. Is the only protest that she won’t regard as a “douche move” one that is completely unobjectionable and does not annoy anyone in any way? Because that isn’t any kind of protest action at all.

I'm sure if Mary Elizabeth Williams had read this, she would've called for her faiting couch:

Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.

My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.

Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths...

Save it for a #slatepitch, MEW...

ntodd

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Wow. I don't think Bibles should be distributed in public schools, or atheist hate lit, either. I don't like PZ much and I've had a brawl with MEW over her misrepresenting me at Salon based on a blatant misrepresentation by a journalist-pseudo-skeptical blogger at the most ironically named "Freethought" blogs of something I wrote which, ironically. was in line with what said blogger's marginally prominent pseudo-skeptic father wrote, he being her original claim to fame..... I could go on and on with this ball of yarn.

A pox on all their houses.

Posted by: Anthony McCarthy | Jun 15, 2013 12:04:42 PM

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