8.09.2012

How To Counter Absurd Messages

counter-protest

In the United States, a religious person has the right to stand in a public location with a sign calling attention to his or her ridiculous beliefs. There are some limitations. For example, a sign calling for the murder of a high-ranking government official probably wouldn't be well received (unless one agreed with the political views of those doing it). But aside from explicit calls to violence, such displays are usually tolerated. This does not mean they must be ignored. After all, the non-religious are supposed to have the right to express themselves too.

The next time you see a Christian extremist promoting such an absurd message, consider picking up your own sign and standing next to him or her like the guy in the picture above. This sort of targeted mockery can be an effective way to counter destructive messages, especially when it can be photographed and shared.

Silly? Yep. Juvenile? Sure. Still, I can't help enjoying this sort of thing whenever I see it. It just might make Thomas Jefferson smile. And if the guy with the "evilution" sign doesnt feel stupid, he should.