We’ve spoken at past meetings about Tom Short, a traveling Evangelical Christian preacher who, in the past, has harassed students in very inappropriate ways, including singling out students and calling them names. Well, he’s back in town as of noon on April 14 and will only be here a few days. He seems to have cleaned up his act at least a little, but nonetheless, this is a great opportunity to reach out to the ISU community with positive secular messages.
Tomorrow (Wednesday April 15), from noon to 2pm in the Free Speech Area between the Hub and Parks Library, AAS will organize a (mostly) silent protest against Tom Short. The goal of the protest isn’t to argue, debate, or discuss with Tom or anyone else (although, of course people are welcome to do as they wish). The goal is to show people there is an alternative to intolerance, an alternative to hatred. We’ll also advertise our Your Choice, Our Voice event happening next week.
Paperboard and markers will be available for you to write/draw your own sign with a positive message that counters the intolerant interpretations of the bible endorsed by people like Tom (might be a good time to show off your favorite quote). We’ll sit (stand, play…) in the grass behind where Tom preaches. Invite your friends to enjoy the glorious sun with us. Come and go as you please, you don’t need to be there the whole time. People are welcome to stick around after 2, Tom usually stays till 5.
Invite your friends to this Facebook event, it would be great to have people from a variety of beliefs, cultures, etc participate, even if they can only come for a little while.
In other news – on Thursday April 16 from 11 to 2 in central campus, AAS will have a booth for Feast on the First Amendment, and next week Thursday April 23 from 11 to 2 is our Your Choice, Our Voice event in response to campus preachers as well as our regularly scheduled meeting in Room 3219 at 7pm on the 23rd (don’t forget elections).
Let’s close out this semester with a bang!