Weekly update

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!

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2 comments on “Weekly update

  1. Dear Anastasia,
    Hey, this is Sam (remember young preacher in blue coat?). I said hi to you briefly while Tom was preaching. I hope you are well. I wanted to say hi and share some words from my Teacher with you. He said “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:16
    I also wondered if you thought my message was similiar, different, or the same compared to Tom’s. Thank you for reading this and may God bless you.
    -Sincerely, Sam

  2. Anastasia says:

    Hello, Sam. Perhaps there are nuances that I am not aware of, but I think your message and Tom’s message are the same, though your presentation styles may differ. From what I’ve heard from both of you, you beleive that your way is the right way. More than that, anyone who doesn’t beleive in your way can’t possibly be a good person or do good in the world. I don’t mean to offend, but I have to say that I think this idea is myopic, especially in the small world we live in. If we can’t learn how to appreciate the differences (and similarities) we have with others, how can we expect peace?

    I am very interested in how you would answer that question. To keep the conversation going, you might be interested in my commentary on a recent Interfaith Potluck and on the Silent Protest. You may also want to check out a recent ISU Daily commentary Happy with your beliefs, but also with mine.

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