(All photos by Zachary Spadt of Laramie)
This was the scene on campus today after the preacher "Shawn The Baptist" showed up with his group. This guy began yelling that homosexuals and sodomites were going to be burning in hell. Women must be pure or be whores. When he asked if I “knew Jesus,” I said we had met and I was raised Catholic. He called me a “papist’s whore.”
He’s here every semester. After all the bullying I’ve read about in the name of what God supposedly thinks, I decided not to ignore him like I’ve done for 3 years.
I printed Flying Spaghetti Monster brochures and called my friend Mara. We stood outside at noon. By 12:30, Charlie Wheeler of the Secular Student Alliance was preaching the word of being touched by His Noodly Appendage with AJ Lamb, Mara and I, plus a decent crowd, as backup. When I went to class at 1 p.m., Charlie, AJ and Mara kept the crowd fired up.
Then, K Michael Richards showed up and shit got surreal.
That is him dressed as a black KKK member. He was infuriating the preacher by repeating everything he said, almost word for word. Telling everyone they were going to hell, everyone must listen or face hell, etc. One of them actually put his hands on K Michael at one point.
An hour into K Michael’s “preaching,” Shawn the Baptist and crew began screaming about us placing our faith in pasta and a spaghetti monster. They thought we were completely serious about it. When we said we had just as much proof as they did, one of them began screaming, “But I’M RIGHT!”
A young kid, maybe 10 years old, rode up on his bike and said loudly, “Just be quiet. I don’t believe you and no one believes you.” I walked over, high-fived him, and said, “You’re the coolest kid ever.” He shrugged and said, “I know, thanks. You know, you guys are really funny. Who would believe in spaghetti in the sky or that some guy in the sky hates everyone?”
Preach it, little kid.
The crowd actually asked questions of these people instead of walking by. They listened to the nonsense. Many of the Christians in the crowd actually began asking questions. By 4:30, the Shawn the Baptist team degenerated into anti-Semitic, misogynistic rants in the name of God’s love. About that time, they were preaching to an empty space.