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Porn for Bibles? An Afterthought

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I got an interesting reaction to my previous post. As I shared the story on facebook, a fellow atheist replied in disgust, saying that we shouldn’t resort to such “barbaric lewdness”. I was really surprised, for I didn’t expect anything in that direction. It didn’t even occur to me that reasonable non-religious people might take offense at this. Maybe it’s because I’m european, but I don’t think it’s that much of a big deal. Anybody calling simple porn “barbaric lewdness” would be laughed at over here. Simply a matter of custom I guess. But wether you think it’s poor taste or not, it’s a brilliant move from a marketing-point of view. Hand out flyers, and you might reach a hundred people a day who actually read, and what’s more, actually think about it. Offer them porn, and they will be shocked. They’ll stay and discuss, the religious will go bonkers, the following media hype will ensure you get invited to dozens of talkshows and radio-programms giving you a chance to elaborate your point to an audience of thousands. In finland, there’s probably not a single person now who has not heard about this, and didn’t listen to the explaination of those who sparked the controversy. One can hardly deny that in points of effectiveness and cost-efficiency, this campaign will be hard to top.

I find myself thinking about proposing to copy this idea to my local freethought society.

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Written by Phil

June 11, 2010 at 03:53

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