While waiting for the wrap-up of last night’s Q&A, I thought I’d share this snippet of video filmed outside the 2012 Atheists’ Convention in Melbourne recently.
Human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, speaker at the convention was targeted by Muslim activists with their taunts of:
‘Ayaan Hirsi Ali, burn in hell!’ repeated ad infinitum.
Similar treatment was dished out to the memory of Christopher Hitchens:
‘burn in hell, burn in hell!’
Here’s the Islamic reaction to atheists holding a meeting:
As humour overturned anger, the next chant was,
‘ZZ Top, ZZ Top!’
What started as a potentially violent situation was diffused with humour and derision. And that is probably the best way to deal with people intent on forcing 14th Century religion and culture on Australians in the 21st Century
Here’s how the atheists dealt with this usurping of personal freedom:
If that’s not funny, I don’t know what is :)
The ultimate closure for me was the effete Asian boy bravely running up to the burly bearded men, and shouting,
“I’m lucky I’m in Australia, and not in your country”.