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Humour Overcomes Hate


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:

Fortunately the attendees at the atheist convention took umbrage and gave back as good as they got, only without the anger. They began chanting ‘where are the women?’, followed by the inspired choice of a song from the Life of Brian,

‘Always Look On the Bright Side of Life.’

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”.



  1. busby777 says:

    very good!

  2. Iain Hall says:

    That is a great post GD! What a wonderful thing to find when I woke up this morning!

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