Two scenes at the County fair, here in SW Washington State. It was kind of interesting.

If I had any fire left in me, I might have approached the folks at this booth and caused some mischief. I did not have any fire in me and it would not have accomplished anything.

Since the booth, pictured above,  was among the other kitschy booths, I looked at it as being like having a medal made from a penny, or buying a fake tattoo.

At the food vender, above, I thought.... hmmmm..... I hope there's no funny business in the peach pie. I would hate to find out it's made from the body of christ. There was no wine so we are safe in that regard, unless Jesus blood was made into Coca-Cola.

No pic of the Gideons, also there. For some reason their presence angered me.

It's unlikely that atheists would set up a booth at the county fair. I wonder how that would go over?

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Comment by Sentient Biped on August 8, 2013 at 12:18pm

Pat, sounds good to me.

We might have to post a Craigslist ad to find some virgins for the altar.  I'll let you do that.

Do we really have to be naked for dancing around the pyre?  I'm kind of shy.

Dennis, if you can auction that BIble tract off for full price, you'll be rich!

Comment by Michael Penn on August 7, 2013 at 11:18pm

Street evangelists are pretty popular anywhere. Once in a town quite close to us I saw them outside a local shop and on the sidewalk. They gave me a Bible tract (supposedly worth millions) and asked me if I would trade that for eternal life if I could. Nobody knew me or my past so they didn't suspect that I knew the "trick" of it all. To my surprise they left me alone when I answered "no" to the eternal life thing!

Comment by Pat on August 7, 2013 at 9:22pm

Well, I'm kind of a traditionalist. But I'll compromise on the knife, so long as we still get to roll the bodies down the rocks, and burn the corpses to the greater  glory of the Feathered Serpent god while we dance naked around the pyre. A modern version of the Christian Auto da Fe.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 7, 2013 at 8:53pm

Pat, I dont know.....  this is the 21st century. 

Maybe ceramic knife would be less of an anachronism.  And they never lose their edge.

Comment by Pat on August 7, 2013 at 7:48pm

SB, count me in. We can set up a replica of Teotihuacan, and ask the passing families to give us their virginal daughters so we can cut our their living hearts with an obsidian knife to insure a good corn crop. If they object, we can remind all the good Xtians that it was a similar human sacrifice, 2,000 years ago, that gave them the magic spirit they called on that allowed them to find their car keys.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 7, 2013 at 5:06pm

Pat, if you are willing to staff, I would be happy to contribute toward the cost of setting up a Queztacoatl booth at the county fair!

As for mixed in with the porta potties....   I'm just thinking.  Note - thinking is a dangerous activity, to be sure.  The "heaven" booth could be inside a porta potty.  Seems practical somehow.

Comment by Pat on August 7, 2013 at 12:11pm

FA, that would work also. At least the smell of the surrounding "displays" would distract one from the mental stench of these booths.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 7, 2013 at 11:56am

Pat, or how about mixed in with the port-a-potties? 

Comment by Pat on August 7, 2013 at 11:38am

When I was a political candidate (he says as he ducks all the rotten tomatoes being thrown at him), I used to have to go to county fairs (Praise Queztacoatl, I don't have to do that anymore). But, in thinking about those days, I came to the realization they should have put these booths in a more appropriate spot to reflect a common theme of the surrounding displays. Like, the back entrance to the cattle show barn where they shovel the "waste" material.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 7, 2013 at 11:18am

I recently encountered similar street evangelists on the Ocean City boardwalk, complete with sign, "Are you going to heaven?" When I pointed out that the abolitionists who worked to end slavery were going against the express "will of God" as written in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, yet Christians accept their actions as right and moral, they actually moved on. (At least for a short distance.)

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