My first reaction to this activity was amusement, I'll admit. There's nothing better than irreverence in comedy, and I find many things offensive to be quite funny, really. It's clever, has a catchy slogan, and overall entertaining to think about. I'd probably trade in a bible for porn just for the shock value alone. Let's face it: making fun of religion is funny. If it wasn't, I wouldn't laugh my ass off every time I heard this song:At the University of Texas San Antonio campus, a college atheist group is offering students pornography in exchange for Bibles, Korans, or other religious texts. The group, Atheist Agenda, calls the exchange "Smut for Smut".Group members claim that the Bible and other religious texts are just as as smutty as any pornography. According to the group, the Bible contains all sorts of misogyny, violence, torture and questionable sexual practices.
(The animation in particular makes me giggle)
That said, I also wonder if this is as inappropriate as the qu'ran burning last year was. The two incidents bear some striking resemblances, as both involve desecrating what people consider sacred. Is it as tasteless, or is there a difference in that one is rife with hypocrisy and the other treats everything as irreverent? It's a worthy question for contemplation, and one I don't really have an answer to. The only thing I do know is that the inappropriateness is irrelevant, because both activities are and ought to be legal. None are truly harmed by the burning of the Qu'ran or the trading of bibles for porn, and while I equally support the right of others to protest these actions, there is and should not be anything wrong with the atheist organization doing this. Reverence belongs to the believer, and has no place in the eyes of the nonbeliever nor the government.
At least that's my take on things. What do you think about this incident? Kosher or not? I haven't given it enough thought to come to a full-on conclusion yet, and I'd like to hear the input of my friends. :)