We need to get out of these fixed role-playing that religion is pushing people into. Even as opposition, symbolism is beginning to sound rather lame and ridiculous.
Alex Stewart belongs to some atheist group – which is a bit amusing, because then you are huddling into some faith-type system – and decided to respond to the Terry Jones threat by tearing pages of the Bible and the Quran and smoked them. YouTube took the 12-minute clip off, which again does not make much sense. If people have the time and inclination to watch an Australian lawyer take off pages from some holy books and light up, then they need to get their heads examined.
This is not even exhibitionism. It isn’t a joke, either. How funny can something like this be? He would have made some point had he chosen specific pages, read out from them, and shown them to be hollow/unpalatable/contradictory/backward or whatever it is that made him light up.
And what is this about rolling a joint and saying “Holy” after inhaling from a page of the Bible? Oh, he is feeling great while he is on a high. If I were a die-hard believer, then I’d take it as a huge compliment. This man gets his jollies from what he is dismissing. He is in fact confirming the idea of holiness. Just in case he is ignorant about matters of religion, then in almost all faiths worship has been described as a spiritual high. You are supposed to feel disoriented and lose yourself into a Being outside you. It could be smoke. It could be a smokescreen.