WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - People walking through Purdue's campus on Friday may have beencaught off guard by what looked like a band of pirates.
The Society of Non-Theists held up signs and chanted whiledressed in full pirate regalia outside the Class of 1950 LectureHall.
Group organizer Jennifer McCreight said the group's mockpreaching is meant to show that religion should not be immune tocriticism.
McCreight said students should speak up when they do not agreewith what some on-campus preachers say.
"Our main goal is to let people know that it's okay to criticizereligion especially if it's saying things that you think arehateful or ridiculous. You don't have to be quiet just because it'sa religious topic," said McCreight.
Purdue Senior Chelsea Conley said she thought the demonstrationwould have a positive impact.
"I think it will change people's opinions, but it's definitelybetter think this is a lot better than what the people normally doon campus," said Conley.
McCreight said the goal is to raise awareness of the group andits cause in a peaceful manner.
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