Someone make it stop! The embarrassments for Christianity surrounding our response to the Sax Appeal blasphemy just keep on coming. After the hash that Christians made of organising the debate with the AAS that led to them walking away from it, Christian Action released a statement beginning with these words:
Atheist Abandons Argument
Just two hours before the scheduled debate the Atheist Association lecturer, Jacques Rousseau, cancelled his involvement and withdrew from the debate. The organiser was then compelled to change the venue from Jameson Hall to a different venue nearby.
It was followed by a series of the same old non-arguments for the case against blasphemy that are unfortunate, but probably not blatantly dishonest as this is.
I can’t be sure whether Hammond is lying or being fed with lies, but as anyone who has read the correspondence leading up to this event knows, the AAS pulled out 24-hours beforehand and on the grounds that the organisation was a complete shambles:
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 19:36:47 +0200
From: Gareth de Vaux
To: Michael Nlandu
Cc: Tauriq Moosa, Jacques Rousseau, Amanda Ngwenya
Subject: Re: My Reply
This’s ridiculous. We are pulling out. If you’d like to do this in future
when it’s better organised and respectful of our speakers’ time and
preparation then we are potentially interested.
This decision followed the discovery that this high-profile event still did not have a chairperson for the debate, and the venue had just been changed. So, it was because of the venue change the day before that the AAS pulled out, as well as because the organisers had repeatedly disrespected them by ignoring their opinions about the topic choices. It is a bald-faced lie on the part of either Hammond or organiser Michael Nlandu that the venue was changed 2 hours before because the AAS had pulled out.
So, thank you to Christian Action and everyone involved for adding further discredit and ridicule to the name of Christ on UCT campus by lying to save face. You make me embarrassed to be Christian.
If any of you are reading, I hope that you’ll demonstrate enough Spiritual maturity to apologise to the AAS for piling insult upon insult in the name of Christ, and that you’ll begin to take responsibility for your own disorganisation.
Please feel free to follow along with this disaster step-by-step on http://aas.uct.ac.za/files/blasphemy_debate.txt.