If I were an atheist, I would be deeply offended by the UTSA Atheist Agenda ad campaign called “smut-for-smut.” The Atheist Agenda started this program on the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005 and it has been stirring controversy and headlines ever since. The idea is that students bring their Bibles to the event and exchange them for pornography, thus conferring their message that the Bible, like pornography, is smut.
First of all, I know this is a hook to get Christians all riled up and defensive about the Word of God. So I want to look instead at the underlying message behind this campaign: that the Atheist Agenda sees nothing wrong with handing out pornography in exchange for the Bibles.
Granted, pornography itself is a controversial issue. Let’s just take religion out of it for a minute and look at the research. On one side you have research that pornography is a healthy outlet and does not affect crime. On the other side, you have the research linking pornography to sex crimes. “Research” in this case refers to medical, criminal, and sociological journal articles not linked in any way to religion.
So are all atheists in the pro-pornography camp? And are all atheists on board with the “smut-for-smut” program that happily hands out pornography in exchange for Bibles?