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In a stunt designed to infuriate Christians, a student atheist group at the University of Texas at San Antionio is offering to give free pornography to any student who wants to turn in their Bible.

The organization, called the “Atheist Agenda,” calls its campaign “Smut for Smut,” according to reporter Marcia Segelstein.

Members sit at a table in the lobby of the school’s humanities building with a sign that reads, “Trade in Holy Texts 4 Porn,” ready to hand over a pornographic magazine in return for a Bible.

This isn’t the first time they’ve done this.

“They first did this back in December 2005,” reports Segelstein. “At that time, a group member explained to the school newspaper, the Independent, the reasons behind the controversial, in-your-face initiative:

“The idea is that religious texts are so appalling. They are so full of genocide, misogyny and ludicrous ideas that far overshadow any banal common-sense platitudes like loving thy neighbor, that you are better off having porn, which isn’t nearly as smutty.”

Kevin Prather is the Baptist Student Ministry Director at the university.

He shares why he thinks this is happening:

“It is a snapshot of the ‘New Atheism’ that is springing up in America – aggressive and confrontational.

“It outrages the sense of Christians.

“The Atheist Agenda does this solely for this purpose: To get under the skin of Christians and to provoke an angry response so they can point at screaming Christians and say to their peers: ‘See they are angry, self-righteous, judgmental people.’”

While emotions are said to be running high, the only reported response, according to San Antonio television station KENS-TV, is that “some students gathered in protest by reading their Bibles and praying.”

University officials said the campaign falls under the category of protected free speech.

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