Minnesota Atheists to sponsor minor league baseball event comment (0)
July 26, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. — For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group.
The letter “S” in all Saints signs and logos around the stadium will be covered, and there are planned references to Bigfoot, UFOs and other targets of the skeptical community, team officials said.
“We want to show that atheists can have fun,” said August Berkshire, president of Minnesota Atheists, which is sponsoring the event with American Atheists a day before its regional conference in downtown St. Paul.
“We picked the name not as a political statement, but just as something that was fun,” Berkshire said. “We thought everybody ain’t got a belief in something so it was a word everybody could relate to. Obviously, we ain’t got a belief in God.”
The Saints have hosted several religiously themed events before, including Christian concerts and a Jewish Heritage Night. It would be “hypocritical” to tell the atheists no, a team official said.