Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

31 Oct 2001, 12:15 p.m.

Today is Hallowe'en, Reformation Day (the anniversary of the day…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Today is Hallowe'en, Reformation Day (the anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed up his [Windows] 95 Theses), and the third day of South Asian Awareness Week at UC Berkeley. So walking on Sproul, I see even more weird garb than usual, I hear familiar Hindi film music, and I stop in my tracks at a table with a sign reading "Tell Us Why You're Not A Christian and We'll Give You a Treat." I thought that last one was a SANE parody of the Christian associations' "Answer One Question and Get a Cookie" table, but it was some other Christian association celebrating Reformation Day.

The people at the Reformation Day table seemed quite amiable. I told them that, although I'm an agnostic, I believe that if there's a God, you don't need a priest to mediate your interaction with Him.

"You're so passionate! You should be a preacher."
"Yeah, 'I'm the agnostic preacher! I don't know, and I'll tell you why!'"