Humans of GMU

Inspired by the Humans of New York page this blog is a Photographic census of George Mason University located in Fairfax, VA. Photos are taken by Walter Martinez.
A student questions the mans choice of attire with the verse “…Do not wear clothing woven from two different kinds of thread.”

The guy responds with “That rule doesn’t apply to me”

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him. 
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs. 
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

A student questions the mans choice of attire with the verse “…Do not wear clothing woven from two different kinds of thread.”

The guy responds with “That rule doesn’t apply to me”

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him. 
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs. 
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

A student asks “Jesus said ‘he who is without sin can cast the first stone.  What makes you so worthy of judging everyone?”

"Oh I am without sin.  I used to sin but now I do not."

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him. 
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs. 
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

A student asks “Jesus said ‘he who is without sin can cast the first stone. What makes you so worthy of judging everyone?”

"Oh I am without sin. I used to sin but now I do not."

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him. 
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs. 
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

He begins to yell at girls that are not “modestly dressed”

The girl in the hijab and skinny jeans steps out if the crowd and says “is this modest for you?”

He screams about how there’s a special place in hell for people like her but keeping her cool she responds with “I’ll see you in heaven”

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him. 
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs. 
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

The reason I don’t believe this man could possibly be spreading any word of any god is this. No one would take what they consider to be holy scripture, drop it on the floor, and then stomp on it.

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him. 
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs. 
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

The reason I don’t believe this man could possibly be spreading any word of any god is this. No one would take what they consider to be holy scripture, drop it on the floor, and then stomp on it.

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him. 
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs. 
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him. 
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs. 
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

Today there was a crazy “preacher” spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of moral religion. He showed up in north plaza and apparently started his presentation with a little song and dance about his hatred toward the gay community. Once he got a crowd he just started bashing everything. He said things like “women should dress modestly and (pointing to a girl in the crowd) you’re going to hell for wearing leggings” at which point the girl in the hijab (and tight jeans) stepped up to protest him.
Later he said that “the only difference between a homosexual and a pedophile is a couple of years.” Also according to him women were incapable of molestation or abuse because God gave them all a motherly instinct. To which a student replied “my female high school gym teacher was fired due to molestation charges.”
Something good did come out of his little outburst though. Everyone that walked through north plaza came together to just shut this guy up. Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheists all put their differences aside to show their support against hateful people who abuse the teachings of religion to persecute those who disagree with their beliefs.
I think my favorite quote from someone in the crowd today was “I would rather have a foul mouth than a hateful heart”

The free speech wall put up in North Plaza today.  I really love reading what everyone puts up on these!

The free speech wall put up in North Plaza today. I really love reading what everyone puts up on these!

North plaza

North plaza

These two tables were in the JC today right next to each other and I thought it was the perfect juxtaposition.  First I would like to formally apologize to the Secular Student Alliance for the unflattering photo I didn’t realize it turned out this way until I had already left…

I asked both tables the same question to see how they would explain their sides:  What is the importance of God in society?

Prayer Table: Nothing is more important than god because he gave us life.  Through Him we come to experience life as we were meant to live.

Secular Student Alliance: It’s not.

Voilition is sponsoring a give a book take a book table in North Plaza.  THe photo is from yesterday but it’s also going on today.

Voilition is sponsoring a give a book take a book table in North Plaza.  THe photo is from yesterday but it’s also going on today.

A few days ago I ran into this guitar and drum dup jamming in front of their dorm.  I didn’t ask for a photo because I saw them getting really into it it just felt rude to stop them.

A few days ago I ran into this guitar and drum dup jamming in front of their dorm.  I didn’t ask for a photo because I saw them getting really into it it just felt rude to stop them.

Tim Grove, author of A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History, speaks to students and faculty members about his life as a historian while promoting his book.

Tim Grove, author of A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History, speaks to students and faculty members about his life as a historian while promoting his book.

I ran into a traditional gentleman today.  He didn’t say much, and when I finished taking his photograph he swung his cane and strolled away.

I ran into a traditional gentleman today.  He didn’t say much, and when I finished taking his photograph he swung his cane and strolled away.

shots from today’s 9/11 Memorial held by Mason Pond.

Very poignant words were said by our student body president as well as president Cabrera and his wife.  Also a very beautiful song was sung by one of Mason’s students (if anyone knows her name please let me know I would like to give her credit).  I hope everyone was able to have a wonderful day today while keeping the victims of this tragedy alive their hearts.  

The Send Silence Packing campaign happening today in North Plaza brings awareness to the amount of teen suicides that occur each year.  The plaza has been filled with the backpacks of students who were victims of depression and felt as though they were unable to call for help due to the stigmas placed on the mental illness.  On the backpacks you can find hundreds of stories of ordinary people who chose to end their lives too soon.  

No matter how hopeless things may seem at the moment you are not alone.  There are people out there that are more than willing to help you if you need it.  Please visit the counseling service tables also set up North Plaza today if you feel like you or someone you know could benefit from it. If not, I would like to offer my ask box as a place to vent anonymously or talk through your issues and help any way that I can.

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  And though it may not seem easy things can and will get better.

(Roger, Patriot Leader): “If I ever became a politician here’s what I would say: ladies of congress….what do you think?  Because it’s not my body it’s not my choice to make.”

Pro-Life protestors continue to use scare tactics on campus with fabricated images of abortions.  For breakdowns on how each image shown is staged visit:

lifeandlibertyforwomen.org

edit:

My personal views and opinions do not represent the Mason community as a whole.  I fully support peoples’ right to express their own opinions even if they differ from my own.  

However I disagree with the inappropriate use of fear in order to convince people to change their minds on certain opinions.  I don’t think it’s ok to group women who want to undergo this medical procedure to the Nazis’ dehumanization and systematic killing of millions of Jews.  I also believe it’s not ok to use the Holocaust as a tool to shame a Jewish person simply because they do not share your beliefs.   

Also, according to the Carnegie Science Department of Embryology a fetus at this stage of development does not look like a scaled down version of a human baby.  As mentioned above there is a link to the website showing evidence as to how the photos are staged.  Here’s a more accurate link:

http://lifeandlibertyforwomen.org/truth_about_photos.html

To restate my mission: this blog is made to document candid moments on the GMU campus as well as share portraits and stories of interesting people I find between classes.  

Anything that does not appear in quotation marks (or is paraphrased) is said in my own words and should only be viewed as such.