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 quick shout out to tip-yourhat for follow #700!

I’m really so thankful for everyone’s support! I never imagined this project would get such a following!

Some people taking advantage of the gorgeous rows of trees in the JCs south plaza today.  Gotta love the fall weather!

Some people taking advantage of the gorgeous rows of trees in the JCs south plaza today. Gotta love the fall weather!

TKE hosted their annual egg peg in the field by north plaza. The cost was $1 per egg and all of the proceeds went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

"Oh my god it broke through the cardboard!"

TKE hosted their annual egg peg in the field by north plaza. The cost was $1 per egg and all of the proceeds went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

"Oh my god it broke through the cardboard!"

TKE hosted their annual egg peg in the field by north plaza. The cost was $1 per egg and all of the proceeds went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Robin Books made an appearance at mason today handing out bookmarks with links to free textbooks.  He asked me to take his picture and darted off before I actually had a chance to take it.

Robin Books made an appearance at mason today handing out bookmarks with links to free textbooks. He asked me to take his picture and darted off before I actually had a chance to take it.

Students today gathered  in a large circle of prayer and music to protest the traveling preacher that made his stop at GMU.  They countered his arguments with love and open arms and one resonating message:

God is not a vengeful entity that only wants to punish and damn souls.  God is a being of love that welcomes everyone to the Kingdom of Heaven.  No matter what race, nationality, sexual orientation, or lifestyle as long as you allow Him into your heart and spread love you will have a chance at salvation.  

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.