Panhandling Pictures soon)
I've long hated Capital Christian Center. Why? Well, because, um, you see, they're big and they're part of the power structure, which is to say their congregation is made up of a bunch of well to do folks in nice SUVs, and their super visible, being right off the freeway and they have a big giant gold cross as a symbol.
I wanted to do the "Atheist. Please help, God Bless" sign for a long time, and I mentioned doing it there, at Capital Christian to Jonathon Morken. Morken, who films me, thought it was a great idea and with his prodding it happened. I was somewhat reluctant because I don't like to engage people in a confronational manner. Panhandling with a sign is pretty passive but taking it to them, on Sunday felt intentionaly abrassive, and it probably was. I was wondering if I should just go back to my freeway offramp. But now, we got up early, well early for Jonathon anyway, and we went to church.
Well, those Capital Christian jerks, they let me down. They didn't harrass us or even make us leave their property. THEY BROUGHT ME COFFEE! A few of 'em gave me money, eleven bucks total. This of course pisses me off, it's not what I went there for.
Morken and John put a mic on me and then hid in the bushes across from the church. They were spotted right away by the security truck. I was skating and waiting for church to let out, not flying my sign. Morken told the security guy that they were doing a documentary on grafitti, and were getting shots of the graffiti on the freeway signs.
People started exiting the church so I got in place and flew my sign. "Atheist. Please Help. God Bless" on one side, and "Atheist, Will convert for food. God Bless?" on the other. The security came to talk to me. They asked what I was doing and then they told me that they might have to direct people to a different entrance if traffic was being impeded by folks responding to me. I told them to let me know if it got to be a problem. I told them I was an artist trying to make a living panhandling so I could work on my writing and other art without having to work every day. They seemed to find this reasonable.
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