On Saturday, July 31, 2010, members of the Objectivist Party of New York demonstrated in front of the AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 movie theater in Queens, New York encouraging people not to see Charlie St. Cloud, the new movie starring Zac Efron. OPNY members were particularly upset with the mysticism and supernatural elements portrayed in the film.
OPNY members participating in the demonstration held signs that read:
There Is No White Light!
Dead People Cannot Be Seen!
There Are No Miracles
Half-Dead People Don't Suddenly Appear In Cemeteries Leaving Notes!
Stop Being Superstitious! This Is Not The 12th Century!
Dead Boys Cannot Set Off Flares!
Touching A St. Jude Medal Cannot Bring Someone Back To Life!
Use Your Logic & Reason!
Dr. Tom Stevens, OPNY President, said:
When individuals see television shows and movies that treat the existence of gods, ghosts, angels, miracles and magic as being real, people without good reasoning abilities tend to believe such things may be possible because science cannot prove for sure they don't exist. However, when someone believes in mysticism and is superstitious, the burden of showing that such things exist lies with them. It is deeply depressing to think many people in this world still have faith in fantastic explanations for what takes place in the natural world and that supernatural forces intervene on a regular basis to alter reality to benefit them. No one can see or speak to the dead, aliens are not abducting people, knocking on wood has no effect and everything does not happen for a reason. I hope one day all people will use logic and reason to lead productive, purposeful lives. A culture dominated by movies such as Charlie St. Cloud does not help the human race to progress rationally and intellectually. In fact, it has the opposite effect.
Dr. Tom Stevens founded the Objectivist Party on February 2, 2008 and currently serves as its Chair. He also serves as President of the Objectivist Party of New York.