Just In Time For Christmas

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The American Humanist Association launches anti-God ad campaign.

Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake,” will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.

“We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you,” said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. “Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion.”

To that end, the ads and posters will include a link to a Web site that will seek to connect and organize like-minded thinkers in the D.C. area, Edwords said.

Edwords said the purpose isn’t to argue that God doesn’t exist or change minds about a deity, although “we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people’s minds.”

The group defines humanism as “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.”

Last month, the British Humanist Association caused a ruckus announcing a similar campaign on London buses with the message: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

In Washington, the humanists’ campaign comes as conservative Christian groups gear up their efforts to keep Christ in Christmas. In the past five years, groups such as the American Family Association and the Catholic League have criticized or threatened boycotts of retailers who use generic “holiday” greetings.

In mid-October, the American Family Association started selling buttons that say “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas.” The humanists’ entry into the marketplace of ideas did not impress AFA president Tim Wildmon.

“It’s a stupid ad,” he said. “How do we define ‘good’ if we don’t believe in God? God in his word, the Bible, tells us what’s good and bad and right and wrong. If we are each ourselves defining what’s good, it’s going to be a crazy world.”

Eh, this doesn’t offend me or make me angry. It’s just kind of pathetically amusing. Especially since they aren’t trying to argue that God doesn’t exist. No, they are just trying to plant a seed of rational thought, as if Christians or Jews or any other group that believes in God haven’t thought it through rationally. Believing in God does not automatically exclude rational thought any more than believing in some crazy, ever-changing theory proposed by scientists who half the time can’t agree amongst themselves.

Anyway, more power to them and if it makes agnostics, atheists, and the like a tad more cheerful during Christmas fine. We have enough grouches roaming the streets as it is. They are called Democrats, and despite their win this month they are only happy when they are miserable.  (Yes, Democrats no doubt have more non-believers than Republicans but even so I didn’t say it would make them happy, only less humbug.)

Speaking of humanists though, here’s a little video clip of a guy who says he is “maybe the last humanist.”

Caution very strong language.

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3 Comments

  1. What a load of crap, I wonder if our tax dollars are funding this organization? It almost sounds like they are surprised that Christmas is associated with “traditional religion”. I’m think it won’t be long before they have their own holiday. Maybe they should adopt Festivus, the feats of strength would be fun.

  2. This makes me sad. And I think we will see greater aggression as the atheistic/agnostic activists get into full gear, over the next year or two.

    I must say–without playing the vid’–the guy doesn’t appear to be happy in his humanism.

  3. I know plenty of agnostics and a few atheists who celebrate Christmas because it’s fun! It’s decorations and trees and Santa and presents and family get togethers. Oh – and don’t forget the food! I’m pretty sure the need they think is out there – isn’t. At least not for the reasons they are giving. Bah humbug!


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