Why believe in God? campaign in D.C.

November 12, 2008 — 12 Comments

I think it’s a sign of desperation.

Last month, the British Humanist Association announced an advertising campaign on London buses with the message: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

Now, the American Humanist Association is following their lead and launching a campaign against God. 

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The Associated Press reports:

 

You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.

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.”

Later in the article Tim Wildmon makes a good point when he says, “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.”

I wonder if the American Humanist Association has heard about Laminin?

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12 responses to Why believe in God? campaign in D.C.

  1. 

    I bet the group would not dare to put a sign sying Why believe in Allah during Ramadan. Of course they would be a target if they did so. I knew once liberals gotin the White House things would start getting too loose.

  2. 

    Not all people that don’t believe in God are liberals 😛

    My problem with this article is that it lumps Athiests in with Agnostics… which is incorrect and wrong.

  3. 

    What has laminin got to do with the existence of God? Is it because it’s shaped like a cross? That’s about as much reason to beieve in God than having seen the image of the Virgin Mary in my pancake this morning. It’s quite simply a coincidence.

    I ate the pancake.

  4. 

    I think the idea is more “why not be good this time of year regardless of whether or not you believe in God” over “Why believe in God.” In that sense, good message, but bad delivery…

  5. 

    What do liberals have to do with anything. So because a person feels that he has to go against something that he feels is wrong, things are getting to loose. You almost sound as if you are a dictator loosing her “control” over people, wanting to limit there ability to think beyond a book. Get over yourself and your faith! I think it’s right to challenge the majority, for the simple fact that there is not one shred of evidence that is testible to prove an all powerful being exists. On a side note, look at what the conservatives have done with our country… and aren’t they the bible thumpers of the political spectrum? Good job!

  6. 

    The message rings true. If you’re being good because you believe that your celestial boogey-man will reward you for it and punish you otherwise, that’s not a very good reason to be good. What about just being good because it makes this world a better place?

    Would you be upset if the ad read “Why believe in Santa? Just give gifts yourself because it makes everyone feel good.”? Children believe in Santa. Does that make you desperate that you talk with other adults about how there is no Santa?

  7. 

    Be good for goodness sake? If there were no God, we would not know what good is.

    If you can change the definition of what is good, then who is the final arbiter of good and bad? The US Supreme Court? Congress? The President? Oh, that’s right, it’s the UN. No thank you! Jesus is just fine for me.

  8. 

    This post and some of the comments reminded me of something I recently read in Dr. David Jeremiah’s new book, “What in the World is Going On?” In it, he states that America was born a Christian nation and did not become the land of the free and the home of the brave by blind fate. We are reminded that God blesses those who make His priorities their priorities and that it is no coincidence the U.S.A. has been the most blessed nation in the world because America’s founding fathers submitted to God authority, citing Psalm 33:12 & Proverbs 14:34.

    The books also points out the fact George Washington set the tone for our nation’s governmental authority when he said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible” and the fact America’s early leaders stabilized government with a life line between their country and their God, with authority and blessing flowing downward as dependence and thanksgiving flowed upward. A 20th Century U.S. president is quoted as stating, “The foundation of our society and our government rests so much on the teaching of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

    As suggested by the Humanist Association ad campaign as well as some of the comments posted here, clearly our heritage of national dependence on God is under fire and our lifeline is fraying. Very sad and scary, especially for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

  9. 

    Funny thing.. Under the definition of “good” I don’t see a mention of God – http://www.thefreedictionary.com/good

    So, it appears that you CAN have a definition of “Good” with out “God”.

    I never argue against anyone’s belief in a God, unless of course they make me. I have no problems with someone believing in their own God.. I do, however, make sure to argue my point when others state that my Agnosticism is incorrect, or tell me that I cannot know what good is without God.

    I don’t mind opinion.. but when you are wrong, I will let you know.

    “I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.” –Thomas Jefferson to Edward Dowse, 1803. ME 10:378

  10. 

    William: “clearly our heritage of national dependence on God is under fire”

    This surprises me since the constitution which our country relies on specifically denies this premise.

    No matter what individuals “thought” at the time.. they wrote the constitution based on what would be best for ALL, not just themselves. This is the reason it states things like that.. To protect others from people like you. People that would have us all under one religion. Because lets face it Christianity does not allow for other religions.

    I’d also like to point out that you are stating “God” as if it means the same thing for everyone. My definition of “God” is much different than yours, but I do believe in my own God. So, if this nation was founded on the principles of God, maybe its MY God’s principles.. not yours.

    Saying that the Bible is true because the Bible tells you so is not a well thought out idea.. If you think it is.. I’ve got something to sell you.

  11. 

    Danny and Humanist Associations provide the proof that attacks are made on any public reminder of our dependence on God’s grace for our national existence on a daily basis. I have no doubt people like this have something to sell. That’s a major reason why America is throwing away its treasured position as the most blessed nation ever on the face of the earth.

    I decline whatever it is Danny is selling. I haven chosen instead to accept what Christ offers all of mankind and follow His God-breathed source of the Truth–the Holy Bible–which has proven to be absolutely accurate, trustworthy and dependable. The whole Bible is God’s inspired Word. Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives. The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. It’s our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved.

    It would be wise for Danny and his friends to step out of the dark, read it and use its teachings to guide their conduct and confess their sin. Until then, have fun trying to meet your sales quota, Danny. I’m moving on. You should, too.

  12. 

    I have absolutely nothing to sell.. and I don’t ask for tithes either.. Interesting, maybe its YOU who has something to sell.

    I understand, its better for you to pretend that I’m the one thats selling something, so that others don’t question you for what YOU are selling, however, that doesn’t work here.

    “which has proven to be absolutely accurate, trustworthy and dependable”
    How, because you said so? There is no proof other than the opinion of others that its true. Which in no way is proof of truth.

    I also would like to inform you that your reading comprehension is obviously already flawed, because you can’t understand a simple post on a blog. I disagree completely with the Humanist association. How is someone supposed to believe that you read and understand a book as long and complex as the bible, when you can’t even read a post?

    I hope you don’t think your statements anger me. 🙂 I am happy knowing that there are people like you that use the Christian name, but know nothing of its teachings. Those that believe heaven is given to them no matter how they act, as long as they ‘believe’.

    I have many Christian friends.. very close friends. Who I cherish very much, but unlike you, they are TRUE Christians.

    Have fun trying to brainwash others to your cause so they can support you. I am just fine on my own. Not only does my ‘religion’ not need your money. It doesn’t need your obedience either. That is beautiful. That is Godly.

    My God gave me the gift of life, your God gave you a loan you must repay.

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