THE BEST YOU CAN DO


It started with signs in London that read “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy life.”
Next came signs in DC saying, “Why believe in God? Just be good for goodness sake.” They pictured a young person wearing a Santa outfit and looking like they belong in a Benetton commercial. This is good advertising.
Recently the group Freedom from Religion Foundation paid to have these signs displayed on buses in Madison, Wisconsin. I think promoting Atheism is great. The London and DC sign campaigns were brilliant. With that said, these Madison posters are awful. There are so many things wrong with them, I can't type fast enough. First, they are all too negative. The sepia tone makes me feel like the Atheist movement belongs to the past like buggy whips, and baseball. What’s with Clarence Darrow? He looks like a Vulcan! And butterfly McQueen! Who in God’s name is Butterfly McQueen?
Besides that, if you want to show some famous people who are Atheists don’t quote Richard Dawkins. I personally think he’s dreamy but he makes religious people see red. Why not quote guys like George Carlin he said: If this is the best God can do, I'm not impressed.

Comments

Anonymous said…
What is wrong with baseball? Are you suggesting it is antiquated and obsolete despite the fact that "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" is the third most sung song in the U.S.A.?
It was a little joke within a joke. Thanks for noticing. Baseball is a wonderful game. Wouldn’t be caught dead playing it myself but people do strange things when they have sticks in their hands - like fishing and golf. Oh no, now I’m going to get comments about that.
Hi Nick, I just read your article "Star Trek Made Me an Atheist" and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. Like you, my husband and I have often discussed the allegories between ST and religion (especially the character "Q"). I've shared it with a few like-minded individuals. You sure hit the nail on the head. Keep up the good work!

Morgan Ravenwood
Author
Humanist/Pagan
Thanks for the encouragement.

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