Consider Humanism spends $200,000 on largest atheist ad buy ever!
Oh happy day! If you haven’t heard this yet, I’m glad to be able to be the first to tell you… Atheists are finally fighting back using mainstream media. Christians have been able to get their message out there for years. Now, it’s our turn.
(Washington, D.C., November 9, 2010) A national multimedia ad campaign – the largest, most extensive ever by a godless organization – launches today and will include a spot on NBC Dateline on Friday, November 12, as well as other television ads, that directly challenge biblical morality and fundamentalist Christianity. The campaign, sponsored by the American Humanist Association, also features ads in major national and regional newspapers and magazines demonstrating that secular humanist values are consistent with mainstream America and that fundamentalist religion has no right to claim the moral high ground.
You can see all the black and white ads in our ALBUMS SECTION ON FACEBOOK. Over $200,000 has been spent on this ad buy so far and with more support, it will just keep going. The ads (as you can plainly see) point out some of the fallacies in the bible that many of us atheists have been screaming for years. Christians (and Muslims, etc.) cherry-pick the “good” scriptures from their ancient texts and ignore the ones that make them face the harsh reality that they believe in a religion that is corrupt and spreads hate, fear, and violence. Humanism doesn’t spread any of those things and requires no divine providence to be self-evident as a good way to live.
In addition to the television ad on NBC, ads will also be displayed on cable channels. Print ads will appear in major newspapers, including USA Today, the Seattle Times, the Village Voice, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Independent Triangle, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and magazines, including Reason and The Progressive. Ads will also appear on Metro trains in Washington, D.C., on billboards on I-95 near Philadelphia and in Moscow, Idaho, and on buses in select cities.
“We want to reach people in every corner of the U.S., from all walks of life, to raise the flag for humanists and show others that they have more in common with us than with biblical literalists,” said Speckhardt. “It’s important that people recognize that a literal reading of religious texts is completely out of touch with mainstream America,” Speckhardt added. “Although religious texts can teach good lessons, they also advocate fear, intolerance, hate and ignorance. It’s time for all moderate people to stand up against conservative religion’s claim on a moral monopoly.” All quotes from religious texts were checked by scripture scholars to ensure accuracy, context and proper translation.
I’ll be watching the blogs and airways to see a reaction to this. I’m sure there will be a swift reaction from the religious right condemning these ads and calling the scriptures “out of context”. I’m not sure how words like “kill all those that don’t believe” can be taken out of context… but I look forward to the Christian apologists that try and rationalize these things away. Spread these around. Start conversations about them. Make this appear as important as it is. This is the first time that a secular ad buy of this size has been done mainstream and nationwide. I truly hope it gets bigger and creates a open discussion now about these very important topics.