A group in Florida known as Florida Atheists and Secular Humanists is sponsoring the erection of billboards sporting an atheist slogan,
“Being a good person doesn't require God,'' the sign declares. “Don't believe in God? You're not alone!''
I am interested to get some perspective on this from others. Isn’t plastering billboards with your propaganda all over town making this group just as guilty as the religious nuts they so despise?
I fail to see why what you believe needs to be expressed to the world, advertised and then forced onto others. I can understand why it’s dangerous when religious values leak into the societal mainframe, influencing legislation and government, education, media and science. But why bother with the billboards? It’s not going to recruit the fundamentalist religious crowd to your side, chances are if a “believer” is joining the group after seeing the billboard, they were already on the fence, and they aren’t the people we should be worried about anyway.
“The billboard may be working: About 30 people attended a recent Florida Atheists and Secular Humanists' get-together at a Davie restaurant, up from the usual dozen.
Over beers and burgers, nonbelievers, agnostics, skeptics and lapsed Jews, Christians and Muslims talked about everything from science and philosophy to politics and current events.”
Oh good, so it got a group of like-minded people together to discuss things. I wonder how that went: Let’s sit around and talk about our beliefs. Isn’t it awesome how we all believe in the same nothing? Let’s talk about why we believe this and why we’re right.
Listen: If I wanted to sit through lectures on what to believe and why it’s right and everyone else is wrong, I’d still be going to church with the Catholics.