I recently wrote a blog where I pulled an article from the UK Telegraph saying that our movement is nothing more than the "least inspiring movement in recent years".
I am adamant that one of the main reasons for this and other types of negative press out there is because of the billboard campaign by American Atheists. The billboards are inflammatory. They are not thought provoking or lead to thoughtful debate or discussion. They are insulting and I am frustrated that this is how American Atheists think our movement should be perceived and represented. I have wrote to the Chairman of the Board of AA and asked him to reconsider this campaign. Although the idea of the billboard I'm all for, what they say needs to make people say or think "wow, that's great, and it's something I want to check out further". We need to do better!
What are your thoughts on this? Do we need to write to American Atheists via petition?
Negative Examples of the Campaign:
"You KNOW It's a Myth. Celebrate the Season with Reason" - This is the most common one.
"You Know There Is No God -- We Know You're Right!"
"Jesus Affirmed a Gay Couple"
"You know they are All Scams"
"Don't believe in God?" "You are not alone."
Dallas I take issue especially in the last one "You know they are all Scams". It is an insult. But I get your perspective.
I've done a lot of work in conflict resolution and the way to get a point across is not to cause defensiveness through aggression which is what it does.
I hate to take O'Reilly's viewpoint, but taken out of context, if I call anything you care about "a scam" it is insulting. It would give me no reason to engage your further.
Then how about a message that is engaging rather than provoking?
Aspire to Reason
Perhaps it's a type of Dunning-Kruger effect, where religious people tend to overestimate the validity of religious arguments and its proponents, and underestimate the validity of scientific arguments and its proponents. In religion, the search for knowledge is assumed to be negative and persons with knowledge should be doubted.
Many religious people refuse to accept the authority of scientists upon the meaning and origin of life, and therefore ignore the arguments. Admittedly, I am not very good at listening to and concidering the arguments of religion, because I fnd it hard to understand why anyone would doubt the massive amount of evidence to the contrary.
The most worrying thing about religioin is not it's acceptance of a higher being, it's the rejection of evidence based science.
When is the last time you heard a politician use that term as even I hesitate, because to some people it may have racial undertones. I grew up in a place and time when it simply meant telling the truth. Why would you possibly walk up to any one and call them something unless you knew this to be a fact. What is wrong with being honest even if it does offend. You cannot base the truth on who it might rub the wrong way, because it will allways bother someone because it invovles something so personal as their belief system no-matter how absurd