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?
Dear Joseph: I think that you underestimate how much more quickly the power of religion could bring about the end of atheist organizations than the end of the world. It is immensely unlikely that the neo-cons involved the pact with fundamentalists for their votes actually share a fundamentalist world view. If holding up my hand when poled for belief in a 6000 year old planet would get me elected, you better believe that I would do it. To suggest that indicates sincere belief is akin to having faith in the honesty of politicians.
Appealing on behalf of the imminent destruction of the world is not a tactic I would expect from an Atheist. I cannot see how you reasonably compare the threat of suicide bombers to that of world leaders who would as eagerly initiate global nuclear destruction. This sort of argument really just boils down to an emotional appeal.
If you think that holding your head up and conducting yourself with dignity will have no effect on those who oppress us, then I might suggest you at least look into the story of a little brown man named Ghandi. I can fully respect that you might desire another approach, but I would prefer not to get dragged into any sort of conflict.
How will anyone bring about the end of an atheist organization anymore than convert everyone to Catholism. People such as Sam Harris agree that the scenerio I suggest is more likely to be started in the middle east and the desire to retaliate. Countries such as Pakistan, Iran, and Isreal with proven nuclear and or intent are more likely to be the catalyst. Even if someone shuts down an atheist organization does that stop you from being an atheist, but if they blow you to smithereens, that does.
I believe they are merely facts to Atheists but I can see how a Theist would take that as more of an insulting attack than an inspiring point.
I am sure if I thought of this or if I read it someplace but I like the line, "We either evolve outside of myth or we die". I dunno then maybe you can add Think Atheist after it. Hehe, I am bad at sayings almost as bad as I am at with remembering names. It's terrible.
Perfect ad idea, here.
All religious icons wearing labcoats and doing science. Underneath or at the bottom of the picture, use the phrase "How do you think they did it?" And then give a web adress or something.
I think this is the original article you refer to (wouldn't mind seeing your blog btw) -
He is moaning about the British Humanist Association's census-related campaign, and from what I can tell, the BHA are very self-conciously moderate. I doubt he is aware/cares what goes on over the pond.
He's a contrarian for the sake of attention. See him spectacularly missing the point once again here -
You might not be aware of Prof. Brian Cox, but basically he is possessed by the ghost of Carl Sagan, brimming with enthusiasm, and makes the point of mentioning how incredible and significant we are about every, um...ten minutes?
I'd like to add something to the main argument just so i'm not also spectacularly missing the point, but i'm quite conflicted on this issue of 'how hard to push'. However, I think i'm leaning more towards "no matter how difficult it might be for theists, just be factual/honest".