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?
Perhaps you should read a little more carefully then and try not to lose track of the discussion. I'll try to use smaller words if that will help, but you can also look them up in google.
If you have no interest putting forth a persuasive argument on behalf of reason over blind faith AND you are in support of inflammatory billboards then what, other than inciting more hatred against atheists, are you hoping these billboards will accomplish?
Heather, Silverman really bothers me. Did you see him on the O'Reilly factor? He came off sounding arrogant and childish and O'Riley came off sounding calm and reasonable. When O'Reilly looses it it's because he's out "thunk" by superior and calmer voices like Hitch and co. Silverman represented us in the worst way and brought up the "invisible man in the sky arugement" and from that point on O'Reilly had him.
Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BCipg71LbI
Maybe the billboard should of said "Think About It, The Evidence Is There"
It does fly a bit under the radar but it does engage the brain in a subtle way.
When I had my computer repair shop it's a technique I used. That way the customer felt like it was their choice when present with the options. They would pretty much do what I suggested.
You have to plant the seed first and let it work on them.