Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fish in a barrel, No. 1

Mathew Staver, dean of Liberty University's law school in Lynchburg, Va., finds a holiday season bus ad campaign that denies god "insensitive and mean." This about an ad with the benign tagline of "Be good for goodness' sake."

I'm sorry, but I can't muster up any sympathy for someone who is part of a religious community that tells me, and the rest of the world, that we will burn in hell for eternity for not accepting their particular definition of who Jesus was and what his purpose was on Earth.


  1. There's nothing quite like shooting fish in a barrel is there?

    The flip side of your coin is the willfully ignorant or just plain naive U*Us who *also* deny that God may be "insensitive and mean" on occasion by disregarding the Holy Bible, to say nothing of the natural world and well documemted human history. . . and *pretending* that "God is Love".

    Am I wrong DSD?

  2. It seems that I managed to misread your post a little bit. I was tired and somewhat under the weather when I first read it. I guess I should have followed the links for more detail before commenting. I mistakenly thought your post as about a bus ad campaign that denies God *is* "insensitive and mean."

    Having now read the material from the linked pages I can only say that I do not find it particularly "insensitive and mean" for atheists and Humanists to advertise their lack of belief in God during the Christmas season, especially since "insensitive and mean" (and remarkably pragmatic) Christians kind of purloined winter solstice celebrations from earlier pagan religions. . . OTOH hand the *content* of some of the ads does seem to be insensitive, if not somewhat mean.

    The slogan saying -

    “Yes, Virginia ... there is no God.”

    seems to be typical fundamentalist atheist propaganda. It goes beyond simply professing one's lack of belief in God, and asserting that atheists can be good without believing in God, to proselytizing the fundamentalist atheist "faith" that God does not exist at all. Why am I not surprised that *that* particular atheist advertisement is from the Freedom From Religion Foundation which recently offended some U*Us, thankfully including some sensitive and "less than mean" Humanist U*Us, with a definitely insensitive full page ad seeking donations to pay for its "insensitive and mean" bus sign campaign in the UU World magazine.


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