Humanism has balls


Here’s an ad campaign I can really get behind: the American Humanist Association is launching a huge campaign called “Consider Humanism“. It’s the largest atheist campaign so far, but keep in mind the total money raised so far is about 200,000 bucks. That’s less than 10% of what the LDS church rounded up in order to prevent gays from having the same rights as other citizens. We still seem small fry compared to organized religion, don’t we.

Here’s what I like about this campagn: they aren’t afraid to call out religion on their violent bullshit. They quote their own dogma, asking people to reject the poisonous principles of religion and to progress to a more “humane” way of living. The best part is most people already agree our way is just better; they are just in denial that it evolved DESPITE the efforts of their respective religions.

If you’ve got deep pockets, I think it’s worth supporting.

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    Riz

    The campaign is awesome in so many ways, but has it’s draw backs.. for me personally (and I don’t mind voicing this entirely unpopular opinion) I can’t stand the term “humanism” because it tends to “religionize” atheism. Why can’t we all just be fucking atheists, it’s just -atheism- dressed up in a new term with additional philosophical stand-points usually, which is essentially in my mind “religionizing” something. Atheism does not need religion, though I’ll admit it does tend to need a bit of structure so they’ve got that going for them.

    The second thing is that these ads are ridiculously verbose… which I like for obvious reasons, but let’s face it: The average person is a -moron-. Morons don’t tend to enjoy -reading-, especially when what they’re reading seems to be against what they believe.

    I think something shorter should have been thought up, rather than something which reads like a novel to the average glance.

    Don’t get me wrong though: It’s still fucking awesome.

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    Michael

    Oh nos! The evil secular humanist atheists are marching! Awesome.

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    Wendy

    While fucking awesome, I have to point out that this ad has WAY too many words. People are idiots and hate reading. The fewer the words, the more effective the ad. The pithier, the better.

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    Matt

    I agree that it has too many words, as an ad trying to get a message across, it pretty much fails.

    I also don’t really agree with the approach. Yeah, you can quote some fucked up stuff in the bible, but what’s the point? If you’re already an atheist, it’s just preaching to the choir. If you’re religious, you’re probably comfortable with the idea that the bible is “open to interpretation” and a lot is ignored. Being presented a shitty bible quote isn’t going to affect most people. Maybe it will inspire some to pick up a bible and actually think about this shit, but i have my doubts.

    My biggest problem is i feel it’s a waste of money. $200’000 could do a lot of good, an ad campaign feels like a waste. It reminds me of Sarah Silverman’s “Sell the vatican, feed the poor” video”. The catholic church has a shit ton of money that could do an immense amount of good, but the, for the most part, don’t. Humanist organizations don’t have that shit ton of money, but it would be a lot nicer to use the money they do have to do good (good that is related to science education, free thinking, fighting nonsense, etc).

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