“Are you good without God? Millions are.”
“Imagine no religion.”
“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”
And whenever they do, they are almost guaranteed to garner resistance. Conservative religionists often object vehemently to the very concept of atheist advertising: in many cases trying to get the ad campaigns stopped altogether, and frequently even vandalizing the billboards. (In what has to be the irony of the year, some bus companies have stopped accepting all religious-themed ads, simply so they don’t have to accept ads from atheists.) And while moderate and progressive believers have never (to my knowledge) tried to stop these atheist ad campaigns from moving forward, many are still baffled and even offended by the ads. They see them as proselytizing, evangelical… and they don’t understand why people who are opposed to religion would be proselytizing and evangelical.
So why do atheists do this?
Why do atheists spend substantial amounts of money and resources to let the world know we exist, and to get our ideas across?
Thus begins my latest piece for AlterNet, “Spreading the Good News About Atheism”: Why We Need Atheist Ad Campaigns. To find out why atheist ad campaigns are both valid and necessary — and what the hostile reactions to them says about religion — read the rest of the piece. Enjoy!