Well, I thought I got my point across pretty well in my comments on Adam's post and I was fine. Then I saw the following video via AtheistMediaBlog. 3...2...1...FFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU
David Silverman vs. Megyn Kelly Over Christmas Billboard | Atheist Media Blog
Oh, how I shake with anger. I know it's Fox News and I shouldn't get too upset. I cannot think of a single nice thing to say about Megyn Kelly.
"Imagine driving by with your kids, taking them to go see Santa and then BAM; you see this. A silhouette of the three wise men approaching the Nativity with the words 'You know it's a myth' (empahsis added to indicate sneering tone)."
I have seen far worse Christian billboards in every corner of America with frightening imagery and words. All in all; the American Atheist's billboard is pretty tame.
"So there ya go. Way to ruin Christmas for all the little children like a month before, Dave." Grow up, Megyn.
"So why pull somebody out of their faith if they are wrestling with it." Hey, if it was so easy to get someone to abandon their faith then it's not as strong, integral and necessary as you seem to feel. Seriously, if all it took were some billboards saying the story of Christmas is a myth then this is going to be easier then we thought.
"Do you feel lonely? Do you feel like you need the support of the masses?" GAH! This is a major news anchor? You condescending tool. Whenever someone implies that atheists are pathetic or bad since we want people to come out of the closet of abandon their faith it is the height of hypocrisy. The entire point of Christianity and Islam is to convert people. To swell their numbers. There are nearly as many prostelytyzing signs on the side of the road than their are for commercial businesses.
"Why impose you belief on a big billboard when little kids drive by?"
The following pictures are Christian billboards you can see on roads and highways all over America.
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I disagree with Adam that "the sign does not attack the myth that Christianity owns the solstice season or encourage closet atheists to come out." He is thinking like an already fully faithless and unencumbered atheist, free from the doubts and inconsistencies. For those us raised in religious households and were formerly theists; try to remember what it was like when you had major doubts, but were still holding on due to the sometimes immense pressure from family, friends and the church. It's a weight that you are afraid to let go. Especially if you think you will be on your own if you do. Everyone here at Left Hemispheres went through this years ago to some degree. I think we are two former Lutherans, a former Catholic and a former Church of the Brethren. Remember that and then think of how fantastic it would have been to see that billboard while driving into the city on Christmas morning. I think it would have made my holiday when I was 15 years old. I would have felt less...bad. My point here is to not forget that we are on the other side. We have made up our minds and made our choice and are comfortable with it. However, do not forget the people that aren't in the same place.
I also have to take issue with the statement "I don
't believe that it conveys the ideologies of atheists." Which ideology should it convey? Do we have a unifying ideology? Nope. We are like herding cats.