Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Merry Christmas... Atheist Style

Well the holidays are closing in.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner with Christmas a skip (..I wonder if kids still know how to skip?) away from that.

The ornaments and advertisements will be hitting the local stores and T.V. commercials and holiday billboards will be ringing in the festivities.

Manger scenes will be going up... where approved.

But wait...!

... but what do my wondering eyes should appear.. is it Santa, is it baby Jesus with a star shining over the manger scene in front of a church?

No. It's the new advertisement signs being put up around town this year, sponsored by The American Humanist Association.

I guess it's some of that 'Change' they keep talking about.

Here's the story:

Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.

"We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you," said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. "Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."


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