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Greta, this isn't a substantive comment on your argument, but it always brightens my day when you have a new article for us to read. Thank you for another wonderful argument to add to our rhetorical quiver.

I hadn't heard about the "There's probably no cod, now let's stop overfishing & think of the future" Greenpeace billboards. I wish more billboards were so adorably cheeky. I understand why atheist billboards are generally bland (to make the inevitable hostile reaction seem even more disproportionate), but it'd be nice to have a bit more humor, like FFRF's "Sleep in on Sundays" ads.

Allen Dexter

Good analysis, Greta. We need to be as outspoken as possible. Religion has had a free ride so long, they think it is their due. Every stupid religious holiday that comes along gets unlimited free press everywhere. The myths are presented as facts and the average person doesn't question.

That's why you and I blog. At least we don't have to just grumble in the background and be basically ignored. We don't reach as many as we wish we could, but at least we're a little less marginalized.


" always brightens my day when you have a new article for us to read."

I agree with this sentiment entirely.  I love this site.


An excellent article, Greta. I will be linking to this a great deal, I think.

Lynn Wilhelm

Check out this ad campaign from the Triangle Freethought Society in NC.
It's great.


Hello from the UK. Here we have an altogether different problem from the US. We have countless millions who are either atheists or completely indifferent about religion who nevertheless put 'Christian' on their census form. We don't have a secular constitution so these people effectively give the government carte-blanch to pour public money into religious schools and to consult with 'faith' groups before deciding government policy.

A recent poster campaign by the BHS* carried the slogan "If you're not religious then for God's sake say so" to encourage the chinos** to fill in the religion question honestly.

*British Humanist Association.
**Christian in name only.


From the full article:
I think the case for atheism is better than the case for religion... by several orders of magnitude.

I think you are absolutely right about the intellectual case, but the religious case is far stronger emotionally (if you have been exposed to religion as a child).

Not everybody is inclined temperamentally to prioritise rationality over emotion. Sad but true. So I believe (argh! the B word!) if you wish to remove religiously motivated 'thought' from public life you're going to have to come up with some other emotionally satisfying motivation... and there are some risks associated with that.

Unfortunately I have no answers.

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