Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Richard Dawkins appears in this tv spot that will be appearing on several networks very soon. There are currently two other spots available to watch on considerhumanism.org. The campaign features readings from holy books about various issues such as women's rights, violence, slavery, intelligence and homosexuality, and contrasts it with what humanists think. You will find that what the humanists think is very much in line with what most thinking people think about morality and values. The contrast between the ancient world's ideas and today's values is a stark one.
The ads are designed to make people consider the source of these holy books. Do the values contained in the Bible or Koran seem like they were breathed from a perfectly moral god? I think most will find that the ideas and morals found in holy books clash with our moral intuitions. Apologists no doubt deal with these "problem verses" in effort to make them sound less repugnant, but the honest thinker should wonder why, if god himself inspired the entire thing, would he have the authors write down such dated thoughts in the first place? It seems more likely that ancient people wrote what is contained in holy books, and their prejudices and morals of the day inspired them - not god.
The official site also has various ads that can be printed and distributed by the inspired free-thinker. Print some out, work with the humanist club at your school or in your community to spread the word.
Posted by Eric Burton at 12:37 PM