"Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," proclaims a new holiday ad from the American Humanist Association. Already appearing today in the New York Times and Washington Post, the message will soon be blazoned on the sides, taillights, and interiors of over 200 Washington DC Metro buses.UU's short O'Riley. I'm not a regular watcher of his show but stumbled across his interview with someone from AHA on this effort. And found myself agreeing with O'Riley that --save the gratuitous shot against God (why bother with that?)-- I'm in perfect agreement that morality flows from our empathy, fairness, and experience.
It's the first ad campaign of its kind in the United States, and the American Humanist Association predicts it will raise public awareness of humanism as well as controversy over humanist ideas.
"Humanists have always understood that you don't need a god to be good," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. "So that's the point we're making with this advertising campaign. Morality doesn't come from religion. It's a set of values embraced by individuals and society based on empathy, fairness, and experience."
Update: Boy in the Band's seen one of the AHA's ads and posts on it.