Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Several atheist groups have come together in New York City to post anti-religion statements on the New York Subway. Clicking on the title of this post will send you to an article on this plan.
Any advertisement that calls attention to faith and God is good for all religions. The faithful need to fear is indifference, not dislike. Too many people in this country have, at best, a cultural belief in a supreme being but no personal experience with God. These ads may make people think about the role of God in our national life. The atheist is far closer to God than someone who never thinks about faith.
These ads may have one pernicious result. Atheists like to portray Christianity in its most conservative form. In the Midwest, a group is placing anti-Christian ads on billboards that are aimed at Christian fundamentalists. Fundamentalism is easily caricatured and ridiculed. These ads in Detroit are designed to cement the image of Christianity as fundamentalism in the minds of non-believers.
Christians are already portrayed in simplistic fashion by the media. These ads may enforce the worst image of the faith as anti-science and anti-intellectual. Mainstream Christianity is neither. Mainstream believers need to advertise our viewpoint. We also need to enlist those of other faiths in the struggle. We must contact the media and demand a balanced view of all religions, not just ours. The time has come for the truth to set us free.