While many Americans view the month of December as a time to celebrate their religious traditions through holiday rituals, a growing segment of the population prefers to enjoy December without any religious overtones. The American Humanist Association, seeking to cater to such people, has launched another ad campaign to de-stigmatize atheism around the holidays. Last year, over 200 buses in Washington, D.C. displayed ads asking, “Why believe in a God? Just be good for goodness’ sake.” This year, 250 buses in five different cities will display ads of people in Santa Claus hats asking, “No God? . . . No problem!” Although religious leaders of many different faiths have denounced the ads, the American Humanist Association insists that such ads are important. The American media, the Association argues, with all of its advertisements geared toward religious people, can make atheists feel like they are alone. Read more here.
Teaching & Learning Guide for: The Social Ethic of Religiously Unaffiliated Spirituality
By Siobhan Chandler, Wilfrid Laurier University
From The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy