Atheist ad-battle Christians in dispute of existence of God
December 3, 2010 1:37 AM
The fight over personal beliefs should not be taken to the streets.
December is a month to celebrate a Christian holiday.
Apparently, Atheists feel that it's appropriate timing to voice Christian opposition by buying ad space.
The American Atheists' ad, "You know it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason!" can be seen in New York City's Lincoln Tunnel.
In response, The Catholic League created its own ad stating, "You know it's real. This season, celebrate Jesus," and placed it on the opposite end of the tunnel. The Atheists' claimed they want to encourage churchgoers who don't really believe in God to "come out of the closet." In response, Catholics accused them of trying to stir people's beliefs.
And so it began -- another religious quarrel about who's right and who's wrong.
Want to bet that this won't get resolved in our lifetime? Seriously though, personal faith is not something that we should be arguing about. One person grew up as a Christian, another a Muslim and some other as a Buddhist. So what? A person's faith does not define them.
Why is it even important to identify someone by his or her beliefs? It's not. Case closed. Atheists may provoke Catholics by declaring that Christmas is a myth and attacking their beliefs, but it's foolish to take the bait and continue the fight over something that will never change.
Faith doesn't change depending on whose billboard message is wittier. Just think about political campaigns. The biggest spenders are not necessarily the winners as people learned from Meg Whitman's epic loss. She spent $180 million and became the highest spending candidate in U.S. history but failed to defeat Jerry Brown who spent less than half of her campaign budget.
Advertisements have little impact on people's long held beliefs. Whether political, religious or a combination of the two, belief is a source of global dispute. Religion, specifically, has become a frequent quarrel not only in Iraq and Afghanistan but also here in the U.S.
This time, it's over a billboard. Call it a cold war since no blood was shed, but there were some hot wars in the past too.
In February, two billboards carrying anti-Christian messages were vandalized in Sacramento. In Detroit, a bus with a "Don't believe in God? You are not alone" ad received similar treatment.
These battles are unnecessary and better left alone. People will let their faith be guided by their hearts and not silly advertisements. Can you believe this isn't even on the news?
This seems all too ridiculous to even discuss.
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