Youtube Commercials for Atheism

I came upon these interesting videos on Youtube today.

I like them all, especially the first one. I also like the catch-phrases (e.g. Think Before Religion). But the question is whether we should really try to get videos like the ones above on TV. What do you think?

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Posted on July 2, 2011, in Humanism, Religion and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Sure. They’re emotionally evocative, spread important humanistic ideals and promote atheism. What’s the problem?

  2. There are many atheists who aren’t exactly happy to see atheist proselytization. In any case, you should use the oxford comma.

  3. I suppose. Why do you think that is? And should that get in the way of spreading the message when there is nothing offensive about these ads?

    Also, no. See my facebook conversation with Michael Francus about this. I am opposed to the oxford comma.

  4. I’m inclined to agree with Chana’s views here. Why should there be a concern about these ads when they’re not offensive, spread the atheist message quite effectively, and encourage humanistic values? For, that matter, why should they make anyone uptight – atheist or theist – for seeing them advertized on TV? Religions and other belief systems do. Why not give equal time and have commercials catered to the values of non-believers?

    I happen to think the first video has a wonderful, almost ‘spiritual’ message to it; one that resonates with Taoist and Buddhist sentiments about impermanence and making peace with the world. If death is the final fact and threshold of life, shouldn’t we be doing all we can to prepare for it? Shouldn’t we be coming to terms with its finality?

    That, it seems to me, is the most important “religious” truth that faiths around the world should be preparing people for. But are they? … No. Instead they emphasize the afterlife and otherworldly virtues, at the same time as belittling the significance and the relevance of this one.

    But, if ‘this’ life’s negligible to the supposed ‘other’ and just a preparation for it, then how could we ever expect to get anything better in the next world for how poorly we treated this one? … It doesn’t make any sense. But then again, religious doctrines seldom do.

    Anyway, I thought the first video had a great message. Thanks for posting it and the others.

  5. I’d love to see these on television, and any other ads that compel people to question their beliefs.

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