Posted by Falak Rahman
Source: the Guardian
American Atheists is an educational organization; we always intended to inform, to make people think. We never avoid being provocative, though that’s not the goal. We have not only a right, but a duty to speak the truth and to be heard. So our recent billboard campaign in Brooklyn and New Jersey, handy to neighborhoods where many Jews or Muslims live, was carefully designed to do exactly what they have done elsewhere and are successfully doing now: getting the attention of atheists and inviting them to the Reason Rally in Washington, DC, on Saturday 24 March, and to the American Atheists national convention immediately afterwards (25-26 March) in nearby Bethesda, MD.
We’re not out to irritate or insult those who disagree with us, but we’re also unwilling to be intimidated by them, unwilling to let them control or suppress our message. (If Pepsi starts letting Coke decide where their ads should be placed or what they should say, let us know and maybe we’ll reconsider.) If we can get conversations, civilized arguments, and fresh reconsiderations going with our billboards, so much the better. Religious leaders aren’t ever our concern and we have no interest in their self-serving advice. Valid ideas of any kind can be debated without any need for phony reverence, pretentiousness, or special privileging.
Editor’s note: Reality or myth? Why a need of community if no religious rites are to be observed?