Atheists Advertise 'Man Created God' on Chicago Buses

Atheist messages have hit the third largest city in the country.

“In the beginning, man created God,” read ads posted on 25 Chicago buses.

The slogan “espouses the idea that man created God as well as all religions, and encourages public and critical examination of the merits of religious belief,” according to Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign.

The ads were launched in the windy city last week just after the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign had similar messages up and running in South Bend, Ind., where President Barack Obama had earlier addressed graduates of the preeminent Roman Catholic university – the University of Notre Dame.

“In my opinion, this is a great message to put out there,” said Reba Boyd Wooden, executive director of Center for Inquiry, an organization that promotes secularism. “Too many people think that you have to be religious to be a moral person. They don’t know they have a choice. They think that it is a given that there is a god, that everyone believes there is a god, and if you don’t believe in god you are a bad person. We secular humanists know that is not true.”

The ads in South Bend state “You can be good without God.”

Members and supporters of the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign revealed two different motivations behind launching the ads. Some, the campaign reported, want to promote a positive message about atheism and encourage atheists to “come out” while others want to tackle religious belief head-on with science and evidence-based approaches.

According to The Chicago Tribune, the Indiana atheist group was “inspired” by a similar campaign that was launched in Europe last year by the British Humanist Association. Bus ads there read: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

In recent years, more atheists have come into the spotlight, loudly proclaiming their beliefs – or unbelief – and challenging Christianity. Although atheists make up a small percentage of America’s population, the public nature of their efforts has not left them unnoticed, especially among Christians.

Christian scholars have responded by releasing a myriad of resources helping fellow believers to strengthen their Bible knowledge, training them in Christian apologetics to defend their faith, and in the process strengthening their own faith.

christianpost.com/article/20090525/atheists-advertise-man-created-god-on-chicago-buses/index.html

Here is Fr Barron on the New atheists and these bus campaigns (you should also Subscribe to him if you are a YouTuber user) - youtube.com/watch?v=Xe5kVw9JsYI

In our area they have atheists meetings. Sadly they published in the newspaper that younger atheists are having meetings in their homes with other young parents on how to raise healthy children without religious values and they listed web sites to view.

The college age generation often do not like religion because they often have been told that it is religion that is responsible for war, etc. The Humanists have been vocal on legislative bills like the “morning after pill”.These ads on the buses only add more fuel to this already distorted view of religion.:mad::shrug:

Since atheism is a belief system all its own (and apparently the meet regularly like any good church), how does this not constitute a religion? :shrug:

Oh come on you have to be joking!! Are you?? Pleasse tell me?

If that is true that is absolutely disgusting! Why would they do that? I thought atheism wasn’t a religion? Why would they try to convert and preach to people!? I thought this was a free society, where you can practice religion or not. No one forces you to be Religious and equally no one should force to be atheist! If that really is going on, something has to be done about that! We can not just sit back and let this happen!

I guess I don’t understand your point. People are always advocating for others to join them in some endeavor, belief system or political position. I think a free society encourages both free speech and free association. What are you objecting to? :confused:

Sorry, I just find the idea of atheists preaching non-belief absolutely absurd. It’s ridiculous.

I’m sure plenty of us feel the same way about preaching religion. Personally, I find it only natural that people of different beliefs try and convince others to join them, and of course raise their children to believe as they do.

well i cant answer the question directly. but since i hold the same veiwes i can answer as if it had been addressed to me.

i object to people turining their backs on God

i object to people trying to get tohers to do the same

i object to these people risking their childrens immortal souls to further an agenda

i object to the way athesim in general hates and attacks faith

athesim is the work of the devil. his greatest trick was convincing people he didnt exist. from there he has tried to convince the God doesnt exist. this is just the latest ploy to throw his net out seeking the ruin of souls. it is our job as fishers of men to catch them first or at least try to win them back.

I find it highly amusing myself. I had an atheist tell me one time, “How can you say that atheism is a belief system? A religion on it’s own? It’s not like a practice being an atheist.”

He had me stumped for a bit there and reading this I’m thinking, “This is EXACTLY how you ‘practice atheism.’” LOL! I gotta show this to my boyfriend. We are both of the belief that to be an atheist is a step backward in human development. :smiley:

Properly formed people are not threatened by such nonsense.

I think everything you listed are all reasonable views. However, in a free society the rightness of ideas should triumph. I understand why Christians (and other religious believers) would object to atheist propositions, but isn’t the answer better communication of our own ideas?

communication is fine and dandy, so long as we have that line in the sand we wont cross. there has to be a reasonable limit.

Agreed.

To put it another way:

“God is dead.” – Nietzsche

“Nietzsche is dead.” – God

originally posted** by lemonbeam**
If that is true that is absolutely disgusting! Why would they do that? I thought atheism wasn’t a religion? Why would they try to convert and preach to people!? I thought this was a free society, where you can practice religion or not. No one forces you to be Religious and equally no one should force to be atheist! If that really is going on, something has to be done about that! We can not just sit back and let this happen!

It wasn’t about preaching but more about connecting with like minded people. I will look for article.

A reasonable limit on what? Free speech? Or how much of a dissenting opinion you will tolerate before you speak up yourself? If the latter, fine, if the former…well, you can see where that would be problematic.

How about these ads for a change:

“Natural rights: Nonsense Upon Stilts.”

“Monkey’s Descendant at the Wheel.”

“Anarchy: The Solution to Government.”

“Misanthropists Agree: To Hell with Mankind!”
:thumbsup:

i agree, and the latter IS what i meant. i should have worded it more clearly.

Well, it doesn’t sound like a religion to me…more like a support group for people who feel they are in the minority. Personally, I don’t mind the advertisement. I’m glad we live in a country where there is the freedom to do this.

I’d rather believe and be wrong than not believe and be wrong.

If one’s worldview is informed by what is written on the side of a bus, they have bigger problems than can be covered here.

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