Why believe in a god? ad in a Metro subway car.
The American Humanist Association is running a Why believe in a god? ad campaign in the Washington, DC area. I first started seeing their ads on the sides of Metro buses a few weeks ago. Today I noticed the first one inside a Metro subway car.
Yesterday, the free daily newspaper The Washington Examiner ran a front page article about the "hundreds of complaints" concerning the ads Metro had received. One complainer wrote that Metro had "a responsibility to not offend a group of people in this country." It's interesting that religionists get offended so easily by anything and everything anti-religious, but they never care if their own religious displays may be offending others. I have seen ads for local churches in the subway cars almost every December for the last 15 years or so. Has it ever dawned on any of those complainers that those religious ads may be offensive to certain other citizens of this country?
Cartoon by Don Addis from FFRF.
Most religionists have almost no tolerance for criticisms of their religion and, if they had an opportunity, would gladly support the suppression of all opposing beliefs.
But why is that so? Generally speaking, one would be afraid of criticism of one's ideas or beliefs, whether they were religious or secular, only if one were unsure of them. A person will tolerate opposing ideas only if he has complete confidence in his ideas or is not afraid to abandon them when necessary. It follows that the historical and present collective efforts of all monotheistic religions to oppress and censor opposition must stem from the insecure and doubtful feelings not only the religious authorities but also their followers must have towards their own beliefs. They are afraid to lose their religious beliefs, because, many of them must know deep inside that too much rational questioning will undermine the shaky ground religions sit on. And once an avalanche starts, there is no stopping it.
What are these people, who are objecting to Metro's displays of the American Humanist Association's ads, afraid of? That they will lose their religion if they hear too many arguments contrary to their beliefs? If it is that easy for them to change their minds about their "cherished" beliefs, well, let it be so. Beliefs founded on sand are not worth clinging onto.
Let's have a little respect here, folks.