Thursday, December 02, 2010

Heirs of the Enlightenment....

Atheists Offer 'Reason's Greetings' in Marketing Blitz
With fewer Americans claiming organized religion, nonbelievers step up campaign
By Ambreen Ali, Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2008 2:25 PM CST

(Newser) – It just isn’t the holiday season in America until nonbelievers and the devout begin sparring. This year, the godless are on the offensive, launching a marketing campaign to capitalize on the loosening grip of organized religion, telling neighbors, “We’re just like you,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Next month’s HumanLight celebration is intended as another milestone in their fight to enter America’s mainstream.

Conservative Christians scoff at the blitz, saying only 5% of Americans flatly deny God’s existence. The religious are countering this season’s nonbelievers campaign with their own—including billboards that ask, “Why do atheists hate America?” Yet the secular, who for the first time have a lobbyist in Washington, seem undeterred. “Step one is for people to know we’re not crazy,” says one.


For the inspiration of this sort of thing, see
The Cult of Reason
De-christianization of France during the French Revolution
Chapter 7, In Tune With the World: A Theory of Festivity  by Josef Pieper, Richard Winston
"Liberty, equality, festivity! - French Revolution - High Days and Holidays"