WASHINGTON (AP) — You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.
Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake,” will appear on Washington buses starting next week and running through December.
The American Humanist Association is dropping $40,000 to get the message out in time for Christmas. According to a spokesman: “Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of nontheists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion.”
This / being / America, there’s backlash. (Full disclosure: A relative of mine copy-edited Gibson’s ridiculous War on Christmas book. She tells me he misquoted the first amendment. Hint: it’s one damn sentence.) The American Family Association called the ad “stupid,” and the Dean of the Liberty University Law School called it “insulting.”
The ads are running on the inside of buses…
…and on the ouside: