Posted on 10 November 2010 by the Editors.
The Bible and the Quran contain “horrific material, and to say you get your morality from there” is a problem, the head of the American Humanist Association said Tuesday as the group launches what it calls the largest, most extensive advertising campaign ever by a godless organization.
The group is putting ads in newspapers across the country – and advertising on NBC – in the $200,000 campaign, AHA head Roy Speckhardt told CNN.
The point, he said, it to “challenge the fundamentalists” who “spout their backward ideas,” he said.
The target audience is people who may not realize they are humanists, Speckhardt explained.
“We’re targeting for criticism those who read the Bible literally, not those who pick and choose what they like,” he said. “We’re telling (people who pick and choose), ‘You’re more like us.’ Biblical literalists and Quranic literalists are holding us back.
“We know that you can be good without God, but many folks in America don’t know that,” he said.
The campaign features violent or sexist quotes from holy books, contrasted with more compassionate quotes from humanist thinkers, including physicist Albert Einstein.
You can check out the campaign quotes here.