(video via Hank)
So, the premise, legally banning religion is of course something we should not take seriously. But these mock ups of commercials for more generally and informally discarding bad religious ideas and ending identity-based divisiveness in religion are really valuable as anti-faith messages. Maybe some day when simply saying “You Can Be Good Without God” is not overblown as scandalous on its own, we American atheists might dare to argue explicitly in commercials that “You Can Be Better Without God”.
Of course, I am of the seemingly minority atheist view that without faith, authoritarianism, or superstitiousness, and instead guided only by open-ended science and philosophy and moral progressivism—something more properly worth calling religion could be created which was not the counter-productive force that traditional religions have become. I think the functions of religion could be redeemed in
a new religion multiple peacefully coexisting and cooperating religions which could redeem and replace the regressive, stagnating, patriarchal, closed-minded, superstitious, misanthropic, authoritarian, homophobic, misogynistic, anti-scientific, anti-intellectual, manipulative, moralistically immoral people and institutions who in the present have appallingly seemed to gained exclusive rights to the word “religion” in many people’s minds (including, often, my own when I am not careful).
I spelled out more about these views on the tenth anniversary of September 11th, last Sunday, in my post Islam, 9/11, and “True Religion” (Or “What Could George W. Bush Mean When Talking About True Islam?”), and in the earlier posts listed below: