What Anti-Faith Commercials Could Look Like

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhAKzYr4-wg&feature=player_embedded

(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:

How Faith Poisons Religion

True Religion?

Towards Atheistic Religions (Or Away From Them, Depending On How You

On Defending True Spirituality And Taking The Word Back From Spiritually Bankrupt Fundamentalism

I Am Interviewed About My Personal (Atheistic) Religiosity/Spirituality

Is It A Waste Of Time For Atheists To Care About Spirituality?

Christianity vs. Morality
When I Was A Christian Teenager Renting Out Pornography
Christian Mythology For Kids
I'm At The Book Of Mormon!
About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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