My name is JoEllen. After a friend forwarded me an article about the AHA ad campaign, I thought, “Enough!” I am so tired of God and religion being attacked that I decided to start a counter ad campaign. To entice people even further by making their donation tax deductible, the Center for Family Development offered to partner with me.
She’s trying to raise $14,000. She’s almost halfway there. (For the sake of comparison, the AHA campaign cost a little over $40,000.)
Here’s the response ad you may soon be seeing if you live in Washington, D.C.:
Meh. Not very convincing. The tagline makes me want to believe in my parents, not a god.
John Kelly of The Washington Post writes this about the two ads:
So, how do the ads compare? I like the impish tone of the original atheistic ad, co-opting a Christmas carol for its godless message. The humanists were also careful to include their toll-free number and Web address and they slam the Judeo-Christian tradition with that little “a”: “Why believe in a god” not just “god.” Ouch. The godly ad presupposes you’ve seen the first ad and is a direct answer to it. It gets points for using a portion of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. It stumbles a little with its tagline–”Because I created you and I love you, for goodness’ sake”–which sounds like something Aunt Bee would say: “Opie, take off those dirty britches, for goodness’ sake.” But it ends on a strong note, signed simply “God.” Wow, the big guy himself. The only thing that’s missing is a final note that reads, “I’m God and I approve this message.”
Ultimately, he calls the ads a draw (a total copout).
(via John Kelly’s Commons)