Guest Paul Posted January 7, 2009 Report Share Posted January 7, 2009 The British Humanist Association is sponsoring advertisements on buses in Britain that say "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." These advertisements come in response to some British Humanists being told they are destined for eternity in hell for what others call non-belief. Agree or disagree, they are expressing what they believe, and there is a positive message in it. Today's New York Times reports the response of one 76-year-old woman, who said "I think it's dreadful. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don't like it in my face." I would like to say that maybe now she understands how we non-theists feel, but it's obvious she doesn't see the connection. Other people's religious beliefs are forced on us every day, including in public ceremonies and events that should represent us all. Yet somehow the dominant majority manages not to see how it imposes its will on others. That's necessary in matters of public policy, but not in matters of religion. I hope one day public consciousness will be raised sufficiently that we can stop fighting this battle. Religious belief should be a private matter for the individual. Groups should be free to express and promote their views. Governments should be and remain entirely neutral on the matter. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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