For Immediate Release
Humanists Praise Bold NYT Ad
WASHINGTON - The American Humanist Association congratulated the Freedom From Religion Foundation for its full-page ad in today's New York Times. The ad's headline reads "Imagine a World Free From Religion" above a photo of the Twin Towers.
"This is a bold stroke to remind people of the elephant in the room,"
declared American Humanist Association President Mel Lipman. "People
don't crash airliners into skyscrapers in the name of science or in the
name of those common decencies we all believe in. But they can do it
when prompted by blind faith in the unseen and unproven."
This is the anniversary week of 9/11 during which a special memorial will open at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
"The FFRF has our congratulations for their frankness, honesty and
courage in generating discussion on this important issue," added
American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt. "It is
efforts like these that have helped more and more people take an honest
look at how religious fanaticism can lead to the destruction of humane
In recent years, humanist and freethought groups all over the United
States have reported significant growth in their membership numbers,
some more than doubling in size. Moreover, public outreach by humanist
and freethought organizations has expanded dramatically since the
American Humanist Association got the ball rolling with its first
national public awareness ad campaign in 2005. This ongoing campaign
was highlighted last year when the American Humanist Association ran an
ad in the Washington Post
congratulating Congressman Pete Stark for "coming out" as a nontheist.
Today, humanist and freethought billboards are being placed on major
highways in the metropolitan areas of New York City, Los Angeles,
Philadelphia and Phoenix, as well as in the cities of both the
Democratic and Republication national conventions.
"Clearly, the humanist and freethought movement is growing in
significance," concluded Lipman. "Today being nonreligious constitutes
the fastest-growing 'religious' identification in America, already
outnumbering that of Jews, Muslims, Mormons and Hindus combined. That's
why we can now participate on the national stage with dramatic
advertising campaigns and programs with broad impact. Expect to see
much more from us in the future."
"And of course, humanism is positioned to offer the next step after
people set traditional religious faith aside," added Speckhardt.
"Humanism is more than absence of belief in a deity; it is a positive
ethical outlook that gives meaning and purpose to one's life without
need of ancient texts or divine revelation."
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The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.