This is again lifted from Friendly Atheist and just something to get the content moving. You should definitely check out the whole site though. www.patheos.com/blogs/friendly…
‘Our Families Are Great Without Religion’ Campaign To Begin in Dallas-Fort Worth; Already, Fox Affiliates Are Complaining
Posted on March 27, 2012 by Hemant Mehta
The Dallas–Fort Worth Coalition of Reason is about to embark on a new advertising campaign called “Our Families Are Great Without Religion” that will highlight how “family” is not synonymous with “Christian”. www.dfwcor.org/press-releases/
Here are the images that will be cycling through on the billboard along I-30 in Grand Prairie (Tom Landry Freeway) beginning Easter weekend — each image will be up for one week:
The following ad will also appear during pre-show ads at the Green Oaks Movie Tavern in Arlington (***Update***: Zach Moore writes: “After this early publicity, the Green Oaks Movie Tavern has decided to disallow our ads at the last minute. Our money is being refunded, and we’re currently pursuing other theater opportunities):
DFWCoR Coordinator Zachary Moore explained that “too often in our culture, the word ‘family’ is code for ‘religion.’ Organizations like ‘Focus on the Family’ and the ‘Family Research Council’ profit from the assumption that families need religion.” In contrast to those religious groups, Moore said that families in the DFWCoR “raise their kids to examine religion critically, not just to be dogmatic atheists. Our parents want to inspire their kids to love knowledge rather than faith.” Photographs of families from the organization will be shown on the campaign billboard and on the movie theater advertisements.
Not only that — the DFWCoR is prepared to help any families that join their member groups:
… several member organizations within the DFWCoR specifically cater to families with kids, offering secular “Sunday School” programs and Camp Quest Texas, a week-long residential summer camp for the children of local atheists. “It’s never been easier to be an atheist parent in Texas,” Moore boasted.
So this should go over pretty smoothly, right?
Of course not.
The local FOX affiliate says the ads are “targeting kids” (?!?!):
Umm… targeting them with the knowledge that both religious and non-religious families can be equally happy? Blasphemy, I know…
The best part of the video happens at the 2:33 mark when the host asks the reporter which movies’ previews will show the ads — you know, so parents can prepare their children for the heresy that will inevitably ensue.
After finding out the ad will play twice before all movies in April, the host stares blankly into the camera, visibly disturbed, and says, “So, parents… keep that in mind.”
On a brighter note, the same station invited one of the couples to speak with them in-studio. Will and Angel Crowley did a fantastic job.
And that’s not all! A FOX station out of Austin did another segment on the ads, calling them “anti-religious.”
That’s news to me. I don’t see any anti-anything statements in those ads… what did I miss?
The irony of the Rev.'s statement, regarding how "these [secular]...organizations" will try to make use of "whatever marketing tools are available." Cute, considering how religious organizations have been doing that for years, from movie theatre ads (like in my own local theatres) to stamps at the bottom of cups with bible verses.
Wow, I was surprised how nice the Fox people were in the first two videos. They were reasonably polite and actually gave them time to respond without interrupting them. The gentleman interviewing them actually asked some polite and pertinent questions without forcing the general Fox opinion. Only problem that I had is they keep talking about it targeting children. That irked me. Its not religious, its not targeting kids, they frankly are polite adds and just aimed to show not everyone believes in a deity. Though, I dont think I heard the accusation that these were 'militant atheists.' Is Fox softening up?
I love how they say "practice atheism". A lack of a belief doesn't have to be practiced, it's NEUTRAL not anti. It's scary to me to think about the many issues this is going to bring up for my own son in the future, especially with the massively lutheran nature of my own family.
That reminds me of RE at my school (Catholic high), where all discussions inevitably come to the conclusion that everyone questioning religious beliefs is a bad person, no matter how good he behaves and no matter how much integrity he shows. And after all I experienced, I think growing up without being forced towards God could be something children could profit from- neither being completely Christian, nor being completely atheist, being free to chose their way and examine what they want to understand. It´s a good campain, I think, but Fox News... what´d you expect from FOX NEWS? XD
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