Thursday, January 6, 2011

Banning Atheist ads... a good thing?


Do you recall the uproar in the news when Atheists were buying bus advertisements to promote their worldview? Due to these ads several pastors called for Christians to boycott the transportation until they were removed. As of January 1, 2011, all religious ads were banned from the busses in the Fort Worth area. Yes, that's right the Christians succeeded in stopping the Atheist ads and promotion but, they also succeeded in their views not being allowed in ads as well.

Dr. Albert Mohler {president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, aka where my husband is studying for his M.Div.} wrote a very articulate article on this issue at hand.

"By precipitating (and, of all things, celebrating) a ban on all religious messages from this public space, these Christians surrendered Gospel opportunities simply because they were offended by an atheist advertisement. No wonder the atheists clapped."

Click here to read the entire article, it will be well worth your time!

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3 comments:

  1. I think you meant that the Christians stopped their own advertisements being allowed too?

    I believe that if one viewpoint is not allowed, then all viewpoints must not be. If a portion of society is going to be so outraged at one type of ad, then there would be another portion of society being outraged over theirs.

    While I abhor that France banned all religious signifiers a few years ago in schools and the government, they were 100% - you may not wear the hijab, but you may also not wear a crucifix.

    There is no reason to privilege one viewpoint over another in a secular society.

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  2. Great article - agreed! As Christians, we need to expect persecution and understand that the world needs Christ, and He is offensive to the world!

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  3. Wow. I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry. It's sad that a small group of Christians were offended so much that they destroyed their future opportunities for outreach.

    I followed one of the links on Mohler's post to a news article when the ads were first announced. At the end of the article was this comment by a pastor and I think this attitude would have been a much better response than a boycott.

    "But my reaction is not to lash out, but to demonstrate with our words and actions that we have a faith that is both reasonable and passionate. What we do in this season -- feeding the hungry, reaching out to the poor -- demonstrates in a concrete way who we are. Not issuing condemnations of someone with whom we obviously and strongly disagree."

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