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The HubBub Over the Tim Tebow Fallacy

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I happened to see both Tim Tebow/Focus on the Family (FOF) ads during the Super Bowl last night and just didn’t see the what the fuss was all about.

Some people said the ads would be an obvious nod against abortion but neither ad was obvious. They were about as generic and bland as those Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ads we’ve all seen before.

It could be the ads were watered down after the crap hit the fan about it and FOF withheld news of the change to get their max PR out of the issue as the right wing likes to do.

In the end the pro-choice crowd looks like a bunch of harpies as much as the right wing did when they complained about the Move-On Iraq War ad some time back. That’s why I always hold my outrage until I can actually see the item I am suppose to be outraged about. Getting bent out of shape over something that turns out to be nothing is a waste of time and makes one look stupid.

I did get a good chuckle over the fact that FOF would now have to pay millions of dollars for the two ads and they are still hurting for money as donations are down overall for their group.

I figure it was FOF’s plan all along. If CBS refused the ad then that was a win for them. If the liberal side got up in arms about the ad, the free PR was a win, and if CBS aired the ads they would reach approximately 98 million eyes – another win.

Meanwhile Richard Dawkins has a good post in the Washington Post “On Faith” section titled “The Great Tim Tebow Fallacy” that goes over the old and tired “if so and so’s mom had the abortion (fill in famous name) wouldn’t have been born…” argument.

The Great Tim Tebow Fallacy

Edd Doerr didn’t care for the AHA “No God” adverts

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Seems former president of the AHA Edd Doerr doesn’t like the AHA adverts that say “No God? . . . No problem!”. He not only had a letter in the New York Times he also got one in the LA Times today.

Re “Humanists launch a holiday campaign,” Dec. 7

As a former head of the American Humanist Assn., I am embarrassed by the organization’s rather puerile “good without God” campaign.

Advertising what humanists are for is more important than stressing what is not included in our beliefs. Mere nonbelief is negative — and emphasizing the negative invites blowback and hinders mutual understanding and respect.

In essence, humanism is about ethics, compassion, civil liberties, religious freedom, separation of church and state, peace, women’s rights, protecting the environment, social justice, reason and science and democracy. Importantly, humanists are all for cooperating and working with Catholics, Protestants, Jews and others who share these concerns and values.

Edd Doerr
Silver Spring, Md.

Of course Edd ignores the actual innocuousness of the advertising message. It wasn’t childish and nonbelief is *NOT* negative it is one of the primary principles of a secular philosophy like Humanism. Ignoring nonbelief ignores the reason secular humanism is different from theism.

I thought it was ironic that Edd shares the concerns and values with religious leaders who also stated in the article that the ad was offensive and an attack. He is one Humanist leader who has tried to brush nonbelief under the rug so we can be just like believers as if that would “grow” Humanism. I prefer the small secular humanism tent down the street than Edd’s “big tent” that requires me to hide and belittle my nonbelief.

I like this quote from referring article:

“Why didn’t they choose the summer solstice?” asked Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, a civil rights organization that puts up a Nativity scene every Christmas in New York’s Central Park.

“I guess they have no other time of the year to get out their message except to crib off someone else’s holiday,” Donohue added.

Another letter writer wrote that Donohue forgets that “Christianity has long been the Microsoft of religions — gathering up existing traditions and re-branding them under its own banner” and it ripped off the Roman Saturnalia holiday for Christmas.

Here is a link to the December 7th LA Times article on the ads that Edd was responding to.

Humanists launch a godless holiday campaign

Some Christians are so sweet and inclusive

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A recent Best Buy holiday ad that included a nod to the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha brought out some comments from the sweet and inclusive Christian community.

Instead of being praised for its inclusiveness, Best Buy is being attacked by some customers who have made their views known on the company’s message board. Some consumers are particularly irked because the home electronics retailer recently announced that it will no longer put “Merry Christmas” in its flyers.

But there seems to be a small and vocal group of Best Buy customers who don’t appreciate the flyer. Some of the colorful customer responses on Best Buy’s message board include (please note that these may not accurately reflect the nature of the holiday Eid Al-Adha):

“Makes sense. Stop saying Christmas because you don’t want to be associated with Jesus, and instead associate yourself with goat sacrifice. Truly noble. I think ill go to Best Buy with a dead goat.”

Or this response:

“Eid is not about “giving to the poor”, etc. It is about sacrifice. I live in a Muslim country and the streets literally run with blood during this holiday. That is not an exaggeration. Yes, they give some of the meat to the poor…but it is all about sacrifice.”

Best Buy Ad’s Mention Of Muslim Holiday Irks Some Customers

Gosh they are so inclusive and sweet – bigots. It amazes me that some Christians are so wimpy about their beliefs that they have to attack any other belief system that isn’t theirs.