The ad on Washington, D.C., buses saying, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake” (11/12, A-9, “Humanists’ ad campaign rankles Christian groups”) will rankle more than just Christian groups.
As the article points out, a recent poll reported 92 percent of Americans believe in God. Why on earth would a bus company want to take a chance on offending so many people for the sake of (in the words of the American Humanist Association spokesman) “agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion?” If an ad on a bus tore at the very heart of any other groups’ holy celebration, it would be condemned.
Historically and theologically, the purpose of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ so Christians have a right to preserve the true meaning of their holiday. The ad on the bus, however, will not only offend Christians but anyone who believes in God.