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Getting too old for imaginary friends? American humanists have the answers

A CHRISTIAN organisation set up fill children’s heads with biblical bullshit is outraged that the American Humanist Association has decided to play them, and others of their ilk, at their own game.

The AHA this week began targeting youngsters in a new advertising campaign and with a brilliant website called Kids Without God.

Terre Ritchi thinks it’s clever to fill kids heads with superstition

Terre Ritchie, Executive director of CBH Ministries (formerly known as Children’s Bible Hour), said that there a many hurting and struggling kids across America that need hope — and hope is only found in Jesus Christ.

Uggh!

So many kids are searching for hope in their life. We just work so hard to get that hope out to them … We feel that children are the most pliable in God’s hands.

She added:

There has to be more to our faith than being a nice person. Knowledge of the Scriptures is going to tell us what good is. … When King Solomon wrote, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,’ [he was telling us that] if we’re going on an understanding without God, we’re not going to get far.

Ritchie explained that the CBH, which just celebrated it’s 70th year, also reaches out to youth via print, as well as radio, in order to instil “moral values” through Scripture in children. She boasted:

We’ve got 27,000 kids in this Bible study right now. We’re doing everything we can to reach those children through our websites.

We have to do what we can. We can’t just sit back. We can’t be silent about it. Because these people have money to put this out there in front of kids, they’re going to affect a lot of kids. [But], Christians nowadays are fighting as hard as we can with the funds we have to get [the Gospel] out there.

The American Humanist Association (AHA), whose motto is “Good Without a God”, announced the launch of its campaign yesterday. It says the campaign was:

Created to strengthen and support kids and teenagers who don’t happen to believe in a God.

The main focus of the effort is to drive children to its new Kids Without God website. The AHA said:

This engaging resource offers a welcoming home for humanist, atheist and other non-traditionally religious kids where they can find information untainted by supernaturalism on a wide range of topics, including religion in public schools, science, discrimination, sexuality and reading suggestions.

Roy Speckhardt, the executive director of the American Humanist Association, added:

Whether they already made up their minds to reject supernatural explanations, or are just questioning, it’s time to make available an online resource that’s built just for kids without God. These kids may be from traditionally religious families, or from families like that of President Barack Obama, whose mother was a secular humanist. KidsWithoutGod.com will be a friendly online community for kids who might be too shy to ask an adult directly what it’s like to be good without a God.

The website features cartoon-like characters that seek to teach children and teens morality apart from the moral Lawgiver. A section of the site called “7 Darwin Promises” outlines seven things that the association wishes to teach children through the use of the character “Darwin the dog”.

Promise number one says:

I promise to be nice to other people, just because it’s the right thing to do.

Another says:

I promise that I will always tell the truth and take responsibility for my own actions.

Additional promises include taking care of the earth, thinking about the feelings of others and having good hygiene.

Speckhardt said:

With the plethora of websites geared toward teaching kids about Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, we’re pleased to add humanism to the discussion. Kids should know there’s another way to learn about morals and values—it doesn’t need to come from traditional religion.

In promotion of its new website, AHA is spending $30,000 on an ad campaign to point children to the site. It states that advertisements are scheduled to appear on 140 metro buses in the Washington, DC area, which includes 20 king size exterior posters. Billboard space has also been purchased in Moscow, Idaho.

In addition, online banner ads will be placed on Cheezburger.com and Pandora, as well as Facebook, Reddit, Google and YouTube.

But Disney and National Geographic turned down the advertisements because they were offended by the AHA slogan:

I’m getting a bit old for imaginary friends.

 

19 Responses to “Getting too old for imaginary friends? American humanists have the answers”

  1. RabbitOnAStick says:

    how does National Geographic turn down this advertising because of that?
    Is it because they still have those ridiculous programmes trying to find atalntis and no-er’s ark and other non existent places

  2. RabbitOnAStick says:

    FREETHINKER NEEDS A LINK TO THIS SITE!

  3. David Anderson says:

    “We feel that children are the most pliable in God’s hands.” How sick.

  4. Barry Duke says:

    Which site, ROAS?

  5. RabbitOnAStick says:

    Barry the AHA one. If children get on here they could locate the link and see it for themselves?
    Not the churchie one!

  6. Stonyground says:

    “Knowledge of the Scriptures is going to tell us what good is. …”

    Yet another fool who obviously hasn’t read very much scripture. Anyone who behaved the way that scripture advised them to in the modern world would very soon end up in prison.

    “When King Solomon wrote, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,”

    He was talking utter bollocks. My own understanding is that the Earth is a sphere and revolves around the Sun. The Lord thinks that the Earth is flat, stationary, and has the rest of the universe revolving around it.

    “[he was telling us that] if we’re going on an understanding without God, we’re not going to get far.”

    So why have we come a thousand times further in the last four hundred years, since we started to do science without reference to God, than we did in the previous four thousand years?

  7. Lazy Susan says:

    Had a look at http://little.kidswithoutgod.com/ and Im not entirely impressed.

    Darwin the Dog has 7 promises including “always telling the truth” and “taking other people’s feelings into account.” These are incompatible, as “Does my bum look big in this” shows. This is simplistic rubbish.

    The evolution video starts very badly – “living things change over time” it says, and shows a video of a person with their eyes, ear, tongue, etc suddenly growing. That is atrocious nonsense and should not be allowed. I have emailed them about it.

    I couldn’t bring myself to watch any more.

  8. Barry Duke says:

    Link’s in the second para, ROAS. Was from the outset.

  9. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    @Barry Duke: I think that what ROAS was talking about was putting a link in the right hand column, probably under the Young Atheists heading.

  10. Angela_K says:

    “We feel that children are the most pliable in God’s hands.”
    Is that code for in a paedophile priest’s hands?

  11. Buffy says:

    I can see Disney turning down the ads but Nat Geo? I thought they’d be better than that.

    “We feel that children are the most pliable in God’s hands.”

    You mean gullible.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    christians have a lot to say about morality, don’t they? Yesterday lunchtime I walked past a street preacher who was yelling through a bullhorn that there can be no morality without an imaginary friend. I felt it to be my moral responsibility to tell him that not only was he wrong, but that he is also a complete idiot.

    They don’t respond too well to being interrupted, I find.

  13. Barry Duke says:

    @GMR: Done!

  14. JohnMWhite says:

    @Lazy Susan – it’s not possible to be truthful while avoiding outright insulting somebody and making them feel like crap? There’s a difference between telling someone “that dress makes you look like a fat cow” and “I don’t think that one suits you”. Darwin is presumably trying to children to be honest but tactful, which is at least a huge leap forward from the Christian idea that one must stampede over everybody else’s feelings like a bull in a china shop so long as you’re saying stuff that will please the bigot baby Jesus. The site does look a bit silly, though.

  15. Robster says:

    “So many kids are searching for hope in their life”. Is that Bob Hope? I hope so.

  16. barriejohn says:

    Re “We feel that children are the most pliable in God’s hands”:

    http://breakingspells.wordpress.com/2008/01/01/give-me-a-child-until-he-is-seven-and-i-will-give-you-the-man/

  17. worms2u says:

    LazySusan is right about the site. I’m a total evolutionist and atheist, but the site borders on pathetic.

  18. Jesus Smith says:

    Barry,

    http://news.google.com/news?q=Ronald%20Weinland&btnG=Search+News

    “Prophet” Ronald Weinland of the Church of God – Preparing for the Kingdom of God (PKG) sentenced a few hours ago to 3.5yrs prison (plus fine, restitution and probation) for tax evasion – evasion to the tune of almost a quarter of a million dollars.

    [I tried using the contact form but it's broken.]

  19. barriejohn says:

    Also OT, I’m afraid, as I’m having problems posting comments at the Pink Humanist!

    http://bit.ly/TK1pGn