Secular Humanists Defy Stereotypes in New National Outreach Campaign
October 3, 2013
Ads Declaring “Millions of Americans are Living Happily Without Religion” to Run in New York, DC, Indiana, and Michigan
“Millions of Americans are living happily without religion,” declares a new nationwide outreach campaign from the Center for Inquiry (CFI) launching September 30. Appearing on billboards and in mass transit systems in Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Washington, DC, new ads invite the public to learn more about how real people with a secular humanist worldview are living meaningful, fulfilling lives, in contradiction to misguided stereotypes that paint them as angry, despairing “lost souls.”
The ads ask viewers to visit the Living without Religion website (http://LivingWithoutReligion.org), which offers inspiring insight from real Americans who do not believe in God and who find hope and purpose through the values of secular humanism. “We are part of the natural world,” states the campaign website’s introduction. “We marvel at the vastness of the cosmos, and we relish our place within it.”
The website also includes a short introductory video, enlightening statistics about the breadth of those living without religion in the United States, and helpful resources for finding local communities, support, and additional information about secular humanism.
“We hope that this campaign speaks to those who doubt the claims of religion, but have not yet left religion behind, perhaps concerned about what they might be giving up,” said Ronald Lindsay, president and CEO of CFI. “We want them to know that there are millions of people just like them, leading lives full of love and wonder, with a deep feeling of connection to the world around them.”
According to a 2012 Pew survey, fully 20% of Americans are unaffiliated with any religion, with 6% (more than 18 million people) describing themselves specifically as atheist or agnostic. New data released this month from the American Religious Identification Survey by Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar at Trinity College, in conjunction with CFI, shows that nearly one third of college-age Americans identify as “secular,” as opposed to religious or spiritual. 70% of the secular group (as well as one third of the spiritual group) professed no religious affiliation at all.
The Living without Religion campaign officially kicks off Monday, September 30, 2013, when advertisements begin appearing on billboards, buses, bus shelters, and Metro dioramas in four of the regions where CFI maintains large, local branches: Indianapolis, Grand Rapids/Detroit, New York City/Harlem, and Washington, DC.
For media-specific resources, including images and specific locations of the campaign ads, visit http://LivingWithoutReligion.org/media.
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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. CFI‘s web address is www.centerforinquiry.net.
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