I am creating a series of printed atheism materials to be distributed in response to the deluge of theist propaganda. This will include pamphlets, flyers, brochures, bumper stickers, billboards, T-shirts, posters, coloring books, etc., and a new website where visitors can learn more.
My goal with these materials is not to make a profit, but to promote reason and rational thought. They will be available online to download free or for printing cost+shipping.
There are already some of these materials available online, but most of them are poorly designed and meant to be downloaded and printed at home with a cheap inkjet. As a professional photographer with lots of design experience, I want to create a line of professional, attractive, and compelling materials.
I will set up booths at events like fairs, festivals, concerts, etc. (anywhere the theists establish their presence) to hand them out and answer questions, just like the theists do. I already know someone will make the argument that by handing out materials at events like the theists, I will be lending legitimacy to their claims that atheism is a religion. My response would be that MADD is there handing out materials against drunk-driving, the EPA is there handing out materials against littering and pollution. Spongebob is there handing out balloons. Are they religions? If not believing in a god is a religion then not playing chess is a hobby.
The content of these materials will cover topics such as: "Why Religion is Harmful", "Why God is Imaginary", "Why Atheists Do Not Worship Satan", "Who Are Atheists", "The Founding Fathers Were Not Christian" and others.
Some of them will be humorous, shedding light on the ridiculous nature of religion. Others will adopt a serious, cautionary tone, such as detailing how so-called Christian Scientists cause death by forgoing medical care for prayer.
The materials will direct readers to the newbsite I will be creating if they would like to learn more. From that website they can find links to other atheist websites including this one, as well as purchase atheist books by Dawkins, Hitchens, and others. Any profits from the website will help pay for the cost of maintaining the website, and maybe putting up billboards and bus signs if there's enough revenue. We will also accept donations towards those goals.
I would like to ask if anyone would be interested in helping me write or design some of these materials, or helping create and maintain the website. I already have a great design layout for the website, and a server with plenty of space and bandwidth to host it. What I'm really hoping to find is some content writers and maybe some help creating templates for the printed materials.
I am also looking for people who would like to help spread the message. I want to find volunteers who would be interested in setting up their own booths at events in their cities and handing out my materials, as well as selling the T-shirts, posters, etc., to pay for the cost of the booths.
I will create a list of topics that I would like to create material for. If you are willing and able to write a clear and intelligent presention for that topic I'll put your name beside it. If two people would like to collaborate on one topic together that's fine.
|Topic||Content Focus||Presented by|
|The Founding Fathers Were Not Christians||Seperation of church and state, Godless constitution||Joe Bowers|
|Why Religion is Harmful||Negative effects on society and individuals||Available|
|Why God Is Imaginary||Flawed Bible, Complete Lack of Evidence||Available|
|What Your Church Doesn't Tell You||Slavery, rape, baby-bashing, animal sacrifice in the bible||Available|
|What is Atheism||Who Are Atheists, How Atheism is not Devil-worship||Available|
|Can You Be Good Without God?||Morality is evolutionary, not devine||Available|
|Evolution vs. Creation||Observable science vs. fairy tales, why ID shouldn't be taught in schools||Available|
The standard pamphlet will be a single sheet, trifolded, which makes 6 panels for content. The front cover will be mostly graphics and titles, which leaves 5 panels, so there is a lot of flexibility in the type and amount of content each one can have. Consider the use of photos, statistical charts, quotes, snippets from other sources, lists, etc., to add a visual flair.
Some of these topics may overlap a bit and be merged together. If you have ideas for others, please suggest them, I will add them to the list.