On the O Project’s list of ways to support the Project’s aims is the suggestion to “be less modest about doing things because you are a humanist, for example, if you are ever interviewed by your local radio or newspaper about charity or community work you are invovled in, don’t be afraid to mention that a motivation was your non-religious ethics (if true!)”
In perhaps a similar vein (although not exactly what I had in mind), when American comedienne Kathy Griffin won a creative arts Emmy last weekend for her hit program “My Life on the D-List”, Commondreams.org reports that she remarked that “a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus… This award is my god now.”
The website adds that the Roman Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called her remarks “vulgar, in-your-face-brand of hate speech” and the Academy of Television Arts& Sciences (which oversees the Emmy awards) decided that they would cut the “offensive” elements before broadcast.
Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists responded that “Celebrities can go on national television to ‘thank’ Jesus, or Allah, or Scientology for their success, but an Atheist cannot make an honest and forthright statement that their success came from developing their talents and working hard.”
American Atheists are now urging people to contact the Awards to complain about the decision.
You can now see the offending speech on Youtube