NEW YORK (CNN) -- Some New Yorkers may want to reconsider exclaiming "Thank God" when arriving at their destination subway station beginning Monday. Or at least that's what a coalition of eight atheist organizations are hoping, having purchased a month-long campaign that will place their posters in a dozen busy subway stations throughout Manhattan.
The advertisements ask the question, written simply over an image of a blue sky with wispy white clouds: "A million New Yorkers are good without God. Are you?"
On October 26, a dozen bustling New York City subway stations will be adorned with the ads as "part of a coordinated multi-organizational advertising campaign designed to raise awareness about people who don't believe in a god", according to a statement from the group, the Big Apple Coalition of Reason.
I think it's ironic that atheists are actually lagging behind Christians... in the fundamentalist department. It's so natural (and sad) to mirror your "enemy" - to become what they are.
One of the key motives of this group is to raise awareness among the general public about atheism itself: that it's a viable option. And I think this is a healthy thing. Too many people subscribe to religion because it somehow equates to being a good person, being a patriotic American, being a savvy politician... these are not good reasons to call oneself Christian or any other religion for that matter. The sooner "religion" means something more than cultural affiliation or family ties, the sooner religions can be free to identify themselves by what they are rather than where they are.