Atheist Satellite Channel
This is a copy of an email that we recently sent to Richard Dawkins in order to gather support for organizing and setting up an atheist satellite to try to counteract the “God Channel” and it’s dishonest, sickening broadcasting content. Has anyone out there seen their recent fund raising activities entitled “Mission Week” ? If not then I would advise them to check it out.
It is about time we rational thinkers did get organized and not, like Richard so accurately put it, behave like cats and wallow in our individualism. Something organized needs to be done soon and we would like to stand up and say that if anyone out there is in agreement with the principal of a an atheist satellite channel then please get in touch with us, now!
If the “God Channel” can do it and succeed in broadcasting their fairy tales to the world, (and to get millions of dollars in return to fund an even more extensive infrastructure) then why can’t we? We have a message of reality to get across and again as Richard has said there are millions of atheists out there that need to have the confidence “come out”. It is time we attempted to reach the world with the “gospel” of real truth based on evidence, humanism and simple common sense.
Yes it is a big task, but it is possible with the desire, efficient business like planning and financial backing.
“ Dear Richard…
We will get straight to the point. Have just been checking out the “God Channel” and witnessed their fraudulent attempts to get money to support their infrastructure (and their personal lifestyles). As committed atheists we find this obscene and would like to do something to counteract this global confidence trick on the weak-minded.
Surely one of the best ways to fight against it is to attempt to set up a rival satellite station spreading the word of rationality and the facts, which you so brilliantly describe in your excellent book “The God Delusion”. It is probably one of the most important pieces of literature ever written and we believe that its message should be available to as many people as possible worldwide from all religious denominations as well as the numerous atheists that have not come out yet.
We take your point that getting us atheists organized is difficult, but not impossible especially if we have a detailed plan of action and an organized group to put it into practice. Yes, it will be difficult, but if a group of mentally deluded (or are they just very, very clever illusionists driven by well-established marketing principles ?) people can succeed in such a venture then surely we atheists can. We, by our very beliefs based on scientific facts, are intelligent thinkers, and should be able to organize such a channel and all the other publicity methods required to get this true message across, for example, getting “The God Delusion” into all school libraries.
This has to be done, in our opinion, in a very serious business-like way in order for it to succeed. There is probably no more important message to get across in order to break the disproportionate stranglehold that all religions have on everyone’s life. It is about time its special status was challenged using the same tools as they use.
Firstly, we need a committed group of like-minded individuals who can formulate such a plan in detail. Yes, it does need some huge financial investment, but there must be very rich atheists out there who would be willing to come on board, however, they would understandably want to see business-like organization to formulate this plan before donating funds and indeed getting involved themselves.
We are totally committed in investigating and organizing this plan and would be interested in your thoughts. We do appreciate that you do have many commitments that might restrict your involvement but cannot emphasize enough the importance of someone like yourself who possesses such intelligence, compassion and the interest of humanity at heart, to be involved at the very centre of this idea.
We hope that you get this email among the many that you must receive and look forward to hearing from you. “
We have not had a response from Richard as yet but that is understandable considering the amount of emails he must receive. We enjoyed the video of him in discussion with you all on his tour of the US. Very impressed by your personal commitment, passion and (as always) the quality of the arguments.
We are passionate about the idea of setting up an atheist satellite channel and would like anyone to get in touch with us if they are willing to participate in such a project.
Paul & Jane