Military Humanists Get Last Laugh in Charity Drive
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is billed as the world’s largest workplace charitable campaign. It allows federal employees, including members of the US military, to allot donations from their paychecks to a variety of non-profit organizations. While “charity” can sometimes be stereotypically religious, the CFC allows government workers to donate to everything from the Family Research Council to Planned Parenthood.
Those who keep up with religious issues in the culture will immediately recognize the symbol of secular humanism, as epitomized by the logo of the American Humanist Association. “Imagine,” of course, is the militant secularist reference to John Lennon’s Imagine — which groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation like to quote: “Imagine no religion…”
In the end, no harm is done by what amounts to little more than an “inside joke” by humanists. In fact, many who are personally involved in the project probably have no idea they signed off on symbology with meaning.
Still, it would be interesting to see the reaction had the artwork incorporated what looked like a Latin cross, with the headline “Believe…”