Atheist billboards

Atheist signage has been in the news lately, both in my hometown (Rancho Cucamonga, California!) and Olympia, Washington.  (So much for that whole Left Coast Liberal thing.)  In Cucamonga, the Freedom From Religion Foundation had rented a billboard, but the city received complaints and so they called the sign company to pressure removal of the sign.  Lawsuit! 

Meanwhile, in Olympia (ironic?), every religious group and their mothers have been hurrying to get a share in state-sponsored religion by erecting a religious display in front of the state Capitol Building.  They’ve got your baby godlings and menorahs up there, and now, the atheists have entered with a display of their own, a fancy sign that reads

There are no gods,
no devils, no angels,
no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but
myth and superstition
that hardens hearts
and enslaves minds.

So now even the atheists are saying, “Come on, seriously?  Is this meant to help our cause or piss people off?”  But I say, ‘Can’t we do both?”

I mean, if religious-types were getting offended and outraged by signs such as, “Don’t believe in God?  You’re not alone,” and, “Imagine no religion,” why not just go ahead and roll the sleeves back and show them what we really think?

I even love the use of the phrase “hardens hearts” because of its religious connotations.

I hope that this display in Olympia will do a couple things.  One, show religious types that we’re not afraid to speak out or ashamed of what we believe.  Two, mirror the offensive nature of religious speech, such as good old John 3:16 or any sort of Hell talk.  They need to understand what they do every time they practice free speech without regard for those who disagree (yes, it’s legal, I get that– it’s my point).  And three, I want atheists to be emboldened, yes, I say emboldened! to come out and be clear about what atheism means, what it does not, and engage in public dialogue with religious folks.  Heck, its even an opportunity to get the religious people scurrying to enact legislation to get all displays removed just so they can get the atheist one taken down.

Speak out!  Let’s show them what freedom of speech really sounds like.


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One Response to “Atheist billboards”

  1. Postman Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. The simple fact that we don’t believe in fairy tales sets them off to a frightening degree, so we might as well quit biting our tongues and walking on eggshells.

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