Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably at one point in time driven past a billboard with a message on it that was supposedly written by God. You know the ones I’m talking about? All black with white letters saying something witty like “What part of YOU SHALL NOT don’t you understand?” or something along those lines. Have you ever wished there was someone out there putting up something to counter those annoying non-ads? Well, now there is:
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is the nation’s largest association of atheists and agnostics, is unveiling what is believed to be one of the first nontheistic billboards erected in Madison, Wis.
The whimsical full-color 48-foot billboard mimics a stained-glass window and warns, “Beware of Dogma.”
“We are launching a campaign to place freethought billboards up around the country, wherever an irreverent billboard is needed—which is practically everywhere!” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, Foundation spokeswoman.
“We don’t go to Mass, but we can go to the masses,” adds Dan Barker, Foundation co-president. “We think it is time for the rest of us to use the mass media to counter the ubiquity of religious messages on roadsides everywhere!”
Not that I think a bunch of billboards is likely to change anyone’s mind anymore so than the God ones have changed mine, but it’s still somewhat neat to see our point of view being put out there as a counterbalance to all the theological messages thrown at us every day.
Hat tip to Atheist Revolution for the story link.