FFRF launches secular billboard campaign.

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.

5 thoughts on “FFRF launches secular billboard campaign.

  1. It would be nice to see some billboards around like that, indeed… especially with all those bible bulletins littering the road-sides… “Believe on the lord yadda yadda…”

  2. I don’t think the campaign is very meant to change anyone’s mind.  To me, it’s more like a beacon to people that are skeptical to know that they aren’t alone and that there are others like them.  As an atheist in the South, I can tell you that sometimes being an atheist can seem very isolating.  You either pretend to fit in, or avoid other altogether…but not me!  I stand tall and proud and make sure that others know that I’m not ashamed of being rational!  The religious right has worked hard to demonize non-believers, but we have to stand up and show them that we are just normal people who don’t believe in fairy tales.

  3. Thanks for giving this billboard some more publicity. It seems to me a wonderful idea, and the message is positive. King Heathen is also correct in that hidden atheists need these obvious signs of support. Atheists are losing the battle of the signs, and this is a great step toward getting us back in the contest.

  4. Great to see signs like that, I look forward to seeing one here in Oklahoma City. Their are so many people here who live within the bindings of the “Good Book” they have no idea what they are missing..

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