Which is your Favorite Atheism Billboard?

by Luke Muehlhauser on December 20, 2009 in General Atheism

I think pro-atheism billboards are a brilliant idea.

A Christian billboard barely makes a mark because the culture is so saturated with Christianity already. But an atheistic billboard can present a simple thought to hundreds or thousands of in-the-bubble believers who have never, ever considered the fact that they are surrounded by millions of moral, happy atheists.

A billboard is a great way to reach people who will never pick up an atheistic book, never see a TV show interview with an atheist, and never visit an atheist website. Everybody sees billboards.

In this post, I collected as many pro-atheism billboards as I could find. Which do you think is the best? Which ones might have the best effects?

billboard want a better worldbillboard keep religion out of politics

billboard imagine no religionbillboard don't believe in godbillboard beware of dogmabillboard being a good person doesn't require godbillboard are you good without god

billboard all religions are fairy tales

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Lorkas December 20, 2009 at 7:28 am

Looks like the first and last are the same billboard.

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foolfodder December 20, 2009 at 8:09 am

The “Please don’t label me” one can be found here: http://www.humanism.org.uk/billboards

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Eric December 20, 2009 at 9:35 am

The “Keep Religion out of Politics” billboard isn’t pro-atheism. Indeed, many religious folks would agree with it.
The same could be said for the “Are You Good Without God? Millions Are” billboard (assuming it to mean, “Are You Good Without *Belief in* God?”), though this one at least does address the few theists out there who still think that belief in god is a necessary condition for living a moral life.

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Kip December 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

I like the Florida sign:

Being a good person doesn’t require God.
Don’t believe in God?
You are not alone!

It’s two strong messages on 1 sign. More bang for the buck. I’ll recommend that to DFWCOR for next time they put up a billboard.

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dbassett December 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

The only one I really like is “Want a better world? Prayer not required”

I believe it’s the only one that has a chance of giving theists a moment of pause to consider their beliefs.

The ones that directly attack religion, the FFRF and Fairy Tales billboards, are just going to turn off theists and put them on the defensive, mostly because they lack any substance beyond the attack.

The “You are not alone” category aren’t directed at theists and I suspect most will just ignore them. That’s not to say that they aren’t important, I just don’t think they’re making a statement beyond “Join us!”

I hate the Florida one because it’s so badly designed and difficult to read.

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lukeprog December 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

foolfodder,

Yeah, I saw that one, but I want shots of the actual billboards.

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rhys December 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I dig ‘em all.

Atheism ftw!

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Lynn December 21, 2009 at 4:14 am

I like “All religions are fairytales”-except restate it
“What if all religions are fairytales?”

That would have influenced me as a Christian cause I was tending in that direction anyway.

I also like “Prayer not required.” I’ve actually heard a Christian question if prayer makes any sense. I think prayer is a very common and very vulnerable area.

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SteveK December 21, 2009 at 10:59 am

Lynn,
Ideas, thoughts, inspiration, teachings, etc often come to us via conversation so prayer makes a lot of sense in that respect.

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Omgredxface December 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Where the heck are these…I always feel alone when all the rediculous christian signs everywhere.
WTB more Atheist signs in mid america!

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VishalPrasad December 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I get really uncomfortable with images of comforting texts floating on top of images of clouds: clouds are such a cliche motif that is used as filler to replace profundity and emotional depth. It is a vulgar and unaesthetic image, and I hope that we can do better stylistically than that.
I encourage everyone to avoid this trap.

“Keep Religion out of Politics”

I’m worried about this one. This statement (depending on how it is clarified) could be an anti-secular position. Being secular is far more important than being an anti-theist. If you say that religious people cannot comment AS RELIGIOUS PEOPLE, then you provide a network of pre-approved positions for people to take on serious issues (like abortion and euthanasia). That is unacceptable in a dialectic and democratic society, and is anti-intellectual and anti-secular.

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Mariano December 26, 2009 at 12:20 pm

It is hard to choose just one as they are all such great examples of well-within-the-box-atheist-group-think and one stop shops for demonstrating atheism’s illogicality and belligerence.
Many of these have been dissected at this link.

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I love God!!! February 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I hated this page! Its so lame! How can someone live without God? God is our creator, for crying out loud, and we are rejecting Him! Our world is becoming so superficial.
Yeah millions are good without God, but are they truly happy?
I love God, He is my dad and my creator and I thank Him for my life.
I love Jesus, I thank Him for dying on the cross for me.
I love the Virgin Mary, for being a great example and saying yes to God.
I love the saints, martyrs, angels, christians, and the Catholic Church.
I love being catholic and I am so proud of it!

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Trabaja February 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

God is my life!

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lukeprog February 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

These last two posts are from the same person. They sound like a Christian spambot or something.

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