Join the FFRF’s Virtual Billboard Campaign

A few months ago, I mentioned the FFRF’s “Out of the Closet” billboard campaign, an effort to put a human face on atheists with ads showing that we’re normal, friendly people like everyone else. Today, I’m pleased to announce that the FFRF has expanded this project with a virtual billboard campaign on their website, allowing anyone to create a custom banner with an image and a quote of their choice. (See mine below, or see some of the staff picks on the FFRF website.)

As simple as it is, this may be one of the most effective things we can do to improve our public image and get our message out. The religious right has worked hard to spread poisonous stereotypes about who we are, what we stand for, even what we look like. By associating atheism with a friendly, smiling face that could be your friend or your neighbor, we go a long way toward counteracting those prejudices in the public’s conception and making people more likely to listen to what we have to say. If the spirit moves you, go make a billboard yourself, and join the growing horde of out-of-the-closet atheists!

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  • tak

    I recently came out as an atheist to a coworker with whom I’ve got a friendly rapport and she was amazed. I’m known as one of the more upbeat, caring and friendly people in my office and I told her: I think it is important to be open about my lack of belief because it shows that the stereotypes are untrue.

  • Alex

    I made mine when I received the email from FFRF a couple days ago. Wouldn’t thousands upon thousands of virtual billboards be an awesome site?

  • Alex

    …or even a sight. Both kinda work.

  • fin

    Thanks for linking to this. I’ve been wavering and considering going back to religion lately, but seeing all those billboards of confident, happy atheists has really inspired me. I can live a good and fulfilled life without ‘God’! Thanks!

  • John Cortesy

    The FFRF Albuquerque group is putting up some of the billboards. They had 10 or so last year. I am considering paying for a “vanity” billboard with my own face on it. I just have to decide what text to add.

  • kennypo65

    Great billboard Adam, but why is Jimmy Kimmel’s picture on it?

  • Rosemary

    Hi Adam. It’s nice to see you “out” at last. You have a very kind, intelligent and gentle face. Why have you hidden it for so long?