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!