We have a new billboard up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, part of the Center for Inquiry’s new campaign. It does nothing more than acknowledge the existence of happy non-religious people, saying, “Millions of Americans are living happily without religion.” Predictably, even that mild message has sparked outrage in some circles. Some guy named Conrad, an afternoon DJ on a country station, put up a fevered post on their website that is pretty darn funny to read:
WOW: Atheists On The Offensive To Takeover During SHUTDOWN!?…
I was kind of SHOCKED..wondering Why Now?! Because Christmas is just around the corner?! Or is it because people are unsure during the Federal Goverment Shutdown and they think we are weaker?
Yeah, logic isn’t your strongsuit, is it? What the hell does it have to do with the government shutdown? Absolutely nothing. Does he think that we just whipped that thing up on the fly and reserved the space and got it put up on Monday? And who is this “we” that got weaker? Does he think we think that Christians are somehow weakened by the government shutdown? It’s just a bizarre, nonsensical connection to make.
WHY here in the most religious areas of the US? As a Christian..are you offended? They seem to be friendly from the look of this billboard…but Jenny from Zeeland emailed me to say ‘They should have a picture of the DEVIL instead!!’
Jenny from Zeeland is a moron. And so are you. Some of the commenters qualify as well:
Non-believers DO force their non-belief on us Christians by forcing us to NOT celebrate our beliefs in schools or on public displays. True freedom of speech would be to allow EVERYONE to voice their opinions wherever they like. This includes prayers in schools (if you don’t wish to participate plug your ears) Most Christians have become complacent and are afraid to stand up and share their beliefs… so sad
Any bets on how quickly his capitalized EVERYONE would shrink right up the moment they did a Muslim prayer in school and told his kids to plug their ears if they don’t like it? He’d lose his freaking mind over it, I guarantee.
I want to put up a billboard that says.. Im a Christian and I celebrate Christmas and i pray every day! Im if sorry that offends you! Have a blessed day!
Good for you. Have at it.
I think the reason that this is a ” big deal”, is that when we, as Christians, publicly show our faith, in a prayer at school, a nativity scene on our lawn, etc, WE are being offensive and TOLD we CAN’T do that and offend others– even though it is our FREEDOM to Worship/RELIGION . But, when the atheists put out a public display like this , even though WE might be offended, they call it their Freedom of Speech, and how DARE we take that away from them. I’m sorry, but that is NOT equal rights……………..
I get so tired of this reflexive persecution complex. The fact is there are dozens of Christian billboards in the area. I see them all the time. No one has ever or will ever try to prevent them from being put up. But this person is absolutely immune to facts and reason. They have a narrative and they’re going to keep repeating it no matter what the reality is.
Lets see, we can’t have Christian Christmas things on government property, public libraries, court houses, AND just who bitched about that? Surly not the atheist!! TAKE IT DOWN
Apparently the concept of a distinction between public and private property is completely lost on this person.
We are a country that was built on Christianity. If you don’t like, then leave!
How about no? Better yet, how about “go fuck yourself”?
A local Christian radio station posted about it on their Facebook page, too. The result was the same. There must have been 30 messages or more with a variation on the old “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship with Jesus” argument, which is disingenuous bullshit.
Maria Reich Rodriguez Sad. If it was a “promoting Christianity” billboard, it probably wouldn’t last a week up there.
Right. Like all those church billboards up around the city every day.
I saw it yesterday as I was on my way to serve at an international ministry. Gave me a sick feeling.
Mentioning the mere existence of non-believers gives you a sick feeling? I’d say you need some counseling.
Sad thought, if this billboard contained something racist instead of anti-religion, it would have been taken down immediately, if it even got put up to start with. Sad.
It doesn’t say anything even remotely anti-religion. These people really are quite dense.
Hummm CBS sign too. Communist Broadcasting Systems. It all fits.
Carla Bryan Anybody have an extra long extension ladder?
If (when?) the billboard gets vandalized, I think the police have their first suspect.