Atheist Billboard in Madison, Wisconsin

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If you’re near Madison, Wisconsin tomorrow afternoon, keep your eye out for the first atheist billboard (above)! It’s being put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and can be seen “on the feeder road off the West Beltline next to Culver’s Restaurant, facing west.”

“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 want to reach 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!”



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  • http://www.jonstrong.net Jon Strong

    Hemant! Three quick things:

    Are you going to make it to the FFRF Annual Convention the weekend of October 13th in Madison? After your AAI pictures I want to see you there!

    After I came out to my mom she started reading a lot of apologetics. She’s reading your book now, and she’s given me good reviews.

    We can’t wait to hear you at CASH in Minneapolis next semester!

  • Colin

    Sweet! Though I have to wonder… how long till this gets vandalized?

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  • aaron

    good pun:

    “Beware of Dogma”

    bad pun:

    “We don’t go to Mass, but we want to reach the masses”

  • http://crazyrainbowunderwear.blogspot.com yinyang

    You know, I bet if forty of those were put up in Kansas, they would still be out-numbered by “I love Jesus” billboards. And, that’s just from what I’ve seen along I-70.

  • Vincent

    aaron,
    if you listen to the ffrf podcast, Dan makes a LOT of bad puns and bad jokes.
    Of course, it’s still a great podcast and they have amazing guests.
    Plus it’s on the radio if you get air america near you.

  • Diane

    When I was in Missouri this summer, the billboards didn’t even bother with the “I love” part. They just proclaimed “JESUS” and let me fill in my own verbs.

  • Richard Wade

    They just proclaimed “JESUS” and let me fill in my own verbs.

    Did you fill in the verbs by using a ladder and a spray can? I can think of several interesting verbs. Kathy Griffin had a good one. There’s a billboard near my home that says, “Fear God” in big white letters on black. Real catchy. Reminds me of the Borg: “Resistance is futile.”

  • valhar2000

    There will not get away with this in a million years! Who in their right mind would grant bill-board space to a group that has been associated with the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, Communists and the Holocaust (which may or may not have happened)?

  • Soop

    Sweet! I live in Madison. I think I’ll make a “pilgrimage” there this afternoon.

  • Jason

    Are they talking about religious dogma or Air America dogma?

  • stogoe

    Bad puns are my bread and butter. Anyone who advocates persecution of bad puns need to be re-educated on their value. As Shakespeare said,

    Get thee to a punnery!

  • HappyNat

    When I was in Missouri this summer, the billboards didn’t even bother with the “I love” part. They just proclaimed “JESUS” and let me fill in my own verbs.

    This makes me want to buy a billboard that just says, SATAN. It would be worth it to watch people freak out and want to take it down.

  • http://thelostalbatross.blogspot.com Emily

    I saw the billboard this morning on my way to work. Quite the bold move, and it made me smile. It’s brightly colored and highly visible, as it faces a high-traffic highway that a lot of people in this city and outside of it use for commuting. I’ll try to snap a picture of it sometime soon in its native environment.

  • http://midwesterngentleman.wordpress.com Midwestern Gent

    Here in Philly, we have a billboard on I-95 declaring “Jesus Christ is the ONLY Lord and Savior.” And I have to drive by it every day. Makes me want to buy equal space across the road for “Science is the ONLY true source of answers.”

  • Jelliah Windsworth

    I really like this. Makes me smile.

    :)

  • Mriana

    Oo! I wonder if they will let me borrow that banner to link to them? :D I LOVE IT!

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Hemant

    Hemant! Three quick things:

    Are you going to make it to the FFRF Annual Convention the weekend of October 13th in Madison? After your AAI pictures I want to see you there!

    After I came out to my mom she started reading a lot of apologetics. She’s reading your book now, and she’s given me good reviews.

    We can’t wait to hear you at CASH in Minneapolis next semester!

    I wish I could be there, but I’m sorry to say I won’t be able to come to FFRF’s convention!

    Yay for your mom!

    And I can’t wait to come to CASH next semester :)

  • Theo

    Was that the best that the FFRF could come up with? “Beware of Dogma”? Even “Beware of the Dogma” would have been better!

    Opportunity missed, methinks.

  • Mriana

    I still like it even so. It’s better than my thought when I deal with dogma- Yeah, well my catma will scratch your dogma. Yes, it’s sort of a poor joke, but the invisible fur on my back rises when I hear dogma. :lol:

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  • Ray

    This is stupid. Atheists insist the rest of the world rams religion down their throats, but isn’t this the same thing from a different view? Ramming anti-religion down everyone else’s throats? Hypocrites.

  • Don

    Isn’t this dogma?

  • Mriana

    I don’t know. I don’t see how a shot of atheism into society is going to hurt anyone. Some people really need it. A healthy dose of doubt and skeptism never harmed anyone.


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