Freedom From Religion Foundation Puts Up 20 Billboards in Florida

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is going billboard-crazy in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida this month, putting up 20 ads around the area (at a cost of $3,500):







FFRF’s newest message, showing the face of a penny saying “In Reason We Trust,” is debuting in Tampa. The Foundation points out that “In God We Trust” is a johnny-come-lately, adopted as a motto by Congress during the McCarthy era in 1956. The original secular motto, “E Pluribus Unum” (From Many [come] one”) was chosen by a committee of Jefferson, Adams and Franklin.

“To be accurate, the religious motto would have to say ‘In God Some of Us Trust,’ and wouldn’t that be silly?” said Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. She pointed out that the nonreligious is the largest-growing segment of the population by religious identification, at 15%.

Several of the colorful billboards have a “stained glass window” motif.

“We want our billboards to be attractive, since our messages are controversial, and freethinkers like stained glass as much as the religious do. But we’d also like to create a little cognitive dissonance. Wouldn’t it be something if you saw this message, ‘Imagine No Religion’ or ‘Sleep in on Sundays,’ in a church?” asks Gaylor.

The more, the merrier, when it comes to these billboards.

They’ll only stop going up when the news media stops making a big deal about them. That’s not about to happen, so the billboard blitz continues.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    Should I buy stock in spay-paint manufacturing companies?

  • http://scientificallyminded.com Anthony

    I would have liked to see the “Don’t Believe in God? You’re Not alone” billboard used more often, but these are pretty good.

  • Houndies

    I support these guys 1000%! I just wonder how long these billboards will remain damage free from the crazed xtians.
    @Jeff P: I’d say buying stock in krylon would be a safe bet.

  • Doug

    I am going to see what we can do about getting this many here in Dallas. We have a lot of Atheist here I am sure we could get the money together for something like this.

  • PapaJay

    I love the new “In Reason We Trust” penny.

  • Steve

    I really like “In Reason We Trust”. Jefferson et al really thought that God gave them reason to understand him and the world. And everything they did in politics was influenced by the Enlightenment movement.

  • Edmond

    TWENTY?! Ha! Vandalize THAT!

  • Luther

    Wouldn’t it be something if you saw this message, ‘Imagine No Religion’ or ‘Sleep in on Sundays,’ in a church?” asks Gaylor.

    How about “Sleep on Sunday” in church.

    The world would be just a bit better if more slept in church on Sunday

  • Aaron

    The over/under is 6 vandalized by midnight Monday. Any takers?

  • bullet

    From the article:
    “Cities coming up on the Southern rotation: New Orleans, Atlanta and Louisville.”

    There’s been a COR billboard up for months in New Orleans and no one has said a word about it. NOSHA put ads on the streetcars during Mardi Gras and, again, almost no coverage by the local media.

    Instead of New Orleans, they should hit the bordering parishes – St. Tammany, Jefferson and Tangipahoa. That would stir up some shit and give New Orleanians a chance to bash the backwards outer parishes – an activity of which they NEVER tire.

  • Roxane

    I love it! One billboard, and we’re just some odd kooks, and a little vandalism settles our lunch. Twenty, and it’s harder to blow us off as a fringe.

  • http://deviatehulk.blogspot.com Keith

    Aaron:

    Only 6? I’ll take a piece of that action. Give Florida some credit, it is America’s wang after all. (I live in Texas, to be fair, the twig and berries of the bible belt, so…yeah.)

  • http://www.atheistatom.com Atheist Atom

    the Texas billboards were untouched

  • http://yetanotheratheist.net Yet Another Atheist

    What pisses me off are the comments (on other non-atheist blogs) where people say, “Well, why don’t they use that money to feed starving children or help poor people?”

    Uh, because that’s not what they do. Do they also complain that the ACLU doesn’t feed starving children or help the poor? No, because the ACLU isn’t under the insane expectation that they’re supposed to compete with religion organizations and therefore mimic their charitable work.

    That said, I love these billboards, especially the penny one.

    Except it should be “In Reality We Trust”.

  • http://deviatehulk.blogspot.com Keith

    “the Texas billboards were untouched”

    Which both surprises and thrills me to no end. I was just making a “fair is fair” dick joke. I’m 12 on a good day.

  • Brandon

    What pisses me off are the comments (on other non-atheist blogs) where people say, “Well, why don’t they use that money to feed starving children or help poor people?”

    It’s at this point that you should point out how you could feed all of Indo-China by pawning any given item from the Pope’s wardrobe.

  • Dan W

    Great billboards. I wonder how long it’ll be before some of them are vandalized.

  • http://www.correntewire.com chicago dyke

    i’m pretty sure the bibble has more passages about feeding poor kids than the Atheist Manifesto. but for some reason, we feed more poor kids in actuality than they do. anyway…

    i wish i had a million dollars, cause i’d spend a lot of it on billboards and free stickers with my fav atheist slogans. “nothing fails like prayer” and “everyone is an atheist, except for one or three gods.” i saw that on a tire cover once, in IN no less. that guy had Stones.

  • http://chunkymonkeymind.blogspot.com/ Palaverer

    The comments on that article make my head asplode. Unbelievable the tripe that these people believe about atheists. I can’t . . . I just can’t.

  • http://thinkasap.wordpress.com thinkASAP

    Cheers! I love the penny one.

  • AxeGrrl

    I just heard about this great bumper sticker the other day:

    Born Right The First Time

    :)

  • GSW

    IN TRUTH WE TRUST (Reason has never really caught on).

  • Kai

    I still like this one the best:

    One Nation, Indivisible.

    I don’t think anyone would really disagree with it, and it has the benefit of highlighting how the switch to “under God” actually divides us.

  • AJPIII

    I Do Not Practice Believing!

    God is Dead, Again…

    Tolerance Includes Religion not vice versus…

    Follow up the billboards with fliers, mailers and a barrage of messages. If we rival Geico & Progressive commercials perhaps the mainstream will get the point!

  • HeathenAngel

    Having just moved to Florida, from Ohio.. I am very happy to see this happening. I’d like to see more of it in my area. If there’s anything that anyone knows of, persons I can contact or what have you, I’d like to do what I can to help that happen.

  • momintum

    Whatever sky-fairy currently popular at the time has been force fed by zealots, manipulators, charlatans, and assorted egomaniacs, down the throats of humanity for thousands of years. The basic memes for cultural preservation that involve religious dogma have served their purpose. The myths and superstitions that have “hampered” the progressive and positive elements of society are disappearing as reasonable inquiry replaces blind faith. Emotional hype and frenzy along with overreaction to situations based on some concept of the imagination has shown society over the centuries and even today the mistakes of combining religion with politics. Many people are simply waking up to the negative effects religions contain and like some contagion…effects the gullible and unwary.

  • Stephen P

    They’ll only stop going up when the news media stops making a big deal about them.

    And if there’s any risk of that happening, it’s easy enough to gain attention again.

    - “Aren’t you a bit old for an imaginary friend?”

    - “Why does your church need a lightning conductor?”

    - “Is the Lord your shepherd? Beware of Sunday lunch.” (With a picture of a plate of lamb chops and mint sauce.)

    All right, writing advertising copy isn’t my area.

  • muggle

    Nice!

  • gus in mex

    And if there’s any risk of that happening, it’s easy enough to gain attention again.

    - “Aren’t you a bit old for an imaginary friend?”

    - “Why does your church need a lightning conductor?”

    - “Is the Lord your shepherd? Beware of Sunday lunch.” (With a picture of a plate of lamb chops and mint sauce.)

    All right, writing advertising copy isn’t my area.

    damn well should be those are great!

  • Tammie

    “August 12th, 2010 at 9:36am
    Follow up the billboards with fliers, mailers and a barrage of messages. If we rival Geico & Progressive commercials perhaps the mainstream will get the point!”

    Just out of curiosity, what, exactly is the point y’all are trying to get across??

  • muggle

    Gus, you should be! I love those!

  • “slept. he said slept. huhhuhuhhuhuhu”

    “The world would be just a bit better if more slept in church on Sunday”
    and the xians could savor the jump in the all-holy “procreation”…

    “i’m pretty sure the bibble has more passages about feeding poor kids than the Atheist Manifesto”
    atheist manifesto? never heard of that. is there any juicy bloody child-torture in it? mass stonings? people getting burned alive? or is it just some boring intellectual junk?

  • Carlos Eduardo

    The Christian Reaction: http://bit.ly/dq89Ko


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