Billy Ray Cyrus Scared of Atheist Sign

Somewhere on the list of topics I rarely discuss on this site much is Hannah Montana. But that’s about to change now that singer Billy Ray Cyrus has told GQ about how his relationship to daughter Miley Cyrus has strained and how his life is falling apart.

He should’ve seen it all coming:

“Somewhere along this journey,” he says, “both mine and Miley’s faith has been shaken. That saddens me the most.” When they first came to Hollywood for Hannah Montana, the two of them would drive down the freeway together to the studio each morning, and every day Miley would point out the sign that said

ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY
ATHEISTS UNITED

Just before moving out to Los Angeles, the whole family had been baptized together by their pastor at the People’s Church in Franklin, Tennessee. “It was Tish’s idea,” he remembers. “She said, ‘We’re going to be under attack, and we have to be strong in our faith and we’re all going to be baptized…’” And there, driving to work each day in the City of Angels, was this sign. “A physical sign. It could have easily said ‘You will now be attacked by Satan.’ ‘Entering this industry, you are now on the highway to darkness…’”

Do you really see it in such clearly spiritual terms — that your family was under attack by Satan?

“I think we are right now. No doubt. There’s no doubt about it.”

And why is that happening?

“It’s the way it is. There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, ‘This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together…’ and look what it’s turned into.”

So the sign that says atheists not only exist but are helping clean up litter on public roads was an indication to Billy Ray that he was about to be attacked by Satan?

Yep. That’s pure evil right there…

This is how religion brainwashes you. Here is a perfect example of decent people helping their community, but all he sees are people out to destroy his life because they don’t worship a particular deity.

It’s silly, really. When money and worldwide celebrity mix together the way it has for his family, it’s hard to believe Jesus would’ve made everything better. There’s no need to blame the atheists for any of his problems.

(Thanks to Brice for the link)

  • http://www.roynatian.com Roy Natian

    This is hilarious! I live a minute from that sign. It’s the Glendale 2 FWY.

  • Thaddeus

    So a section of highway sponsored by atheists means that Satan is attacking you? The wholes in that logic are staggering.

  • http://chandays.blogspot.com Larry Meredith

    Omg that gave me a good laugh. It’s pretty funny that a sign simply stating that an atheist group is helping out by cleaning litter makes it the “highway of darkness” and is a symbol of how Satan is going to attack you. Yeah… I’m sure those evil atheists with their helpful attitudes are really just trying to send Satan chasing after your car down the highway.

  • MrCheese

    Roy Natian, I think you need to make large sign of your own and place it on that road. Preferably a large image of Satan and the words “I’m watching you, Billy Ray.” underneath.

  • Zac

    It’s most funny because his daughter is a dirty skank.

  • mkb

    I think that it is sad, not funny.

  • Narvi

    Oh no! They’ve figured out our DEVIOUS schemes! Code red! Code red! Deploy the invisible pink unicorns!

    Seriously, how crazy do you have to be?

  • dartigen

    I’m not getting the logic.
    Atheists adopted a highway = attack from Satan?

    What if it was the local mosque who adopted the highway? Or a pagan group? Then what would he say?

    I still don’t see why people are so afraid of atheists. We’re the least likely to cause serious problems for the world. (Maybe it’s jealousy, seeing as most atheists I meet seem to be pretty affluent and successful people.)

    (OT, but I wish we had an adopt-a-road program here in Australia. While the suburbs are usually ok there’s litter EVERYWHERE on the side of rural roads.)

  • nicole from australia

    O…M…G…totally goes to show how completely screwed up the religious are…*shakes head* mr cyrus needs to be more concerned about whats going on in his family than what a few enlightened people are doing cleaning up a hwy

  • http://chandays.blogspot.com Larry Meredith

    The picture Hemant posted is COMPLETELY misleading.
    Clearly THIS IS THE SIGN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT.

  • Alex

    Skank or not, at least it appears that Miley is a bit more open-minded than he is! And apparently smarter, but given the drivel he’s spouting, I could say the same about my goldfish.

  • Samiimas

    Yeah his daughter is drifting away from him because of Atheists and Satan, not because he made a fortune selling her to the Disney corporation like an old testament farmer trading his daughter for a new cow.

  • Liz

    I wonder if Miley is an atheist. Her being so interested in the sign each day might have lead to questioning atheism. I’m sure if I were in her situation my parents would look for something stupid to grasp onto and blame. Oh wait, they still do…all the time.

  • Goodman

    This shows pretty meager and shallow faith if all you can do is blame Satan for a road sign and then say it’s affecting your belief in God. Let’s get real “Christian”.

  • http://1minionsopinion.wordpress.com 1minion

    It’s mind-boggling how weird people can be. You’d think he’d think Satan was the industry that has lured his daughter into the lifestyle she’s promoting but no, it’s somehow the fault of atheists who dislike litter?

    Crazy.

  • http://selfra.blogspot.com dantresomi

    so all i have to do to end Justin Beiber’s career is find out where he drives so i can post up signs such as this? kewl

  • JohnMcD

    Seems reality is too much for his ache-y break-y brain.

  • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com Custador

    “Bily Ray Cyrus is an idiot!” is the news equivalent of “Dog bites man!” – Not. Shocked.

  • Jamssx

    I’ve always wanted to see someone at one of these film or music award ceremonies stand up and thank Satan the Prince of Darkness. Oh wait wasn’t that Ricky Gervais the other week..? ;)

  • Jennifer Turner

    Under attack from Satan? At least now he knows how the rest of feel about hearing “Achy Breaky Heart”.

  • Silent Service

    It’s most funny because his daughter is a dirty skank.

    So a young girl doing what lots of young people her age do is a dirty skank for doing so. Brilliant reasoning. Girl paries and has fun; she must be some kind of nasty skank because she’s not doing it with you, Zac. Tall me, did you have a point you were trying to make?

  • Rober2

    Zac: You’re a douchebag. While BRCyrus is obviously and completely wrong and/or stupid, his daughter has nothing to do with it. In fact, calling someone a skank is completely contrary to what atheism should be about. Deriding people for the way they dress or act is what religions do, but it isn’t really any of our business.

    Edit: Ninja’d.

  • Bob

    Fame is capable of ruining adult lives, let alone the lives of children – moreso when the only defense against the assault on their selves/values is a sprinkling of water and belief in God.

    It’s not a magic formula, people.

    And, Billy Ray, really? Who has had more contact and guidance with Miley? You, or a sign on the highway?

  • http://www.sketchsepahi.com SketchSepahi

    It always astounds me that the mere existence of atheists is so offencive and frightening to people. However, I kind of get it. Just the fact we exist disproves conclusively the existence of an almighty entity with a desire for humans to believe in it. Believers are, at the deepest level, keenly aware of that and need an outlet to diffuse the steamed up pressure of their cognitive dissonance. This is where platitudes such as “atheists just want to sin,” “there are no atheists in foxholes,” “atheists are in league with Satan,” or even “atheists lack a sensus divinitatis” or “the ability to print colour” come in. Believers have to dehumanize or belittle us to justify their irrational beliefs.

  • Bob

    @Silent Service:

    So a young girl doing what lots of young people her age do is a dirty skank for doing so. Brilliant reasoning. Girl paries and has fun; she must be some kind of nasty skank because she’s not doing it with you, Zac. Tall me, did you have a point you were trying to make?

    I suspect Zac’s only point was that Ms. Cyrus is not the paragon of virtue that her father would make her out to be (or believe her to be), and not to imply that such behaviors are an immediate lifetime membership in the dirty skank club.

  • http://religionsetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Joshua Zelinsky

    Well, ok. Simple response: don’t buy any of his music. That was easy. Wait, does anyone buy any of his stuff now? Isn’t he just a washed-up had been?

  • Cthuhlu

    So a section of highway sponsored by atheists means that Satan is attacking you? The wholes in that logic are staggering.

    Didn’t you know? Clean highways are the devil’s play things.

    Seriously though Cyrus is clearly living through his daughter since he had like one big hit and that was it. It would be interesting if Miley came out as an atheist. It would be even more funny if she came out as an atheist while working for Disney. I can just hear the righteous indignation coming from the religious fundies over that. I mean the same people that complain about the gay day at Disney World

  • Nick

    It’s funny, the religious nutters who watch tbn just gobble this stuff up too.

  • Claudia

    @Larry, LOL, nice. Your creation?

    Yes Billy, your strained family life is all the fault of Satan and his representatives on Earth, who deviously disguise themselves as civic minded atheists caring for our public spaces in order to avoid detection.

    Your family problems couldn’t possibly have to do with the fact that you took your daughter to hollywood to become a child star, in an industry known for destroying the psyches of children.

    I mean, it couldn’t possibly be damaging to a family at all to respond to crisis by giving interviews to GQ instead of, say, seeking family therapy.

    You are a bigot and a fool.

  • http://apostateangelica.wordpress.com Apostate Angelica

    That is… depressingly familiar. The rhetoric, I mean. In my time as an evangelical when I was younger, I came to realise how important paradolia truly is to the religious believer. You are taught to interpret the most innocuous of events in a manner that supports your predetermined faith system. If anything, I think it’s terrifying that humans are capable of such utter self-deception…

  • http://thishollowearth.wordpress.com/ Victor

    This is full on superstition. It is no different than believing in the “Evil Eye” or a Voodoo hex.

  • Caba

    I’m not surprised. It’s a common tactic a lot of parents use. They don’t want to take responsiblity for the fucked up-edness of their lives, or their childrens lives, so they find someone else to blame. He doesn’t want to admit that maybe his shitty parenting has caused some of his families problems. So yes, blame the atheists that have adopted a highway. Brilliant.

  • Silent Service

    I suspect Zac’s only point was that Ms. Cyrus is not the paragon of virtue that her father would make her out to be (or believe her to be), and not to imply that such behaviors are an immediate lifetime membership in the dirty skank club.

    Is Miley a paragon? No. Did anybody suggest that she was? No, not even Billy Ray (though I’m sure he wishes that she was). Any of that warrant calling Miley a skank? No. Relevance to the issue under discussion? Not much. If Miley were not rich and famous she’d probably be chucking bear bongs and a local community college and acting just as juvenile, but with less press attention and a cheaper wardrobe.

    Why some people idolize entertainment personalities is beyond me. Why some people have to demonize them is just as beyond me. It’s useless noise and adds nothing to the discussion. Zac’s comment wasn’t there to point out Miley’s flaws; it was just a sad character assassination and useless noise.

  • Brisco Darling
  • http://darwinsdagger.blogspot.com Darwin’s Dagger

    Yeah the father of the Smiley Virus was happy to take Disney’s money all those years he and his daughter were on that show, but now that there’s not any more money to be made he complains that it ruined his life. So it’s not surprising that he has to find another target to blame for his family’s problems. It’s not like he could admit that he sucks as a father.

  • Kristi

    What a shame they are too chicken to see the actual good portrayed in that sign. All it means is that they “adopted” the highway and gave to the community. It may be hard to grasp for some theists, but us atheists actually DO do some good things.

  • Kristi

    lol@ Merideth. Awesome sign. Can I get on of those for my driveway?

  • Bob

    @Silent Service:

    Why some people idolize entertainment personalities is beyond me. Why some people have to demonize them is just as beyond me. It’s useless noise and adds nothing to the discussion. Zac’s comment wasn’t there to point out Miley’s flaws; it was just a sad character assassination and useless noise.

    I still think you’re reading way too much into Zac’s comment. Perhaps it wasn’t the most useful or salient comment in the history of the site, but we’re always hearing how Gawd is necessary to lead productive, happy, good lives.

    And, again, we’re presented with an example that the people touting religion as the answer are just as fallible, and possibly more fragile, because belief without supporting reason is … useless noise.

  • http://virtualityforreal.blogspot.com/ Alankrita

    Satan: Attacking believers with garbage bags?

  • Alt+3

    Yeah us atheists are always up to some nefarious scheme or another. Today it’s picking up litter, tomorrow it could be a bake sale or a bottle drive. How long before one of these degenerates is collecting litter in YOUR neighborhood? Collecting YOUR non-perishable food items? Giving blood at YOUR hospitals? Do you think your family can afford the spiritual costs of being accosted with having these heathens volunteering among you?

    Satan has truly started a moral blitzkreig.

  • jewely

    srsly? he’s IN the biz himself (showbiz), for cryin’ out loud! achy breaky brain indeed!

    dang, he just went to the bottom of the ladder in my mind. possible red-neck? ya tink?

  • Adviser Moppet

    After reading this now I have highway to hell stuck in my head. I’ll be hearing it all day!

  • MrBusRider

    Billy Ray was not saying that the atheists cleaning up the road is what scared him. I think there is a difficulty communicating between atheists and believers because people like Billy Ray have an idea in their head and say it like everyone else is on there page (or they don’t want to lose their job in hollywood) and then atheists take it at face value and criticize “logic”, like Billy Ray was defending his dissertation not talking about his experiences in Hollywood. Hollywood is a strange place and the entertainment industry attacks the values that a lot of good people have, whether the believe in god, are religious or whatever. The attack on family values and the over sexualization of youth….like on his daughters show…(while simultaneous suppressing the foundations of genuine happiness, i.e. not just buy a bunch of shit you don’t need all the time)…thats what billy was upset about. He relates it to godlessness…you might relate to a lack of ability to rationalize the consequences of our collective actions. Either way, he saw this sign as a symbol of the god-less culture of hollywood. Atheists may want to disagree with me (idk, i’ve never met one…haha, jk) just because I believe reality is much more than what our limited senses have convinced us it is (trust me Im not going to try and justify myself by reading from the bible, or telling you your going to hell, honestly you’re probably not…if there is one) but the stuff that goes on in hollywood and in our entertainment is steering the country in an ugly direction. That’s what you should take away from this, not that Billy Ray uses over dramatic analogies without the balls to really criticize the entertainment industry he relies on.

  • Dez

    If this wasn’t about Billy Ray Cyrus, I would think it was an article in The Onion.”

    Pathetic isn’t a strong enough word…

  • http://www.stopjenny.com Eosine

    Well, if his daughter was a skank, then the sign and atheists clearly would be to blame. *gak*

    What a freak. I bet some of the nicest people he knows are atheists. And he hates people who volunteer to clean a patch of highway because he figures, without even KNOWING them, that they are evil?

  • Annie

    So, does Cyrus think Satan himself put up the sign… or is he implying that the DOT are Satan’s minions? Surely Satan himself didn’t have time to erect the sign… he’s too busy hiding fake dinosaur bones.

    A huge issue (for me) with organized religion is that instead of looking at how things went wrong and trying to learn and grow from them, one can simply blame it all on Satan.

  • Godlesspanther

    Maybe if there were no litterbugs there would be no atheists. This seems more logical than BRC’s hypothesis.

  • Revyloution

    @ Larry

    That was brilliant! Did you make that?

  • http://theotherweirdo.wordpress.com The Other Weirdo

    You know how it is. When you sally forth to do battle with Satan, first slipping on the Armour of Baptism(Defense +10, Intelligence -25), Satan ambushes you with cunningly placed highway signs about keeping the roads clean.

    People who look for Satan anywhere generally find him everywhere.

  • Whit

    I still think you’re reading way too much into Zac’s comment. Perhaps it wasn’t the most useful or salient comment in the history of the site, but we’re always hearing how Gawd is necessary to lead productive, happy, good lives.

    And, again, we’re presented with an example that the people touting religion as the answer are just as fallible, and possibly more fragile, because belief without supporting reason is … useless noise.

    But that point could have easily been made without the “dirty skank” comment. Women, from media icons to highschoolers have been shamed for expressing sexuality, told that it is dirty, that sleeping around or even being perceived to sleep around devalues them as people. A lot of that sentiment came from Puritanical or other religious value systems.
    There is nothing dirty or skanky about a young women exploring her sexuality, even if it is with several partners. Our virtues do not lie between our legs, thank you very much.

    Zac’s comment implied that Mr. Cyrus’ daughter was going something wrong, had sullied herself in spite of her father’s beliefs being taught as virtues.

    Say that she doesn’t follow biblical edicts of sexuality, say that she is hypocritical in suggesting an ideal way to live and for not following it.. But don’t you dare try to drag female sexuality through the dirt, then maybe wonder why atheism seems so mainly consist of white males.

    Yes, his comment was thoughtless, but the thoughtless assumption of a women’s lack of value after being ‘deflowered’ is problematic.

  • Claudia

    @Bob, if I may read into Whit’s explanation, it’s a little like saying “that’s so Gay”. It’s not like you really think that the person/object/concept being called gay IS gay. It’s not even (in some cases) that you even think being gay is bad. You take a word that you know to be insulting and you apply it to something or someone that you wish to make fun of. The problem is that in doing so you are reinforcing the bigotry that there is something wrong with being gay.

    When he called Miley a “skank”, Zac used a term that he knew to be insulting because he dislikes Miley or, more likely, her father. I’m betting he didn’t think of it so profoundly as to think “Yeah, a girl who sleeps with guys is terrible!”, but the societal rejection of female sexuality, especially young female sexuality, is still there.

    I hope that made some kind of sense. I also hope this is the last time I ever feel I have to defend Miley Cyrus. Ever.

  • SkeptiMommy

    This link between Atheists and Satan is baffling to me.
    I must have been mistaken all this time by thinking that Satan was one of those things, that as atheists, we just don’t believe in.
    Not sure how he’s made this link between us and a non-existent super villian.

    Actually, if Satan is the driving force causing atheists to adopt highways and clean up the environment, then he doesn’t seem so bad, really.

  • Mike

    I suspect Zac’s only point was that Ms. Cyrus is not the paragon of virtue that her father would make her out to be (or believe her to be), and not to imply that such behaviors are an immediate lifetime membership in the dirty skank club.

    Wait! There’s a club?? Why was I not told??

    If Miley were not rich and famous she’d probably be chucking bear bongs and a local community college and acting just as juvenile, but with less press attention and a cheaper wardrobe.

    It is now my life goal to see a “Bear Bong!” That must be awesome!!

    On a … less silly… note, how much ego do you have to have to think that out of 6 billion people satan is personally attacking you?

  • Robert L.

    Oh no! You mean we made Miley an undeserved over-commercialised superstar? Whatever shall we do?! *makes the terrified face from Scream (the painting, not the movie)*

  • Claudia

    @Mike, well here you go.

    Actually, that’s not what mostly came up when I google-imaged the term, but my labmates were looking at me oddly so I closed the window in a hurry.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    Imagine if they had to actually see a picture of an atheist. Think of what damage would have been done to poor Miley Cyrus. Instead of being a messed up child star, she would have had become a serial killer, dropping babies out of a ten story hotel window for fun. Or worse yet, imagine if she had talked to an atheist. We would have our very own teenage Hilter. She would have taken over the country, and we would be invading Canada now for “lebensraum.”

  • Matt

    Highway to darkness?, when your daughter was making $30 million a year, you didn’t realize it was the high way to darkness then, but now that things aren’t going your way, you blame an atheist sign. Just take responsibility for your failure as a father “Billy ray Virus” and stop acting like the world is against you.

  • anon

    @ Alt+3:
    “Giving blood at YOUR hospitals?”

    Oh, my! You’ve just given True Believers(tm) another reason to fear us! We might *gasp* corrupt their pure blood with our godless red cells and plasma! Want to bet on how long it’ll be before somebody starts a “Christian blood bank” so they don’t have to worry about getting atheist/pagan/Muslim/Jewish/etc. blood? Save their life but endanger their immortal souls – can’t have that! :::head:desk:::

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    SkeptiMommy,

    It has been explained to me as follows from some evangelical Christians. (all evangelical Christians may not hold these exact premises)

    1. We are all going to hell unless we accept Jesus.
    2. The devil is real and in a race with God for our souls for some kind of big ultimate upcoming battle.
    3. The devil is quite crafty and can get people to do stuff even without them realizing it.
    4. The atheist proposition (including that the above points are just make-believe) serves the agenda of the devil. In fact, the devil may be making people atheists. If so, then atheists are tools of the devil (even if unwittingly).
    5. Therefore, atheists must be resisted just as the devil is resisted. For all practical purposes, they are one and the same.

  • Jon Peterson

    Funny how easily he could have avoided his fear and apprehension by looking to the left at the beautiful mountainside. Instead of freaking out about Satan, he could have been inspiring himself to write shitty “If it’s beautiful there’s no way it could possibly have happened without God, so let’s praise his glory, y’all!” songs.

    Perspective is delightful.

  • Digitus Impudicus

    I want to make a billboards that says
    “Dear Christians,
    BOO!
    Love,
    The Atheists”

  • http://shadowgm.diaryland.com Bob

    @Whit, Claudia:

    Thank you for your response. Claudia, yours made more sense than others, hadn’t looked at it that way.

    (And don’t feel bad about defending Miley – isn’t that the point? Reason dictated this was the right thing to do, rather than your happening to see a sign on the highway.)

  • bob Chernisky

    The sign is not evil, nor are the people who are helping to pick up the highway. i would also like to point out that Billy Ray Cyrus was not necessarily that these people or their actions are evil either.
    No, i think that he was merely saying that the sign reminds him that Satan is everywhere and that he will attack anyone who follows God actively. Like a string on a finger, this sign just serves as a reminder – it implies nothing else.

  • Jeff.B

    Everyone know that Jesus loves litter; by removing those rusty cans, you are doing the work of Satan. Simple logic…simple minds

  • Amber

    Someone earlier was saying they can’t figure out why people are so afraid of atheists. It’s because the church paints nonbelievers as instruments of satan. When I was going to church, that’s exactly what they did…like they made sure you were doubly cautious and guarded around atheists because they were even more dangerous than believers who didn’t know “The Truth.” It’s because the church realizes how big of a threat logic and reason is, so if you can paint nonbelievers as in cahoots with satan, it makes your job that much easier.

  • Slider33

    His head may have lost the mullet, but his brain still has one.

  • Aguz

    Hahahaha, oh wow…

  • psychman33

    Don’t you tell my brain, my achy breaky brain. I just don’t think it’d understand- *facepalm

  • Richard Wade

    I feel sorry for Miley. She’s just another child star used as a commodity. Young people used as income assets by others should be regarded with compassion.

    This bullshit of Billy Ray’s is nothing but contrived publicity seeking. If there’s anything inherently evil in Hollywood, it’s the idea that entertainers need to say anything or do anything to constantly keep their names in the media.

    Many decades ago the saying was, “I don’t care what they say about me, as long as they spell my name right.” Now it’s more efficiently expressed by the maxim “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

    I suspect that Billy Ray’s and/or Miley’s agents told them they need to refresh their exposure.

    Billy Ray:
    Now that you’ve told the world of your anguish, take Verdugo Boulevard to N. Verdugo Road, go south about 3 miles, and turn left on Mountain Street. Then you can get onto the Glendale Freeway southbound, and you will have missed Satan’s evil sign.

    Then your life will get better again.

  • http://www.decontentment.com Arron

    Oh my DOG that is soooooo stupid/funny. Uh, Billy Ray? Yeah, since atheists don’t believe in God it also means we don’t believe in Satan. I don’t know why I’m surprised, I mean did you hear “Achey Breaky Heart”? Not a lot of IQ in that there ditty. Let’s not fling stereotypes there Mullet Man, okay? I’ll pretend you don’t think that, as an Atheist, I “work” for Satan and am out to “get you” and I promise not to assume that since you’re from Kentucky that you don’t wish you could marry your daughter. Okay? Sorry for the snark.

  • Natasha

    I don’t know where “yall” are from, but living in the Bible Belt this doesn’t sound abnormal in any way what-so-ever. Most people down here think like this, every aspect of their lives is controlled by their religion (well, except the part about actually following the parts of their religion that they don’t want to). At least Billy Ray seems to have a “pastor-caliber” analysis of his family’s situation. Most people down here don’t even think that deeply (ever), so when they see something against their religion they just get angry, act on that anger, and then go have their pastors tell them what it means in a religious context so they can fit it in with the rest of their mindset.
    If there was a sign on the highway down here that mentioned Atheists in a positive light, it would get protested and taken down within months (if legally possible).

  • http://www.anthonyrmiller.com Tony

    Classic religion.
    It’s not my fault something is wrong. This is the work of god, the devil, outside forces, etc…

    Amongst my many issues with religion one of the top ones has to be that it teaches people not to take on personal responsibility.

  • Cthuhlu

    Hollywood is a strange place and the entertainment industry attacks the values that a lot of good people have, whether the believe in god, are religious or whatever. The attack on family values and the over sexualization of youth….like on his daughters show…(while simultaneous suppressing the foundations of genuine happiness, i.e. not just buy a bunch of shit you don’t need all the time)…thats what billy was upset about.

    Societal values change. None of us now would like Hollywood like it was back in it’s early days. You do know about the Hay’s movie code correct? He is the conservative christian that decided you couldn’t show a kiss longer than 2 seconds, you couldn’t make the bad guys at all sympathetic, you couldn’t show a cow being milked because that is way too sexual. Society changes and has become liberal. Do you really think we would all be better off if we went back to leave it to beaver time?

    Also to add but almost 100% of the time someone mentions family values and cries that they are being taken away they are using a holier-than-thou hypocrite. I am sorry, but we all do not have the same values. My family values are different than yours. So what you might want to say instead of family values is “traditional, white, middle class, heterosexual families, with the mom staying home and the dad being the only one to work.”

  • Anon

    BRC did not say Atheists were attacking him. Nor dis he blame them for his lack of faith in any way. *poof*

  • Silent Service

    chucking bear bongs

    That is absolutely my best typo ever. I have out done myself with my reliance on spell check. I’m going to be waiting for the day some clever engineer designs and builds a bear bong and uses it as a siege weapon.

    Thanks to Mike for calling me out on that beauty and thanks to everybody else for providing a better explanation that I could on why labeling Miley a skank really is inappropriate.

  • Silent Service

    Cthulu,

    Yes, that is exactly what they want to do. Go back to a day when June Cleaver was a real person. The problem is, Barbara is dead and June was never a real person.

    You are 100% right about Billy Ray being a hypocrite when talking family values. What Christian family value is expressed by selling your daughter’s developmental years to Disney?

  • Garrick S

    I know that sign very well! I passed it every day going to school and then, years later, going to work.

    I was always an unconfirmed atheist, but that sign caused me to investigate. I became an Atheist.

    Thank you Atheist United.

  • http://shadowgm.diaryland.com Bob

    @Anon:

    BRC did not say Atheists were attacking him. Nor dis he blame them for his lack of faith in any way. *poof*

    No, he just made a very loud assertion that he associates atheism and atheists – even when they’re sponsoring highway cleanup – with Satan.

    Furthermore, it was a question about his present circumstances that elicited the anecdote, so he is – albeit indirectly – blaming atheism/atheists for his troubles.

  • Ruf

    So the devil is attacking his family by sending atheists to clean up a section of road on his way to the studio?

    As cunning plans go, that’s right up there with attack chinchillas.

  • Nakor

    Clearly, he no longer believes that cleanliness is next to godliness.

    Alas.

  • ACN

    As cunning plans go, that’s right up there with attack chinchillas.

    I’d say all the way up there with:
    1) Steal underpants
    2) ???
    3) Profit.

  • Jon Peterson

    2) ???

    Ebay.

  • Nordog

    Billy Ray:
    Now that you’ve told the world of your anguish, take Verdugo Boulevard to N. Verdugo Road, go south about 3 miles, and turn left on Mountain Street. Then you can get onto the Glendale Freeway southbound, and you will have missed Satan’s evil sign.

    Heck, if you’re in that neighborhood, stop into ProItalia and check out some beautiful Ducati motorcycles.

    I still think the Ducati 1198S is proof that God is good and wants us to be happy, your milage may vary.

  • Lisa

    Well, that’s how it starts. Next thing you know those heathens will be walking little old ladies across the street.

  • Alex R.

    I’m not really surprised that Billy Ray said something this dumb. The guy did have a mullet, after all.

  • anon

    I used to live in the Bible Belt, and all too often I ran into evangelicals/Fundamentalists who honestly believed that if anything went wrong, it was because Satan was attacking them. Didn’t matter if (for example) it was their car not starting on a cold morning because the battery was ancient, they got a flat tire from running over a piece of metal on the highway, running out of gas, or whatever. Good stuff = god’s doing, bad stuff = Satan at work. Those types drove me nuts!
    Of course, *their own personal responsibility* couldn’t possibly have played a part in any of that. :::rolls eyes::: Imaginary friends aren’t a substitute for a good mechanic IMHO. Check your damn battery, watch out for road hazards, and fill your freakin’ gas tank when it gets low, people!

  • Bren

    This world just keeps on getting stranger and stranger. BRC should, perhaps, lay off the ‘satan sauce’ and do a bit of parenting. I suppose it’s easier to blame a nonexistent entity for his problems than to accept responsibility. It seems to me that that is all that religion does, provide a scapegoat.

    Ah, well, the “apocalypse” is supposedly only 12 months away LOL

    Best to all,
    B.

  • http://~ AxeGrrl

    Claudia wrote:

    @Bob, if I may read into Whit’s explanation, it’s a little like saying “that’s so Gay”. It’s not like you really think that the person/object/concept being called gay IS gay. It’s not even (in some cases) that you even think being gay is bad. You take a word that you know to be insulting and you apply it to something or someone that you wish to make fun of. The problem is that in doing so you are reinforcing the bigotry that there is something wrong with being gay.

    When he called Miley a “skank”, Zac used a term that he knew to be insulting because he dislikes Miley or, more likely, her father. I’m betting he didn’t think of it so profoundly as to think “Yeah, a girl who sleeps with guys is terrible!”, but the societal rejection of female sexuality, especially young female sexuality, is still there.

    I hope that made some kind of sense. I also hope this is the last time I ever feel I have to defend Miley Cyrus. Ever.

    hehe….great post Claudia :)

  • Noble 6

    You mean the guy who wrote “Achy Breaky Heart” is a moron?

    Next up:

    Klan members are racist and the Pope is Catholic.

  • Marsha in TN

    I grew up in Billy’s neck of the woods, his daddy was my state representative. His father also sang in a gospel group. In many ways Billy is just a small town southern boy who made it big. Not the brightest bulb on the tree but a good person. Even though he’s had all this success and money he’s still a product of his upbringing and probably not into deep thinking about much of anything. I do think Miley is more progressive and open minded, but given the fact that she’s had such success at an even younger age than her dad is not necessarily a good thing.

  • Marsha in TN

    FYI Billy didn’t write “Achy Breaky Heart” some fellow he worked with in KY did. And when it became a huge hit, all of us at home couldn’t believe it. Billy literally went from playing
    dives in the Tri-State area, to an overnight star with that stupid song. He’ll never live it down, that song, without a doubt is one of the worst songs ever written to become a #1 hit. As a life long professional musician and a native Kentuckian, I offer my sincere apologies for that song. Much better music has come out of eastern KY, but people will never forget that piece of crap.

  • http://chandays.blogspot.com Larry Meredith

    For those of you who asked, yes, I did make the photoshopped sign quickly after reading this story. Something about him literally reading the sign like that just cried out for a literal sign reading just that. Thanks for the comments =)

    This story is just hilarious, and needed funny pic to accompany it.

  • Jon Peterson

    Don’t quote me on this, Marsha… but I think that song was the inspiration for the Sven character over at Questionable Content. His entire livelihood is based around haphazardly writing crappy country songs that then become massive hits, and he earns royalties off ‘em. :P

  • 5andclimbing

    SketchSepahi says, “Believers have to dehumanize or belittle us to justify their irrational beliefs.”
    Spot on dude, and well said. I’m always astonished at the parallels made by theists between Satan and atheists. It’s comical, really.

  • http://tech-o-potamus.blogspot.com hipopotamo

    Claudia said:

    I hope that made some kind of sense. I also hope this is the last time I ever feel I have to defend Miley Cyrus. Ever.

    You had me in stitches with that remark. I would also feel at odds defending Ms. Cyrus antics.

    On a more serious note (and in light of the recent upbeheaval at this circles) I honestly think we should not be too fast in calling names when a young girl “misbehaves”. As said above, we are playing to stereotypes on boys and girls “proper” behaviours

    Cheers from the hippo

  • Lizard

    Re: blood donations by atheists. Sorry Christians, its too late! I am an atheist & I have given some 66 pints over my life time. . .

  • Tom

    It’s kinda sad in a lot of ways. His blindness is awesome. He doesn’t see the helpful work being put in by people who are just a much people as he is. He doesn’t see the way his daughter has been damaged by the industry he and her talents put her into. He doesn’t see the deeply religious faith it requires to believe in no gods as opposed to one or many. He doesn’t see that his daughter’s current silly behaviors aren’t caused by an Adopt-A-Highway sign, but (mostly) by her age. He doesn’t see–apparently–that his gravy train is pulling out of the station and he’s going to have to go back to work. He doesn’t see it’s time to stop whining about his miserable self and do something. To toss a quote (maybe Swift, maybe Heywood; sources vary: There are none so blind as those who will not see.

  • Henry

    They have books, they ban together in fear of ten commandment plaques in public places, they have meetings…are they STILL trying to say Atheism is NOT a religion? I mean write some songs take up some tithes and get it over with.

    Welcome folks to the newest religion of Atheism (formerly just a belief by folks who think they’ve been around the block enough to KNOW), have a seat and let’s bash them ignorant bible thumpers. WE can have “free thinking” and a “real” view of reality, but let’s not be letting it spread to the Jesus freaks. How dare they decide for themselves to believe in something at the behest of us Atheists. Don’t they know any better? How stupid of them. I bet they believe in the Easter Bunny and leprechauns too because that’s relevant to the whole premise and they all believe that too. Hell I just love getting together and judging huge groups of people I think are stupid. I used to push them around as much in high school. And after all, that’s where I’d still like to be. Christians? Hah! Let’s burn their bibles and point and laugh because that’s what free thinking and maturity is allll about.

    • Malagraves

      It isn’t the atheists who are fond of burning books, bub.

  • Dan W

    Yet another reason for me to dislike Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus.

  • Lauren Kay

    I noticed a couple months back the sign had been vandalized. Has it been fixed?

  • Liz

    Destiny Hope

  • Jon Peterson

    Hi Henry! Welcome to the land of sarcasm! I can tell you’re new here, so I’ll give you some advice: start slow. If you dive in without putting your hands out first, you’re liable to crack your head on a rock! An überdelicious stalagmite of anger and nonsense.

    And then you’ll start blathering and lose your audience, who will notice the Cheeze Doodles in the other room and

  • http://~ AxeGrrl

    Uhm, Henry….what on earth does your post have to do with Billy Ray and his fear of these people doing good work?

  • (Cool Name)

    I’m just thinking while I write here:

    Mr. Cyrus, who comes off as a spineless weenie, equates entering LA and the entertainment industry with being attacked by Satan. The Atheist sign to him indicates this. However, there is one religious group that has dominated the industry since its creation. Were it not for this sign conveniently scapegoating Atheists, who might these demons be in Mr. Cyrus’s mind?

  • Claudia

    Re: blood donations by atheists. Sorry Christians, its too late! I am an atheist & I have given some 66 pints over my life time. . .

    Wow, that’s very impressive! I think I’ve only given maybe 10 at this point. Kudos.

  • Silent Service

    66 pints? Damn, I’ve given all of 2. Spent too much time in Mad Cow countries and they don’t want my blood anymore.

  • subie

    So, not only do atheists attack believers by cleaning up the roads we all use, but Satan has specifically targeted Billy Ray Cyrus and his family. Sure…makes sense.

  • Blueknittedmonkey

    This isn’t such a surprise when you consider he starred in a short lived tv series called Doc that had “strong Christian undertones”

  • Deanna

    Perhaps it’s the mom in me, but what I find truly sad, after reading the entire article at GQ, is how Billy Ray has abondoned his two younger children. He has left them in the care of estranged wife, all the while lamenting about Miley’s fate.

    Maybe he should actually spend more time with the two children, still under 18 years old.

    Of course, little Noah Cyrus is already on the path to a trainwreck herself.

    Check out this image of her from a Halloween party in 2010.

    <a href="Good job, Billy Ray!

  • http://thishollowearth.wordpress.com/ Victor

    Henry, you’ve had enough coffee for the day.

  • Mike

    @Claudia.

    That. is. high-larious!!!

  • Patty

    I wonder how many “good” Xns I have contaminated with my Atheist blood. I think every blood bank should test for non-theism, along with all those other tests and questions with which they present one. After all, Satan might attack all those who receive blood from us.

  • http://happyatheists.com Slickninja

    Let it be known that atheists won’t tolerate shitty music by the Cyrus family, and our adopt-a-highway program was a success… HORRAH!

  • chrissy

    Had to chime in. Lots of people are saying he is not taking responsibility for shoddy parenting but that’s not true. He has stated in interviews that he is mostly to blame because he wasn’t strict enough and let her do whatever she wanted.

    I love how everybody here is talking about judgmental christians but almost every post is incredibly judgmental. BRC is free to believe what he wants without ridicule just like everybody else here. So much for “freethinkers”.

  • LouLou

    Yet another reason for me to dislike Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus. Why doesn’t he take responsibility for his own actions. The family is money hungry and the daughter has low morals.

  • Baconsbud

    Chrissy I do agree some have been pretty harsh. I doubt that he had much choose in how strict he was with her. I wouldn’t be surprised if you found that Miley knew she could legally become an adult if she wanted to and out of fear of losing his gravy train he let her do what she wanted. He wouldn’t have had a show to act on without her and I think that was more important to him then insuring that his daughter was raised in a good way.

    To those saying she has low morals, who are you to decide what is and isn’t moral for her. Has she done some stuff she shouldn’t have? Yes she has but how many other teens do the same thing and we completely ignore them? I feel we give way to much attention to a group of people who are overpaid and whiny. I would also include pro athletes in on this last sentence.

  • Skia

    I think that what really frightened him was the United part of the sign. As in, ohnoes, there’s more than one atheist, and worse, they are unionized! *gasp*

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com Anna

    BRC is free to believe what he wants without ridicule just like everybody else here. So much for “freethinkers”.

    Yes, he’s free to believe whatever he wants and no one is trying to stop him from expressing his opinions. However, if he says something bigoted, don’t you think we have a right to criticize that? Perhaps ridicule is unwarranted, but isn’t it rather ridiculous to assert that a simple road sign is evidence of Satan attacking your family?

    The family is money hungry and the daughter has low morals.

    What exactly has Miley done that indicates “low morals?” I’m really not seeing anything terribly shocking here. She’s a teenager who’s been acting like a teenager. Miley could certainly be making decisions that she will later regard as immature or unwise, but I don’t see anything that justifies disparaging her character.

  • Kayla

    Thanks for the hearty laugh. Poor Billy and Miley.

    My niece LOVES Hannah Montana, so sorry to hear about Miley’s problems. Hopefully with age Miley will mature and become more stable.

  • Circe of the Godless

    “and the daughter has low morals.”

    Really??? Please explain.

    If you mean, as I think you probably do, that she dresses and acts like a sexually charged female teenager, I don’t see how that really equates with “low morals’. There is nothing morally wrong with female sexuality.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1390034837 Randy Rasmussen

      Yes there is, when not properly controlled by said females. Clearly, you do not have any daughters.

  • Ronster

    “Somewhere along this journey,” he says, “both mine and Miley’s faith has been shaken. That saddens me the most.”

    That’s a good thing. When a belief that is not supported by any fact or evidence (faith) is shaken, that is a positive. It is more positive if it is eliminated. I have always failed to understand why anyone would consider faith to be a virtue.

    Don’t be afraid Billy, we can’t sic satan on you or your family. He/she/it does not exist. Believe what you want, but you shouldn’t be surprised if everyone does not believe as you do. Grow up.

  • Pete

    Atheist signs aside, and regardless of whose fault it is, I was very sad for the man that has a strained relationship with his daughter. I hope it improves in the future.

  • http://www.jafafahots.com Jafafa Hots

    Don’t let on I told you this… but I actually AM out to destroy his life.

    But it’s not because I’m an atheist. It’s just because I’m still holding a grudge against him for that stupid fucking song from 20 years ago.

    Shh. Nobody let on.

    • Phil Richey

       said WHO?????????????…miley, or who? why all these INCOMPLETE,and INDIRECT “answers”?????

  • Jon

    Perhaps Miley and Daddy could adopt a highway with all of the money they have attained through the satanic entertainment capital of Los Angeles ;)

  • Robert

    I get really tired really fast of people trying to equate Atheism with Satanism. Idiots.

  • Frank Friesacher

    Billy Ray and family will want to stay away from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as well to avoid our own satanic form of highway cleanup attacks: http://www.edmontonatheists.ca/2011/09/sea-road-cleanup-report/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1390034837 Randy Rasmussen

    True atheists could care less about religious symbolism or names… The ones that get their panties in a bunch over such things are simply bigots.

  • Kaut wak

    I like it how you used the flaws of a not particularly good man to give evidence to the possibility of brainwashing, even though it is just as prominent in atheism.
    he was delusional and an idiot, in terms of being a person, how in anyway is that a reflection on the majority of religious people?

  • Justin

    I believe you’re reading his words with a different tone than he said them with.
    Christianity, from the perspective of churches such as Baptist Churches, is the correct religion.
    Those of you who are atheists, take note that you can say, “I believe God doesn’t exist,” instead of saying, “I don’t believe God exists.” Now though, think for a moment. If you phrase the sentence the first way do you feel the pride that you do if you phrase it the second way? The answer to that, of course, is no. In the Bible we’re told that pride is why people deny God. The pride you feel when you phrase it that particular way, & you preferring to phrase it that way because of the pride you feel, goes right along with what we’re told in the Bible. Accepting Christ as your Lord & Savior is the only… way to go to Heaven after death. You just have to let go of your pride to do that.

    P. S. Take note that, “Lord,” means, “Ruler.” How much pride does accepting Him as your Ruler fill you with? Again, you have to let go of it to make that decision.

    Psalm 10:3-4 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”


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