Wanna know the difference between the USA and Brazil?
Our atheist billboards read things like “We can be good without god” and “Have doubts? So do we.” Harmless. A gentle ribbing. Somehow, still a cause for a lot of controversy, but not offensive at all.
In Porto Alegre, Brazil, they go right for the knockout punch.
Check out the ads that went up on buses and billboards last month, courtesy of the Associação Brasileira de Ateus e Agnósticos (Brazilian Association of Atheists and Agnostics) — forgive my rough translations:
“Religion does not define character” — Charlie Chaplin is described as someone who didn’t believe in god while Adolf Hitler is described as someone who did.
“Faith gives no answers. It only impedes questions.”
“We are all atheists with the gods of others” — the captions read “Hindu myth,” “Egyptian myth,” and “Palestinian myth.”
“If God exists, everything is permitted.”
All the ATEA logos contain the phrase “Say no to prejudice against atheists.”
So… anyone think we’ll see these in America anytime soon?
(Thanks to Thales for the link!)