FFRF Puts ‘God Fixation Won’t Fix This Nation’ Billboards at Sites of DNC and RNC Conventions

That’s the billboard the Freedom From Religion Foundation is putting up in Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina — the sites of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, respectively.

“This is an equal-opportunity message to both political parties and all public officials. Essentially, we secularists, who comprise nearly a fifth of the U.S. population, are telling government officials that it’s time to get off your knees and get to work!” said FFRF Co-President Dan Barker.

“God fixation won’t fix our nation, or any nation. A preoccupation with religion in government and a political fear of offending religious lobbies is holding back our nation scientifically, intellectually and morally,” added Annie Laurie Gaylor, who co-directs FFRF.

Strong words, and much less offensive (I hope) to the general public that the billboards put up by American Atheists.

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  • Vision_From_Afar

    Now these, I can get behind.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

    Oh boy… can’t wait to see the fallout from this one.  I don’t think they will like it any more than they liked the others.  Evangelicals believe strongly that God fixation is the ONLY thing that will fix this nation.  Unfortunately, the folks running for office know that and are catering to it and won’t stop.  Greed for power on the backs of the religious… and when they’re on their knees, they can ignore all the rhetoric.

  • RobMcCune

    Much better than the AA billboards, sadly I expect it will get the same reception  from perpetually offended christians.

    • Imjulieb4u

       I agree that this billboard is much better – I have no problem with this billboard. However – I find that it is the non-Christians who are perpetually offended. Look at the recent reaction to Chick-Fil-A – the Agenda was so offended. Atheists are so offended. By what? Our belief in God? – why is that so offensive to these folks? That we believe you must accept Christ as Lord to be reconciled to God? The American Atheist billboards have absolutely nothing to do with the separation of state and religion – at least these make that attempt.

      • RobMcCune

        So your not easily offended, but you feel the need to take issue with the notion that some Christians are easily offended. You may not be aware of this, but billboards with benign statements like “good without God” and “Atheists.” have provoked ridicule and vandalism. That was what I was referring to.  I was also unaware of the death threats at that time, I just thought it would make Bill O’Riley mad, in retrospect I do off as kind of a jerk.

        The chick-fil-a boycott is a bad example of atheists (or the Agenda) being easily offended, since they donated money to reprehensible bigots like the FRC, and Exodus International.

  • Gus Snarp

    I like it.

  • The Other Weirdo

    Believing that prayer is the proper response to real-world problems is akin to sacrificing virgins to ensure a bountiful harvest.

    I dare them to use that quote.

  • pagansister

    If Issac does as one possible prediction says, Tampa will be getting a large, unwanted amount of rainfall, wind etc. during the Republican convention.  Would that be their divine leader trying to tell them something??    

    • SeniorSkeptik

       Yes, according to Pat Robertson on Wednesday’s program. He said God was in control of the drought and all the weather.  Therefore if the hurricane wipes out the GOP in Tampa Bay it must be God’s plan.

      • pagansister

         Well Yeah!  After all,  THE authority on translating GOD is PAT!  Jeeze!  But wait, isn’t Pat a really, ultra conservative Republican?  If a hurricane wipes out the GOP, then what plan would that be?  I know, President Obama will be re-elected.   Maybe Florida will see the light and vote for President Obama since a sure sign that that is supposed to happen would be Issac.  :o) 

    • Miss_Beara

      It is a message from god telling them that there is a hurricane sweeping across this nation so they must stop gay marriage, abortion and christian persecution in the United States. They will spin it one way or another. 

      • pagansister

         Yep, that’s their job—spinning THE  LORD’S word!   After all, SOMEBODY has to, right? 

  • Santiago

    It seems pretty innocuous. I really liked the glowing Mormon though, it reminded me of a happy humanist :)

  • Miss_Beara

    MUCH better signs than the others. They will still get offended though. The billboards that just said “Atheist” offended them since it acknowledges the existence of atheists. You could put up a billboard of a kitten with atheist underneath and they will probably still be offended. 

    • 3lemenope

      “Please God, let this bear be a Christian bear…”

    • Coyotenose

       This was done a few months ago, although the billboard designers didn’t appear to know the difference between a kitten and a cat…

    • Imjulieb4u

       Don’t ascribe the typical Atheist reaction to a religious billboard to what Christians will do. I am not offended by this billboard at all – it isn’t an attack. Y’all would be screaming your heads off if Christians put up a billboard saying Atheists are sadistic and useless – don’t tell me you wouldn’t.

  • Sven

    A much better design than countless other atheist billboards.  Keep it short, simple, and direct.  Note that the billboard isn’t even an attack on religious belief as a whole, but the poor public policy that comes from religion-centric thinking.

  • starskeptic

    The FFrF has bumpers stickers of that too!

    • amycas

       can I buy one from the website? I really want one.

  • MegaZeusThor

    This billboard speaks about the issues of inserting religion into politics.

    (Billboards pointing out the absurdity of religious claim or their deity are fine, but not when the supposed message is something else.)

  • A Portlander

    And economically. Annie, next time lead with “economically”.

  • Joe Zamecki

    VERY nice billboard!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351473675 Matthew Baker

    A million times better you might be able to read it as you dive by

  • ganner918

    Love this

  • Margaret Whitestone

    Nice, but no matter how inoffensive the message there will still be shrieks of protest, demands the billboards be taken down, and possibly even vandalism.  

  • Theist

    I thought atheist believes that there is NO GOD. Just taking on religion only this time?

    • Gus Snarp

      What the hell are you even talking about?


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