Atheist Billboard Goes Up in Kentucky

The Bluegrass Coalition of Reason in Kentucky just put up its first billboard in anticipation of the upcoming Kentucky Freethought Convention:

The ad costs $5,650 and was paid for by the United Coalition of Reason.

It’s already getting press:

“We are not here to change anyone’s opinion or tell anybody they are wrong or right or anything else,” said Clay Maney with the Bluegrass Coalition of Reason. “We are just trying to advertise that we are here.”

Atheists exist?! The community outrage will undoubtedly begin soon.



About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • AlbertopolisFillip
  • http://twitter.com/AchronTimeless Achron Timeless

    Oh this’ll go over well. I expect to hear my in-laws ranting about it before the week is out. Seriously, every town in this idiotic state needs one of these billboards. Between the creation “museum” and the soon to be built tax break funded ark themepark, they need a reminder.

  • Guest.

    I’m glad they have decent design.  It was nice of the news station to provide free coverage.  The Family Foundation guy wasn’t particularly compelling.

    • Mightymeg

       Per the Family Foundation values and morals only come from faith.  I am soooo tired of then mentality.  As humans, we have the ability to think for ourselves and decide what is right and wrong.  It doesn’t take a higher power to help me figure out that, for example, murdering someone or molesting a child is wrong. 

      • ReadsInTrees

        To be fair, I don’t believe the Bible ever says that molesting children is wrong. :)

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6OE7LEYELE4MZTVXGZUSVTBFUI julie

          Well who has time to forbid that when you have raped girls to condemn?

        • Blacksheep

          “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”.

          • ReadsInTrees

            Yep, it says that looking at a woman lustily is adultery. Why doesn’t it saying looking at children lustily is adultery? I mean, the Bible is pretty specific about a LOT of things, like not getting divorced or not eating shellfish. Why doesn’t it mention pedophilia?

  • jdm8

    “We don’t like anyone having to explain not believing in God to their children.” (paraphrasing here)

    Whoop-dee-doo.

    • The Other Weirdo

       Actually, in their minds, that’s a huge risk.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    The values that moms and dads have that keep them together, that keep them with their kids, are critical.  Those values are received from an individual’s faith.

    Nope.  No faith here.  I don’t claim to know things I don”t, and I have no plans to leave either my wife or my son.

    That said, if someone who was in an abusive/toxic relationship came to me, I would say they should get out of it, while doing their best to protect any children involved.

  • Info

    The response from the majority of the “religious” people has been anger and outrage, as expected. However, we (the groups in the coalition) have had a very good response from people that thought they that were alone in this area and that’s what it is all about, really.

    Clay and Fred Edwords will be on a local Lexington radio show, Cruser and Company (590am WVLK) from 1pm until 2pm tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19th. This is a conservative show.

    • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

      Please, tell them good luck! I really hope the radio interview goes well. Love the billboard too. PA atheist groups could take a lesson on design from ya’ll.

      • Info

        Thank you! I will.
        The design was created by the United CoR. We had several options and went with the most positive message. It is definitely my favorite of all the atheist billboards I’ve seen, but it’s also the only one I’ve seen in person. (I could be a little biased here, too.)

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

    I love how the news always starts the clips with something along the lines ” A Controversial New Billboard(s) goes up on …..” Even when the controversy is minimal at best.  Then they have to interview the one person they can find that doesn’t understand how the first amendment works. And if your lucky they will dig up a person in their 80 who may have lived their whole lives without their religion getting questioned –so they wax philosophical about the good old days when pesky minorities kept their mouths shut and didn’t put up billboards

    • RKHB

      I would love to see a story start with “The Catholic Church has put up a new billboard inviting residents to Sunday mass…” and then interviewing a Mormon, a Pentecostal and Jehovah’s Witness for their reactions to this blatant attempt to undermine their faith.  Now that would be funny and get my vote for “New story of the decade.”

    • Mr. A

       hahah, wow, that’s a great comment.

    • allein

      I also like how he paints it as the billboard asking IF people believe in God. It’s really not, though. The question is not, “Do you believe in God?” but rather, “Are you one of the people in the area that doesn’t believe?” There’s a difference.

  • Gunstargreen

    I liked the fact that they were showing children on the screen when talking about the Christian group’s concern over the billboard. Yeah, no biased messaging there.

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

      But they atheist don’t have a set of values, like you would find at a place of worship hint, hint…

    • DougI

       I think that was an Atheist restaurant and the kids were in the store room ready to be served.  Because, as the story pointed out, Atheists don’t have families, so they must just have children around as a food source.

  • B E Renteria

    It’s the same thing the religious people do putting up their scriptures in the bible on billboards and you don’t see anybody complaining about that. It’s just freedom of speech and I have the right to my own opinion.

  • Gary

    I love this billboard, but I wonder if a subliminal message (take away the question mark) comes through that gets people riled up.  

    • OneLessGod

       I don’t think it’s subliminal to ask a simple yes or no question. If the answer is no, fine, it’s not trying to change anyone’s minds. If it’s yes, then it suggests a means of finding a community with others who answer affirmative as well. What is far more “riling” are billboards commanding people to accept a specific faith or burn in hell for eternity.

      • Gary

         The subliminal message is “Don’t Believe In God”.  Seems to have worked on you.

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

    The spokes person basically said that atheists families wouldn’t stick together. 
    I wonder what kind of shit storm you could brew, if you gave an interview implying what that guy implied about atheists, but instead imply it about Christians.   
    “I am concerned because the values that mothers and fathers have.  The values that keep them and their families together, are missing in Christians.  Everyone knows that it is the noodly appendages of the FSM, that bind families together.  The Christians reject that.  Yes, it is concerning, and troubling.”    

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      “I’m concerned with a system of values that would admire a man who agreed to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering to God,  or would require the stoning of insolent children”

      (And when someone brings up the OT vs the NT, point out American citizens who still think both of those things apply.  Citations available upon request)

  • m6wg4bxw

    There’s a club?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shuteme Randy Shute

    I saw this billboard yesterday. It is beautiful. It filled my heart with joy!

  • DougI

    So Atheists don’t have families?  Why is it the news, whenever they do an Atheist story, has to search out for some bigot for their bigoted opinion?  In all the church scandal stories did the media ever seek out an Atheist for their opinion why organized religion is bad for society?  Doubtful.  Just another case of the media showing their pro-religion bias.

  • Sandra Duffy

    I’ve come to realise that whenever a US organisation incorporates the word ‘Family’ into their name they are signaling they represent the worst that Christianity has to offer.


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