Atheist Billboards Go Up in Bryan and College Station, Texas

Just in time for the big Texas A&M game against #1-ranked Alabama this weekend, the newly-formed Brazos Valley Coalition of Reason has put up four billboards in the Bryan and College Station, Texas areas (near where the game will be played):

Reaching out to the like-minded isn’t the only goal of the effort. “We want people to know that nonreligious people like us are a regular part of communities all over the state,” added Luis Fayad, a spokesperson for Brazos Valley CoR. “Nontheistic Texans are your friends and neighbors, your coworkers and family members. We believe we should be as free as anyone to express our views publicly.”

I love that one of the groups making up the Brazos Valley CoR is the Brazos Valley Vuvuzela Atheists Marching Band. That exists!

The billboards cost $6,000 and were funded by the United Coalition of Reason, a group that has now placed signs in 34 states in addition to the District of Columbia. Three of the signs in Texas will even be illuminated at night.

These billboards will be up for a month. After which, I assume, Johnny Manziel will try to autograph them.

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  • Jasper

    GASP!

  • GubbaBumpkin

    Roll Tide.

  • LesterBallard

    Have they been vandalized yet?

    • Kevin_Of_Bangor

      They removed my facebook posting.

      https://www.facebook.com/cityofcollegestation

      See how long the new one last.

      Edit: And they have removed it a 2nd time, I posted it again.

      • Anna

        I can’t see the Facebook page, but is it the official one for the city? Who’s in charge of it and how are they deleting your posts?

        • Kevin_Of_Bangor

          Here is a screen shot of the exchange. It is still up and yes, it was their official page.

  • islandbrewer

    A vuvuzela marching band is proof that there is no god.

    • David Rutherford

      I like vuvuzelas though. Nicky Minaj is proof there is no god

  • Bitter Lizard

    How about this one…

    • flyb

      No. Ageism is wrong. Don’t do that.

      ;-)

      • Anna

        Cut it out.

    • Donald Jones

      Ok Bitter Lizard. I don’t care. I’ll be the fool. What is ‘seven’ all about?

      • Art_Vandelay

        Most seven year olds haven’t developed the cognitive faculties to reject implausible propositions yet. It basically means, “Congratulations…you’ve grown up.”

        • allein

          Isn’t seven the “age of reason” according to the Catholic church?

          • Art_Vandelay

            I guess, but I don’t think that’s what it means in the context of the picture that BL posted. That wouldn’t even be funny.

            • Bitter Lizard

              It wasn’t what I meant but I actually think it makes it funnier to me for some reason.

      • anniewhoo

        Seven is when the Roman Catholic Church believes children reach the age of reason. Ironically, canon law describes the age of reason as when children are capable of understanding and participating in the sacraments.

        • Anna

          It’s such a crock! I’ve had the misfortune of attending several First Communion ceremonies, and I was really upset by the repeated assertions that the children were making a choice. These were just little second graders. There’s no way children that young have any real idea of what they’re doing, nor do they know they have a choice not to participate. Their parents and/or teachers are the ones who signed them up for it. It’s hard enough for older children and teenagers to refuse religious rituals. What chance does a seven-year-old stand?

        • tm17
  • TheG

    “These billboards will be up for a month. After which, I assume, Johnny Manzielwill try to autograph them.”

    After which, I will probably go all syncopal from the shock that they made it a month without being taken down because the billboard company decided it was too controversial, they were vandalized, a “moral” mob burned it down…

    Take your pick, religious folk don’t like even a whiff of competition.

    • Mike Hitchcock

      ‘S OK – most religious people won’t be able to read them…

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Now taking bets on how long it takes for a Christian to get pissed off.

    • anniewhoo

      Oh, shoot. The betting pool is probably closed by now. You posted this 4 hours ago. Surely, a Christian has already been pissed off.

  • Chris

    It’s TX. It will be full with bullet holes before long…

  • ZenDruid

    Aggieland… where the Dr Pepper bottles have ‘open other end’ stamped on the bottom.

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

      If you really want to confuse the hell out of them, write ‘open other end’ on the top.

      • Jim Jones

        On both ends.

  • Cogito Ergo Sum

    Checked the Bryan-College Station Eagle — the local paper — not a sentence about it yet. C’mon Brazos COR, get those letters in!

  • Jeff

    Well, got to give them credit. Lambs among the wolves. Texas Aggies and Alabama folks? Can’t get more bible thumping than that. I’m in Austin, will be watching the news. They won’t talk about the billboards going up, but they will talk about them being vandalized.

  • https://kusmeeks.info/ kusmeek

    huzzah!

  • Pepe

    Aggie here.
    That’s all I got.

  • Lijdare

    Having lived in both towns while going to Texas A&M, I’d say that the billboards have about a snowball’s chance in hell of not being vandallized.


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