More than three years ago, atheist Justin Vacula and the NEPA Freethought Society attempted to place the following ad on buses in the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) in Pennsylvania:
Atheist Billboard in Knoxville (Tennessee) Removed After Just 5 Days After Complaint from Local Business Owner
As far as reactions went, they seemed overwhelmingly positive, even from local Christians. Which is exactly what you’d expect from a harmless message that reads “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone!”
I felt like it was a fairly tame message, but when you’re in a conservative area, you never know how people will react…
If you’re in the Knoxville area, be on the lookout for this billboard which is scheduled to go up today:
Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 49: Jason Heap, Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason
Jason is also trying to become the first Humanist chaplain in the United States Armed Forces.
I spoke with him about the strategy behind putting up non-aggressive billboards, how he left the evangelical Christian faith he was raised in, and why politicians are working so hard to prevent Humanists from becoming officially-recognized chaplains.