Tornado season has come roaring back, and the devastation across the Midwest and South is already shocking. We grieve the loss of life, the injuries, and damage to property.
Individuals and groups will be rallying to bring aid to people who are seriously affected by the storms, and it seems likely that atheist groups will be among those out there helping just like they were last year.
In anticipation of that, here is a suggested t-shirt design for the atheist groups who will be doing what they can to bring people what they need:
Dammit… I *really* hope no atheist is responsible for this…
Last week, in downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza, the (Catholic) Thomas More Society put up a display of a giant 14-foot cross and image of Jesus.
They requested and received permission to do it — and the Metropolitan Chicago chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation were soon to follow with a display of its own promoting separation of church and state.
If were to walk around Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, you might see a giant 14-foot cross and image of Jesus put up by a Christian group:
It’s legal. They requested and received permission to do it.
But that means everyone else gets to join in the fun! Which is why the Metropolitan Chicago chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up its own display yesterday:
In January, the Sudbury Transit Authority (in Ontario, Canada) approved a month-long ad campaign for the Sudbury branch of the Centre for Inquiry with the message “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone!”
It’s a simple, non-offensive statement that basically amounts to we exist!
And it worked: Not only did the group’s physical membership grow, the number of “Likes” on their Facebook page doubled too. So the group wanted to bring it back to headquarters to celebrate and take some pictures with it before using it in a second campaign this spring:
… they wanted to keep the ad as a piece of history, marking the first time a secular group in Northern Ontario advertised itself.
“As far as I know, it’s only the second time in Canada,” [group leader Spencer] Lucas said. “So it was a rare thing, and for Sudbury it was a first. So yeah, it was a pretty big deal to us.
“A lot of our members were excited about it, and would have gotten a real kick to see the sign in person, since most didn’t get to see it on the bus, other than in photos.”
Lucas went to the Transit Authority to pick up the ad, but he wasn’t expecting to hear this: