Atheist Billboard with the Words “Easter” and “Church” Rejected in Nashville for Being Too “Aggressive”

American Atheists has its annual convention this Easter weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. As has been the group’s custom in recent years, they decided to purchase a couple of billboards to advertise the gathering. And this is what they wanted to put up:

Cute billboard! (You may remember that little girl from such previous billboards as this one.) As far as “aggressive” goes, this is pretty tame for American Atheists. They’re not attacking Christians, unless you consider disagreement with Christian beliefs an “attack.” Indeed, the billboard was approved in Memphis — you can see it on the road today.

But it was denied in Nashville, a few hours away. The company said AA couldn’t use the words “Easter” or “church” because they were somehow attacking Christianity.

So American Atheists tried again with this passive-aggressive adjustment:

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Atheist Billboards Go Up in Puerto Rico to Promote Upcoming Conference

Billboards sponsored by American Atheists are now up in San Juan and Ponce, Puerto Rico, to mark the upcoming conference there this August:

Translated, that reads: “We’re Puerto Ricans and we’re ChristiansWe’re ex-Christians — We’re atheists!”

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After Atheist Billboard in Alabama Gets Taken Down Early Following Complaints, It Goes Back Up Better Than Before

Last month, the following billboard went up in Mobile, Alabama (along with other billboards in two other cities) to mark the launch of the Gulf Coast Coalition of Reason:

While the contract said the billboard would be up for a month beginning around Christmas, the placement of that ad was actually delayed by two weeks.

Delays happen. So the simple solution would be to keep the billboard up for an extra two weeks to make up for the lost time, right?

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Atheist Billboard in Australia Reads: “Have You Escaped Religion? We Have!”

They know how to ruffle some feathers Down Under.

A new billboard in Sydney (Australia) put up by the Sydney Atheists and the Atheist Foundation of Australia holds little back in its portrayal of religion as something you need to “escape” from:



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Years After Their Bus Ad Alienated an Unexpected Group of People, Two Atheists Explain What They Learned

A few years ago, the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason launched an ad campaign on the side of local buses. It was a mashup of the faces of dozens of local atheists/agnostics made to look like an American flag, with the message “Millions of Americans are good without God.”

The billboard received the usual share of outrage from Christians who felt this was somehow an affront to their beliefs. (Not surprising. By now, we’ve just come to expect that.) But it also prompted backlash from the local African-American community.

For what reason?

Zach Moore, the chair of the Texas group, had no idea at the time. He just knew people were upset:

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