Atheist Bus Ad in Canada Goes Missing Before Group’s Next Campaign…

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:

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New Atheist Billboard Campaign Shows That It’s Not Just Mormons Who Live in Utah

A new billboard campaign from American Atheists, in anticipation of their upcoming national convention, attempts to show Utahns that Mormons aren’t the only game in town:



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Should Religious and Atheist Hardliners Try Harder To Break Out of Their Co-Dependent Cycle of Indignation?

Fellow Patheos blogger Ben Corey heaves a deep sigh over the American Atheists’ digital billboard that will be on display outside Metlife stadium during the 2014 Superbowl.

Corey considers the billboard a bit of a dick move. He doesn’t like it when people of faith are mocked, and he’s tired of all Christians getting tarred with American Atheists’ broad brush.

Cards on the table: I unreservedly mock religion at least a few times a week (usually while dining on a Christian baby) and would consider the world a darker place without the wit of Monty Python, Bill Maher, and George Carlin.

Now let’s look at what Corey is saying and think about it from a media strategy point of view.

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American Atheists to Launch Super Bowl Billboard: A ‘Hail Mary’ Only Works in Football

With a few days to go before the Super Bowl, American Atheists is hoping to capitalize on the guaranteed media blitz by putting up a new digital billboard just outside of Metlife Stadium:

The ad, which will go up tomorrow, reads: “A ‘Hail Mary’ only works in football. Enjoy the game!”

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These Cleverly-Designed Billboards Would Preach the Bible Right Back at Christians

Remember the Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible? It’s a book documenting little-known verses from the Bible that few Christians would ever want to admit are in there:

The anonymous authors are now trying to raise money to purchase a series of billboards to “preach back” at Christians. The designs are fantastic — the only question is whether billboard companies would be willing to put them up. But just check out the signs you could be seeing in Kansas, South Carolina, Texas, and several other locations in the Bible Belt:



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