Lamar Advertising Rejected a Harmless Atheist Billboard, but They Allowed This Christian One?

In 2009, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wanted to put up this billboard in Alabama:

At the time, Lamar Advertising rejected the ad, with the local general manager saying this:

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Clear Channel Won’t Run “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” Billboard Because Too Many People Tried Vandalizing It Last Year

Last year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up this billboard in Pitman, New Jersey:

It was a tongue-in-cheek rebuke to all those “Keep Christ in Christmas” banners and the expected response was probably some rolling eyes.

But the actual response was much worse.

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Arkansas Church Responds to Atheist Billboard with One Embracing Doubters

Another church is responding to American Atheists’ recent billboard campaign featuring a girl writing a letter that says, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

This time, it’s Grace Church in Alma, Arkansas:

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Ken Ham Claims That I Believe Christ Came to Earth For Us

Ken Ham, who’s still not my friend, is unhappy with American Atheists’ recent billboard campaign:

… it’s the atheists who are destroying children’s lives by trying to force their anti-God, meaningless religion on generations of kids. People need to understand that atheists are not trying to stop children from being taught religion — they just don’t want them being taught the Christian religion, because they want to impose their own atheist religion on them.

That’s… just plain dumb. If I wanted children to become atheists, the best way to do it would be to expose them to as many religions as possible, including the most popular one in the U.S. Once they saw how similarly silly they all were, they’d want nothing to do with any of them. (At least in theory.) But there’s no need to exclude Christianity from that mix.

But here’s my biggest problem with Ken Ham’s rant.

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Atheist Displays in Arlington Heights (Illinois) Have Already Been Vandalized

Last week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation chapter in Chicago put up an atheist display at North School Park in the city of Arlington Heights. It included a five-foot-tall Scarlet A and a banner reading “Are you Good Without God? Millions are” (courtesy of the Chicago Coalition of Reason):

It’s been a week, and I just got word that the display was vandalized: The top of the banner was ripped out of its grommets and the eyehooks that kept the banner attached to its stand were missing.



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