Just a few days ago, I posted a story about Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham’s anti-atheism billboard in Times Square.
Was this, I asked, the most effective way to reach out to unbelievers?
Well, I guess it wasn’t! Now there’s a full-fledged war between vociferous Christians and vociferous atheists. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has rented space on the same billboard for their rebuttal.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder of FFRF, says, “A fifth of the U.S. population identifies as nonbelievers. We don’t thank a nonexistent god, we put faith in each other and human ingenuity. “We believe in deeds, not creeds. We believe the only afterlife that ought to concern us is leaving our descendants a secure and pleasant future.”
Julia Sweeney, actress and comedian, is featured on the billboard. She is the playwright of “Letting Go of God,” her powerful and humorous one-woman show about starting out as a good Catholic girl and ending up an atheist.
So there you go: The creationists and the atheists have both spent a lotta bucks on this billboard campaign, and who wins? The outdoor advertising company, I suppose!
Here, the two messages which are competing for space on the same sign: