Glenn Stanton whines about bad manners billboard

Christina here…

Oh look, the Glenn Stanton is offended by this billboard…

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so sorry! I know they didn’t mean to offend your poor sensibilities…

As a Colorado atheist group purchases space for three billboards in major cities in Colorado, one Christian research fellow refers to their efforts as “bad manners.”

“They say their ad is intended to spark dialogue with people of faith on the existence of God, but you don’t draw people into conversation by poking fun of the beliefs,” Glenn Stanton, director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, told The Christian Post.

Stanton was referring to a billboard sponsored by Boulder Atheists that states, “God is an imaginary friend; Choose reality, it will be better for all of us.”

“Pew reports that 92 percent of Americans believe in God or some higher being,” Stanton pointed out. “And more than 70 percent say they have a firm, confident belief in God. And this atheist group equates that very widely-held belief to a small child having an imaginary friend to play with.”

Good science, Glenn Stanton. You work for Focus on the Family and you want to complain that an atheist group called your sacrosanct god imaginary?

You don’t have the slightest clue what “bad manners” are.

You advocate (very actively) against marriage equality.

You teach parents to force their children into prescribed gender roles so they won’t get The Gay.

You deny facts given to you by the American Psychological Association regarding homosexuals.

You deny facts that same-sex couples can raise children just as well as heterosexual couples.

You deny that homosexual couples can successfully raise children.

You mock atheist chaplains and denigrate sex workers.

You advocate ignoring science if science goes against your “common sense”.

You attack homosexual families, insisting that they aren’t real families, insisting their families “lack conviction”, and ignoring their legal standing as a family, stating, “are they family? We would say, ‘Absolutely not.’”

You argue that masturbation and especially homosexuality are “a particularly evil lie of Satan ”

You blame the “forbidding of prayer in our public schools” and “introduction of evolution into our nation’s classroom curricula” for declining morality (and The Gay.)

 

…But you think this billboard is bad manners.

This billboard is right. Your god is imaginary, and if you chose reality, it really would be much better for all of us.  Maybe then, you wouldn’t be such a homophobic bigot, or you’d at least keep your homophobic bigotry to yourself.

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  • John Eberhard

    “….you don’t draw people into conversation by poking fun of the beliefs,” Glenn Stanton, director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, told The Christian Post.”

    Got it, Glenn, you draw people into conversation about their beliefs by telling them they have no moral compass and they are going to Hell. AmIrite?

    “And this atheist group equates that very widely-held belief to a small child having an imaginary friend to play with.” That is correct, Glenn. Indoctrinated ignorance, no matter how widespread, is still ignorance. Bingo, Glenn.

    • Mark

      “Got it, Glenn, you draw people into conversation about their beliefs by telling them they have no moral compass and they are going to Hell.”

      I missed where he said that.

      • Marshall

        HE may not have said that himself, at least not in reference to this specific incident, but it’s not as though that message isn’t constantly spewed both explicitly and implicitly by Focus on the Family, and since he seems to be speaking on behalf of that group, I think it’s a perfectly valid response to point out the hypocrisy of saying those things while simultaneously complaining about ‘rudeness’. Even if they had never EXPLICITLY said that (I contend that they have, although I’m going to do some digging to be sure) though, Focus on the Family has been actively fighting to continue the oppression, bullying, and inequality of people BASED ON THAT EXACT PREMISE, that people who do things in bed that they find ‘icky’ are evil sinners deserving of eternal punishment.

  • DaveL

    Well, it is rude, just like it would be rude to say “Your child is ugly, and not too smart” to someone no matter how true it is. That the person complaining of rudeness dedicates his life to depriving others of their rights using lies is pretty damned rich, though.

    I much prefer the tone “unbelievers are here and we’re good people.” It’s just as true but also positive, uplifting, and doesn’t put anyone down. That way when the holy rollers inevitably freak out about it, their irrational hatred is more clearly seen by all.

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  • Randomfactor

    If Focus on Your Own Goddamned Family thinks the billboard is offensive, I guess the COR got their money’s worth.

  • Zinc Avenger

    It can be so handy to have an organization like Focus On The Family around to helpfully point out the issues I find most important. I simply take the diametrically opposed view to theirs.

  • sqlrob

    Is the QR code on the real billboard?

    If so, why?

  • sailor1031

    “You blame the “forbidding of prayer in our public schools” and “introduction of evolution into our nation’s classroom curricula” for declining morality (and The Gay.)”

    But surely if 92% believe in a higher being and 70% are very firm in their belief in doG then this is where the problem of declining morality is rooted – in this vast majority! There simply aren’t enough of us doGless atheists to have any effect on general morals.

  • Onshay

    If the intention is indeed to draw peoria into conversation then I would suspect that there are better ways of doing it. I fully support strident atheism which is why this banner is so annoying to me. If you’re going to scream your point of view don’t water it down by saying that you’re just trying to start a dialogue.

    The text on the banner reads more to me like some jerk just trying to pick a fight – not start a conversation.

    In addition, it seems a little strange to me to dismiss the point made that the banner is rude based only on Glenn’s background. It would h e been more effective to address his point directly.


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