Skepticon, always pushing the limits

We all know about Skepticon, the monster in-your-face, take-no-prisoners atheist convention right smack dab in the middle of the bible belt.  It’s the place where people like me, PZ, Greta, and Rick Carrier (look at all those FtBers!) go to haul out the claws and shred anybody who conjures the audacity to look us in the face.

This hub for atheist meanness is putting up a billboard in three days at one of Springfield’s busiest intersections advertising Skepticon V.  Be warned: it’s not for those with weak stomachs.  You ready for this?

Tremble at Skepticon’s approach.

And the irony?  This may be less offensive than the billboards that simply said “atheists.”  After all, this one has kittens!  And yet actual human adults will lose their shit over how terribly offensive this billboard is.  They will be literally distraught.

To which I say, “good!”

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Ganner

    This is awesome!

    • Strelnikov

      What a crock. We were going to argue with JT at the KU ReasonFest but got E Mails from Amanda saying we would be thrown out if we did.

  • cswella

    Hopefully this billboard doesn’t offend PZ so much that he will call for a boycott…

    • Rieux

      I agree—something like that is the real risk here. Though I suppose some kind of direct action (torch-wielding cephalopod mob, etc.) is more likely than a boycott.

  • Kevin

    That billboard is absolutely full of win.

    One of the best ever.

    Seriously. And I’m not even a cat fancier.

  • Who Cares

    So cool that they really went with that suggestion on what kind of billboard the religious extremists might not take down.

  • Brian Westley

    AAahh! Giant cats breaking through billboard! We are doomed!


  • fastlane

    The theotards in the US might not be offended, but with all those kittens (awwww…cute widdle kittehs!!) and not a single squid, PZ certainly will be.

  • Rieux

    It is a bit of an in-joke, though. I imagine most religious believers (or for that matter apatheists) will just be mighty confused.

    • iknklast

      But I don’t think it was intended to be understood; it really doesn’t have a meaning to understand. It’s really just about being non-offensive. And kittens mostly just offend P.Z., who’s one of our own, so this should be interesting to see what happens. The message is one that is difficult to disagree with (unless, of course, you’re P.Z.), so any outrage would clearly be the word “atheists” or perhaps the idea that atheists are allowed near kittens, and might cause them all to lose their immortal soul.

      Or, maybe, someone will realize that the true meaning of the sign is that kittens are atheists, and we’ll have a terrible, disgraceful Catquisition.

    • vini

      Agreed. Even I had to do a double-take to get this one. I say keep the in-jokes away from types of media where over half the audience won’t understand them. It’s just a matter of efficacy. Plus, the design is just OK. But yeah, kittens are cute.

  • IslandBrewer

    Go one farther and say “Kittens are cuter than squid!”

    • Storms

      Only because they’re furry. I’d take a cuddly furry land squid for a pet any day. Genetic engineers of atheism, get busy! Kitten-squid hybrids are required!

  • banana

    This could be Catastrophic. Cataclysmic, even.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    The horror! The horror! Won’t somebody think of the children?

  • Gregory in Seattle

    @banana #10 – No, this is a catastrophy.

    • Mike D

      Oh… you win most relevant and clever picture of the day. Great job!

    • banana

      Ha! It’s certainly ass-inine.

  • Aliasalpha

    The word Atheist is BOLDED? How much more provocative can you get?? Thats worse than just existing, its tantamount to saying the word aloud!

  • John-Henry Beck

    I’m really anticipating seeing what the reaction will be around here. Perhaps there will even be something that will motivate me long enough to actually write a letter to the paper.

  • Alan G. Humphrey

    A sign of the coming Catocalypse…

  • baal

    I’m sure it’ll be found controversial and offensive – the atheists will convene. The mere idea of a group of them (!) will set off the righteous.

  • a miasma of incandescent plasma

    See! See! The pics are obviously from below looking up to Ceiling cat, the God (treats be upon Him) that you ahtiests’ obviulsy worhsip! And it’s extending its paw like the self-portrait of God on the ceiling at the Sixteen Chapel that Donatello (or was it Rapheal?) painted at that one museum place in Socialist land Europe. You ahtiestests have that god shaped hole in your non-existent hearts that God put there. Ha! We told you!!!

  • Michael

    Dumb question, which is the busiest intersection in springfield? Lived here my virtually my whole life but couldn’t tell you the busiest intersection.

  • Krisko

    This. This is why I let you get me pregnant.

  • tonyagudo

    How about “Babies are cute” with baby pictures instead? Nobody can seriously get offended at that, and you get the bonus of appealing to our godless appetites.

  • Mriana

    It’s adorable! :) So which intersection is it, JT? I want to haul my butt out there to see. :D

  • whataworld

    So, really, this has nothing to do with masturbation? I domo if I understand it.

  • Randomfactor

    Am I just supposed to BELIEVE that kittens are cute? Where is your EVIDENCE, man?

  • Jim b

    The obvious objection will be: Those damn atheists are trying to convert our children!


    Kittens “cute”

    They all grow up to be Greebo

  • evader

    This is the best Atheist related billboard I’ve seen yet. I was going to say I want to have sex with that billboard, but when I read it back it just sounds creepy.

    So to whoever did the design, good f–g job. 10/10 A+ from me, which may not mean much but I’ve been a graphic design for the last 9 years so I can tend to tell effective advertising immediately — and this is it.

    Keep em coming! We need to get rid of that horrible baby + yellow + comic sans “billboard design” from our collective memories.

    You know the one.

  • Dan

    haul out the claws and shred anybody who conjures the audacity to look us in the face.

    Unless it’s CL!