This is cool:
Just in time for the holiday season, a nonprofit organization is planning on erecting dozens of atheist billboards in an effort to let fellow non-believers know they’re “not alone.”
The Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)has paid for 55 different billboards this year, all of which will go up in Sacramento, Calif., the Monday after Thanksgiving, according to local station News 10.
Sweet brief shot of Keith Lowell Jensen’s billboard sans lame mustache. Thumbs up.
But Sacramento? The West Coast of California is about as godless a place as you’ll find in the USA. I say slap these billboards up in the heart of Mississippi where atheists really might think they’re alone!
Even on the West Coast though, there are religious people to be pissy about billboards declaring that atheism’s ok:
Not everyone is excited about the planned signs, however.
Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto of the Cathedral of a Blessed Sacrament told local Fox affiliate KTXL that he wasn’t particularly pleased about the billboards, which he labeled propaganda.
Yes, because if there’s one thing the Catholic Church cannot abide, it’s propaganda – especially propaganda that runs contra to their own about atheists being subjects of pity or outright miserable and evil. It’s kind of like wealth with the Catholic Church – poverty is a virtue unless you’re the Catholic Church, then it’s gold thrones and gilded halls for the pope.
“While I’m not happy about these billboards, I am certain people still, when they look deep down in their soul and in their heart, find a spark,” Soto told the outlet. “They believe in a higher power.”
Jaime Soto apparently knows atheist better than they know themselves. Atheists say they don’t believe in god and Soto corrects them: yes you do! I wonder if that’ll be enough to get atheists into heaven. St. Peter says “Sorry, you didn’t believe” and the atheist cites Jaime Soto. I’ll bet Jaime Soto would be a terrible dinner guest.
“No thank you, I don’t like asparagus.”
“Yes you do. If you look deep down into your soul and into your heart, you’ll find you love asparagus.”
“Excuse me, but you don’t get to tell me what I think.”
“Nonsense, that’s the church’s job. Now about your gay son. I think if he looks deep down into his soul, he’ll find he doesn’t really love his boyfriend.”
“Are you kidding? They’re adorable together! I don’t think you’re as psychic as you think.”
“I’m not psychic. I’m just god’s messenger.”
“I think it’s more likely you’re just an asshole.”