Atheist Group's New Florida Billboards About to Piss Off a Whole Bunch of Jesus Fans

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Do you know what Neptune, Jesus, Santa Claus, and Satan have in common?

They're going to be alongside each other on some billboards in several states under the headline, "37 Million Americans know MYTHS when they see them."

That announcement comes today from American Atheists, which says it will put the seasonal billboards in Florida, Ohio, and on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel. In case the God-fearing portion of our readership isn't pissed off yet, we suppose it's time to tell you Florida gets its own special variety of billboards.

The 2011 American Atheists Regional Convention is slated to be held at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Hotel in Fort Lauderdale on December 17 and 18, which means there's a special billboard announcing that with crossed-out pictures of Neptune and Jesus under the headline, "2 Million Floridians don't believe in gods."

"Every year groups like the Catholic League and American Family Association told Americans about a war on Christmas that simply did not exist," American Atheists Communications Director Blair Scott says in the announcement. "Last year we thought we would give them what they seemed to want and fired the first shot in the war on Christmas. To both groups we say, 'Happy Holidays!'"

Naturally, this is going to piss off a whole lot of folks, but that's not the point, according to Scott.

"Offending people is not our goal, but we know people are going to be offended," he says. "When you question someone's long-held beliefs and doctrine, they are going to be immediately offended and be on the defensive: It's a known psychological phenomenon."

The billboards are a bit less subtle than last year's seasonal billboards, which included silhouettes of three men on camels under text that read, "You KNOW It's a Myth/This Season, Celebrate REASON."

It's also a lot less subtle than the last time there was an atheist billboard in Fort Lauderdale, when the Florida Atheist and Secular Humanist Society put one up, reading, "Being a good person doesn't require God. Don't believe in God? You're NOT alone."

We're still trying to find out when these billboards are going up and where, as our call to American Atheists was not immediately returned. You'll probably figure it out when you notice Jesus with a red x across him.

Check out the new billboards below:

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Goodrobn51
Goodrobn51

I'm What you call a Pagan I guess, I believe God has many faces " saying that, ' I imagine Jesus Christ is one of them, I'd rather not live in what my friend calls the ' Doughnut -hole, It's vacant empty bitter, negativity, " there's enough of that in this world, enough to " Psychically  Give form to another myth, The Christian devil" So instead  I'm just gonna chomp on all the Cake'y goodness of the Doughnuts ring. " good for you Genius's you have " NO Faith, " I like the Human Compassion Christ Represents. You can Live in Oblivion, Not me! peace, oh wait is that a Myth too? LOL.

Intenserdh
Intenserdh

I just want to say...I am all for freedom of religious expression, but can you imagine if the Christians did this to the Jews, or the Jews to the Muslims? How much offence is tolerable?? Just saying?

michael
michael

I think the billboard should be a picture of all ah and mo hame-hedd duting a same sex marrage"

Jonah
Jonah

I  don't like the billboards.  I am not sure if this is the right direction. I havent been happy with David Silverman.  I think these are just attacks and don't provide an enthusiastic positive message to draw believers or those "on the fence" on to our side.We need a more intelligent and mature message that is inviting.  These are just juvenile and only result in anger from believers, who use these negative messages to try and make an argument that we have no morals.  Juvenile.  Sliverman needs to do something different....

JS, Geniuser
JS, Geniuser

Note to militant atheists....I offer no defense for the rationale behind believing in any religion, however, when you describe religion as the seat of all modern evil may I remind you of a few names...Pol Pot. Mao Tzedong. Josef Stalin. Vladimir Lenin. In our modern, scientific times, these ATHEISTS have collectively been responsible for more loss of human life any of the worlds religions. IDEOLOGY, and not religion, gives man justification for evil deeds. Whether the greater good be couched in religious, political, or social terms, the doctrine of the ends justifying the means is in no way exclusive to the religious.Now for a question:If an outside arbiter of morality does not exist (be it a deity, karma, etc.), then what or where is the logical argument for secular humanism? Observation seems to lead to the conclusion that the more cunning, ruthless, and selfish you are in your actions, the more success you will have in securing resources for yourself and your progeny while increasing the odds of perpetuating your DNA.Why would I be kind to the poor if they cannot do anything (tangible) for me? If the answer is because some day I may become poor, then if there is no karma or divine justice, there really is no benefit in me acting in any charitable way. And if I need others to believe that I do, I can simply lie about it.It would seem that secular humanism still takes an unproven premise from religion, and merely argues at the branching point. "Being a good person doesn't require God." Why should anyone be a "good" person at all? Isn't going under the presumption that their is some intrinsic value in being "good" as blind an act of faith as the presumption that their is intrinsic value in being good because of God? At least the religious perspective gives a reason, even if it does fly in the face of observation. But the secular humanist doesn't want you to believe their premise "Because god said so," rather, they'd have you believe just "Because".

Looking at the concentration of wealth, power, longevity, access to food and healthcare for friends, family, and allies, physical comfort and even the ability to command or compel others to work towards a common (or directed) goal, wouldn't OBSERVATION and logic point to the benefits of sociopathic tendencies and the disadvantages of secular humanism?

So my long-winded question in summation is this:If you are a secular humanist or make any attempt to be "good" in this modern world, would you please explain the logic and rationale behind your decision without self-referencing subjective values (i.e. - where would society be if every one wasn't good doesn't explain why YOU as an individual should be). Thank you.

Wzardofodd
Wzardofodd

first of all, when did lenin mass-murder people as implied by your statement. secondly the great mass-murderer of china was not mao, but chang khai sheck, whose horrible atrocities enabled mao to gain power. sheck was a roman-catholic. im surprised you didnt include hitler, many believe this staunch roman-catholic to be an atheist. during wwii the vatican was allied w/the axis powers. granted some priests rebeled. stalin and pol pot were monsters. btw, pol pot was a buddhist, not an atheist. incidently, our government promoted mass genocide of our amerind populations. the biggest monster of our presidency would be andy jackson the most prolific of our murderers. also let us not forget the kkk...lets go further back, for xian heroes. vlad tepis, the crusades, the black plague not caused by xians, but certainly spread more efficiently due to the then popes belief that bathing was evil, spanish inquisition, speaking of spain, remember their extermination of southern amerind populations...as to the rewards of being "good"? it allows you to live in a civil, effecient and safe society. no god-belief is necessary for that, unless there is something wrong between your ears. a need for religion to establish moral focus is merely fear and nothing else. btw, why are so many religious idiots so obsessed w/contributing to what i thought was an atheist forum?

GeorgePalickar
GeorgePalickar

Hitler was not a "staunch roman catholic".   It's public record that he stopped participating in the Church after childhood.  He was a twisted, hateful liar, who said what he thought would influence the crowds to his bidding.  Chang Khai Sheck's religious views are also a matter of public record.  He was raised Buddist, and later converted to Methodist Christianity solely for the purpose of marrying into the current ruling family and getting himself into a line of succession.  His involvement with religion was only to serve his political goals.  I though that devoting one's self to atheism meant that truth and reason would be the guide for morals, not just religion bashing.

nanook5
nanook5

it's called compassion, dipshit. it exists with or without a magic book.

Js, geniuser
Js, geniuser

However, I do admire your faith that something exists just because you've named it. Selfishness and sociopathy also exist with or without a magic book or devil. WHY is compassion the better course if we are logical, rational animals driven by our own survival and propogation? Wouldn't even casual observation, from the toniest firm on Wall Street to the harshest inner city ghetto, show that those who selfishly put their needs before others and have no moral restraints in acquiring power and resources tend to be more successful in purely objective terms?You secular humanists are a bunch of sheeple, blindly telling each other how scientific and rational you all are while congratulating each other on still being as "moral" and "good" as anyone claiming religious affilitation.Thomas Szaz (reciepient of the 1973 American Humanist Associations Humanist of the Year award) had this to say about compassion in his book ironically titled Cruel Compassion:“Greek and Roman philosophers distrusted (feeling) compassion. In their view, reason alone was the proper guide to conduct. They regarded compassion ( a virtue) as an affect, neither admirable nor contemptible.”

P.s. - If I called you a "dipshit" somewhere in my response, would it make my arguments as well reasoned and logically sound as yours?

Js, geniuser
Js, geniuser

Agnostic. Have no idea and don't propose to have any way to find out, so don't overly concern myself with questions I can't answer. Also could care less about atheists, theists, deists, or any other group that proports to know the absolute truth about anything.Do have an interest in science and logic, and have found many of the social organizations in S. Fl that promote science have taken on a dual mission of bashing religion. Seems as much a waste of time to me as trying to disprove santa claus.Noone ever automatically led a crusade, strapped on a bomb, or burned someone at the stake just because of religion any more than someone fed the homeless, comforted the leper, or smiled at a child just because of religion, either. Religion has been used as an excuse or impetus to do good and evil as much as any other ideology, whether it be Communism (which, as part of its ideology, demands atheism) or Democracy or Human Rights.Which is why I would respect a campaign encouraging logical thinking, reason, and the questioning of ALL authority and ideas, but find the exclusive focus on religion to be excessive and obsessive.Merely pointing out the hypocrisy in secular humanism (not atheism) whereby morals are given a "godly" place of unquestionable value without any of the logic, reason, or empirical evidence demanded to justify religious worship.If you've managed to pass on your genetic material and lead a life relatively free of discomfort then you are successful. If you'd like, replace the word "success" with the phrase "ability to affect your environment and to withstand the effects of the same."If you look at genealogical studies concerning prevalent common ancestors (use king Charlemaigne as an example), we have very few common ancestors when tracing mitochondrial DNA back more than a few centuries....and it seems that those who have hoarded resources and power.Never seen any logical argument or empirical evidence for the benefits of compassion.

nanook5
nanook5

it'd be an improvement over that blast of hot-air above the post script. you refer to compassion as something that may not exist while wholly enshrining this concept of "success," and yet almost everyone in human history has experienced an act of compassion while few are "successful" from the ghetto to the boardroom.

also your attempts to use flowery overtures to out the hypocrisy of atheism merely exposes your own; no one GIVES A SHIT about athiests except fundamentalists and their croneys whose power are threatened by them.

Js, geniuser
Js, geniuser

Why, argumentum ad hominem?Why is compassion any less of an intangible, magic, non-logically supported idea than God?that's funny...i can find thousands of sites, books, and films like this (http://science.nasa.gov/astrop... that explain things like how stars are made, and you're trying to tell me that "magic" is automatically a superior argument? The above is from you, correct? Please find me thousands of sites, books, and films that explain things like WHY someone should be compassionate? Or are you trying to tell me that by using the "magical" phrase compassion that you automatically have a superior argument?I understand WHAT compassion is. My question is that since most of those posting as atheists support their lack of belief in a deity with the lack of empirical evidence for such, where is the empirical evidence that compassion is beneficial to you. How does it positively impact your ability to acquire and hold resources or to spread your genetic material?If you deride those who turn to an outside morality such as a deity for their moral compass ("Thou shalt not....") you'd better have a better explanation for your own than a phrase like "compassion" or "humanism". Otherwise it's just God by another name. You are using an empty phrase with no empirical evidence, logical proofs, or deductive reasoning to support your position. Might as well be a Christian...you accuse them of doing the same but at least their pageantry is entertaining.

Mary Owens
Mary Owens

There are no such things as atheists. I said it so therefore it is true.

Guest
Guest

It is good to stir discussion but these tend to be more polarizing than anything.  Most people believe this stuff because they simply don't know why it is false.  I am not sure mocking them is the best public relations strategy.  Educate them.  Maybe put a list of gods born Dec 25th and their supposed dates in order to show this story is not new. 

Motorsports
Motorsports

it will be as Jesus said on the cross, Father forgive them for they know not what they do....actually if an unbeliever could answer this below honestly it may serve to convict him/her of something they can not explain easily if at all.......it is this:Why is it in english that the name Jesus Christ is so often used in workshops, pubs, and any other place where swearing is common practice?This name above all names appears to make the speaker who uses it, feel a sence of  power being infused when this name is spoken.It does indeed have power,.. however the reason it has the conotation of a great feeling and power is for the reason that the evil in man hates Him..as the evil mans father in the spiritual scense is the devil...no other mans name is used to express dipleasure etc is it?Do you ever hear any of the relgions in this world such as mohmad being used in the same way Jesus name is used?Nor any other mans name who claims tro be the messiah from a large number of false beliefs so mr/s unbeliever think on such things.

nanook5
nanook5

ah yes, putting up billboards asserting athiesm's place in american society is EXACTLY like torturing and crucifying jesus. and yes...people shout allah ahkbar....all...the...time...if repetition is a sign of some kind of mystical resonance, does that mean there's a deity out there named "dickballs" that gets stronger every time my computer gets too slow?

Israel Smith
Israel Smith

Well I can't speak for the public school system today... but when I was a jr AND sr in high school (TWO DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOLS IN TWO DIFFERENT STATES) we actually read about JESUS in the world history books(in class).   I realize they don't teach history any more but teach the THEORY of evolution as fact instead, and I realize they don't teach ethics any more but teach moral relativism and doing 'what feels good to one's self' instead.   It's working out so well for our nation isn't it?

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Being homeschooled is NOT the same thing as public school.  Unless it was a catholic school, no school has ever taught fiction as fact.

nanook5
nanook5

again, the entire planet's fossil record

Great school girl
Great school girl

Your very right, we do not celebrate the pegan holiday, we celebrate Hanaka, since Jesus celebrated this. As for his birth it was probably in September since Jesus was born six months after John which we celebrate also. :)

Calladus
Calladus

Luke 2:8 suggests that Christ's birth was not in December.  It is just as likely he was born in June.  The date of John's birth is not mentioned in the Bible.

Great school girl
Great school girl

It does mention a Jewish holiday that was celebrated at a certain month when he was born.

Calladus
Calladus

Thanks! What chapter / verse was that?

Faithless
Faithless

You have my support as well! even though i live in Europe (deep sh*t) 

Great school girl
Great school girl

you are very funny faithless, but you are right about your government.

Joshua landberg
Joshua landberg

this very stupid ad for atheist MY BIBLE SAY JESUS IS GOD JOHN1:1 AND MY BIBLE SAY ATHEIST ARE FOOLS PSALM14:1JESUS IS NOT A MYTH  JESUS CHRIST IS REAL YOU NEED FAITH TO KNOW HE EXIST

nanook5
nanook5

you're somehow making an even less coherent argument for your magic book than the billboard is trying to make. ITS ALL CAPS SO YOU WIN!!!

Great school girl
Great school girl

I put straight up facts on here in my youtube blog, but you are right your faith is what matters, if you have true faith you should be doing good works.

lp&j
lp&j

God doesn't believe in atheists.

Calladus
Calladus

God is an atheist.

Great school girl
Great school girl

Lol, God believe if you repent of your wicked ways and have faith in Jesus Christ u will be saved.All sinners who do this can go to heaven, as for his beliefs God is all knowing and omnipresent.

Calladus
Calladus

"Sin" is a victimless crime.

lp&j
lp&j

be careful and watch your words. life and death are in the tongue. the unpardonable sin is rejecting Christ who gives you true life. i pray that your eyes will be opened from blindness. Blessed is the Name of the Lord.  

nanook5
nanook5

^^^exactly the kind of thought police bull**** these billboards exist for.

Itbok
Itbok

It's real easy to be an atheist as long as you are still alive.

nanook5
nanook5

yeah it's pretty hard to do anything but rot otherwise.

JeremyS
JeremyS

Yep Atheist do get pretty offended when you question their beliefs.  so much so they've launched an attack.  Atheists are giving religion a bad name.

Motorsports
Motorsports

religion gets a bad rap as religion is false..however as anyone reading the scriptures of the Bible will find ..Christ was the most irreligious man ever.Yes religion is doctrin and doctrin kills,.. Warnings Against Denying the Son 18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.  20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[a] 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

Wzardofodd
Wzardofodd

after reading these comments, the xian plaint seems to be why do we complain about them? ,,,because they represent the most insidious evil of our times... ignorance...just what in humanity has caused more pain, death, suffering, torture, ignorance, genocide, etc, etc, etc than religion? ...and in particular the xians...

Tvoe68
Tvoe68

It's all opinion. No one knows definitively that god exists or not. If you are an atheist then why do you care so much about my holiday? Go about your existence in peace and enjoy your time on earth. That's all I'm trying to do.

Calladus
Calladus

Great answer.  But one question - when is "your holiday"?  If you are a Christian celebrating the birth of Christ, you should be doing so in the Spring, and not during the atheistic midwinter solstice, or during Saturnalia.

lp&j
lp&j

april fools day

Calladus
Calladus

So you suggest that the Christian holiday is "April Fools Day"?  That's pretty harsh.  

Atheistbob
Atheistbob

I SEE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE EFFORTS OF FLASH (FLorida Atheists and Secular Humanists) BILLBOARD!  If you DO support our efforts COME TO THE ATHEIST MEETUP ON December 16, 17, 18!  Or, simply donate to FLASH!  We intend to be on the forefront of the atheist movement.  With your help we can turn back the religious yahooism that has a stranglehold on America!

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