Most anyone who has driven along the highways and byways of America has surely seen the “God Speaks” billboards: basic black with plain white text saying things like
- “One nation under me”
- “All I know is…everything”
- “Life is short. Eternity isn’t”
- “You think it’s hot here?”
- “Big Bang Theory, you’ve got to be kidding”
- “Have you read my #1 best seller? (There will be a test.)”
- “Will the road you’re on get you to My place?”
and a dozen or so others.
Well, Freethought Action is sponsoring the placement of their own billboards which says: “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” with a URL or phone number to their site or a local freethinkers/atheists organization.
Non-believers is the fastest growing sector of America (versus religious beliefs) and as much as 16% of the country is un-believing or non-religious. We have a right to peacefully express ourselves and to suggest to other people who might not realize they’re not freaks for not believing that they’re not alone.
Here’s the unexpected twist, for me, in this: there seems to be no outcry. I tried to Google for Christian Web sites commenting on the billboards, but can’t find any aside from a few simply repeating a Philadelphia Inquirer interview with the guy who put the one up in PA. Aside from the comic linked above, I can’t find anyone saying anything negative. (Except for a ridiculous hyperbolic report by FOX News, but they don’t count.) In fact, I wrote to this paragraph in my blog wholly expecting to comment on how hypocritical and unfair religious groups are being about this, and could find no negative press. This surprises and pleases me considering how much vitriol and hatred I’ve heard with my own ears by Christians against atheists (here in the Midwest). Perhaps one day it can be like this everywhere, where people can say what they want (non-abusive and non-threatening) and co-exist with people of different beliefs.
Sadly, the religious anti-gay protests going on in California over their permitting other consenting adult humans to marry consenting adult humans of the same sex is going pretty strong. So, there’s still a ways to go.