In late October an atheist group in London responded to a Christian evangelism conference’s bus ads by blitzing the city with anti-God billboard ads.
This Christmas season in the United States, Christians and atheists
across the country are primed to stage a similar billboard war of
beliefs. The American Humanist Association is sponsoring ads across the
country—predominantly in major cities—throughout the holiday season
that ask, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.” The
organization hopes to install similar billboards in 46 states as part
of its “Godless Holiday Campaign.” And starting this week in at least
two Colorado cities, a network of atheist, humanist and “freethinking”
organizations is running billboards that read: “Don’t believe in God?
You are not alone.”
“We are trying to reach
our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody
has to hear you,” said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the American
Humanist Association. “Our reason for doing it during the holidays is
there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of
non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its
association with traditional religion.” In response, various
Christian organizations have vowed to reply with billboards of their
own. [AP, 11/12/08; gazette.com, 11/12/08]
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