Make your own atheist billboard

Several people have griped about the in-your-face and not-useful nature of the American Atheists billboard in Times Square (see below).  I agree that it’s not well done, though I think it’s better to have some public display of atheism than none.  But that one could have been much better.

So, I suggest that you submit your atheist slogan for a billboard below (you can also suggest layouts, illustrations, etc.). Maybe the FFRF could use some help with their billboards!  If there’s a really good one, I’ll send the commenter an autographed copy of WEIT.

I liked one reader’s suggestion that the best billboards will awaken the somnolent doubts of believers, and maybe put them over the tipping point of doubt. So here’s my suggestion:

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What’s yours? (Keep posting; I’ll look at them in a week.)  If you’re a former believer, what would have started your mind working?

223 Comments

  1. krzysztof1
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I made a slide using a vista of a river going through some Scandinavian mountains (It’s probably copyright) with text:

    THIS IS YOUR ONLY LIFE.

    Don’t waste it by dreaming about how you’re going to spend the next one. I’ll send you the image if you like.

    • krzysztof1
      Posted December 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

      That last sentence isn’t part of the slide!

  2. John Rhino
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    How about a picture of the crucifixion with the ‘my God’ quote and the caption
    The moment Jesus also realised. . .

  3. Azhael
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    I liked the Homer simpson approach xD
    My choice of billboard would be the text “Every time you pray and go to church you are making Zeus madder and madder”
    With a picture of a really cross Zeus about to fry some infidel with a bolt.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:05 am | Permalink

      Ha ha! I like that one!

  4. John Rhino
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    A picture of a kangaroo and a capybara leaving the Ark atop a mountain.
    Caption: Can you direct me to Australia please? No idea mate, I’ve got to walk to Brazil.

  5. Robert Seidel
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    One with an ecumenical note, that will also work for non-christians:

    Two figures, a greeting Jesus and greeting Buddha / Ganesha / Man with a blank patch for a face on opposite sites of the board. In the middle:

    “Got the right one? How can you be sure?”

  6. bruce
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    My vote would be for the “Teach the Controversy” series. Humour is the best way to make people think, and these posters show ludicrous this slogan is.

  7. Kevin
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    “If you believe in god, keep it in your head. That is where it came from.”

  8. papalinton
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Close-up photo of a neck, and necklace with a little gold-plated electric chair hanging off of it.

    Caption:

    What today’s Catholic kids would be wearing around their necks if Jesus was executed today.

    • papalinton
      Posted December 23, 2013 at 7:00 am | Permalink

      Ditch the first ‘today’.

  9. Posted December 23, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    “2.1 billion people believe in the Christian God – over 5 billion people do not”

  10. secularjew
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    How about a billboard with the old chestnut, “Why won’t God heal amputees?”

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted December 24, 2013 at 2:00 am | Permalink

      Because it takes two hands to pray with?

    • Bo Gardiner
      Posted December 23, 2013 at 8:52 am | Permalink

      Their text (both beautiful photos of children in nature):

      ———————————————
      Meaning, joy, purpose, afterlife…

      …can all be found in leaving this world a better place.

      American Atheists
      ———————————————
      My goodness…

      …comes from caring about others and the planet.

      I’m your atheist neighbor.

    • secularjew
      Posted December 23, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Not bad. They’re a little reminiscent of the kind of ads you get from the Church of Latter-day Saints, though maybe that’s not a bad thing.

      • Bo Gardiner
        Posted December 23, 2013 at 9:09 am | Permalink

        I haven’t seen those, so any similarity is unintentional.

        Or divinely inspired.

  11. JimmyHaulinHogs
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    If God could speak…

    “How dare you think I commanded such evil and wickedness like the genocides in the Bible! Who wrote that?!?”

  12. Kevin
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    “God’s plan does’t include wireless, so stop trying to make contact.”

  13. Posted December 23, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    a) – four versions:

    “You worship a god that gives children cancer and then lets them die in agony?

    ….

    1) Yeah, we think that is disgusting”

    2) What did Jesus die for, again?”

    3) And you pay for that ‘privilege’?”

    4) And you want to lecture me about morality?”

    -American Non Believers, the second largest religious denomination in the country
    ………………
    b):

    Famine. Kids dying of cancer. War. Natural disasters.

    … When a REAL god shows up that does something about these things, we will be first in line to offer thanks.

    -American Non Believers, etc

  14. Posted December 23, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Well, I already have my own atheist billboard, #36 here http://ffrf.org/uploads/images/SacBB/index.html

    It’s the result of trying to squeeze a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote onto a billboard. If given total freedom, I would have put up a picture of myself and my son and our telescope, and a Krauss inspired quote about how we feel awe and wonder looking through our telescope, but it’s better, because it’s real.

    I think you have to consider the intent of each campaign. Silverman states that AA’s campaign it intended to get cultural Christians to give up faking the Christian part and just be secular. One of the other Sacramento 55 Billboard participants stated that at one point she thought it was just “the thing to do” to teach her child Christianity as if it was true, even though she didn’t believe it.

    The FFRF campaign is closely modeled on the LGBT Out campaign. And I would even compare the LDS “And I’m a Mormon” campaign. It’s easy to demonize what you don’t know. But when you find out that the soccer mom and dad that your kids has been playing with for two years happen to be atheists, it’s harder to keep hating and fearing atheists. It also has the affect that it makes it easier for others in the closet to feel safer about coming out themselves.

    I’m not trying to convince anyone that there are no gods. I’m just trying to get them to accept me as a fellow human being.

  15. Rhetoric
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    “Thor promised an end to all frost giants. Jesus promised an end to all sin.

    I don’t see any frost giants around.”

  16. Stephen Pilotte
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    MORALITY DOESNT COME FROM RELIGION

    I think that for a lot of people our morality comes from religion. Wich is totally false of course but for them atheists = ok to steal, murder, lie, etc. This billboard might bring beleivers into asking where from if not from religion?

  17. wildhog
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    I like the comparative religion angle.. Im probably getting this from something Ive seen before at some point, but I would like a billboard with images of several of the more popular gods with the caption, “All gods are imaginary”.

  18. wildhog
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    One I liked that I have definitely seen before – I think it was Atheists of Florida who put it up – just had a photo of a blue sky with clouds and the words “Dont believe in god? Join the club”.

  19. Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    “Faith means the purposeful suspension of critical thinking – it’s nothing to be admired” — Bill Maher

    Found here.

  20. Posted December 24, 2013 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    Picture of a 7 year old child looking very distressed as an adult says

    “You are an accursed sinner and you are bound for hell. Your only hope is for a god to save you. For that you must admit to him that you are bad and you must worship him abjectly. From now, until you die, you must always be at war with yourself.”

    The caption reads “Child Abuse”

  21. Posted December 24, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Hell is only for those who believe in it.


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