(Naomi is still having problems with logging in so asked me to do a post on this.)
Christians have been using billboards for some time now as a way of evangelizing. So, atheists, sick of seeing the billboard messages decided a few years ago to put up counter billboards to let everyone know that not all people hold ancient superstitious beliefs, and to also let other atheists know they are not alone and to encourage them to come out of the closet and not be afraid to be themselves.
Christians do not like the atheists billboards very much, and start the boo-hooing persecution nonsense when an atheist organization puts up a billboard simply stating “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” That sends the fundies especially into a tizzy of desire for retaliation.
Here is the latest in the billboard wars right in the middle of Times Square:
CNN)– A new video billboard in New York’s Times Square has a message from creationists, “To all of our atheist friends: Thank God you’re wrong.”
The video advertisement at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan is one of several billboards going up this week in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, paid for by Answers in Genesis.
Answers in Genesis is best known as the multimillion-dollar Christian ministry behind the Creation Museum outside Cincinnati.
The museum presents the case for Young Earth creationism, following what it says is a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis, which says the Earth was created by God in six days less than 10,000 years ago.
Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, said the idea for the advertisements came from an atheist billboard in Times Square at Christmas.
During the holidays, the American Atheists put up a billboard with images of Santa Claus and Jesus that read: “Keep the Merry, dump the myth.”
“The Bible says to contend for the faith,” Ham said. “We thought we should come up with something that would make a statement in the culture, a bold statement, and direct them to our website.
“We’re not against them personally. We’re not trying to attack them personally, but we do believe they’re wrong,” he said.
“From an atheist’s perspective, they believe when they die, they cease to exist. And we say ‘no, you’re not going to cease to exist; you’re going to spend eternity with God or without God. And if you’re an atheist, you’re going to be spending it without God.’ “
Dave Silverman, president of the American Atheists, said he felt sad for creationists when he saw the billboards.
“They refuse to look at the real world. They refuse to look at the evidence we have, and they offer none,” Silverman said. “They might as well be saying, ‘Thank Zeus you’re wrong’ or ‘Thank Thor you’re wrong.’ “
The believers must be getting really nervous since there are so many of us speaking out now. I have heard some of my own relatives saying the “end of times” is here, and about the time for Jesus to come back.
I am so glad that I no longer live in such fear or paranoia and obsession, and am glad that I have accepted the cycle of life and death for what it is.