LOUISIANA: Triggered Snowflakes Force Removal Of Atheist Holiday Billboard After Two Hours [VIDEO]

Via Raw Story:

A billboard promoting atheism during the holiday season has been run out of town by Christians in Monroe, Louisiana, who deemed it too offensive for their community’s religious sensibilities to tolerate.

This message proved to be so triggering for Christians in the community that they successfully demanded that it be taken down on the grounds that it violated their religious safe space.

“I praise God that there was so much stirred up about it that it was taken down,” Monroe resident Shawn Cooper told KNOE. Nick Fish, the program director for American Atheists, told KNOE that he doesn’t regret offending people with the billboard, as he feels it’s needed to spark conversations about the role of religion in the United States.

More from the local ABC affiliate:

“The fact it says atheist Christmas goes against what they’re trying to push in the first place,” says Joey Kennedy, pastor of New Life Church of God in Bastrop. “We’re kind of the heart of The Bible Belt here. On the east coast or west coast it would probably be more accepted,” says Klitzke.

The billboards lasted less than two hours in Monroe before the billboard company, Outfront Media, suggested the organization take it down. Program director for American Atheists, Nick Fish, says the controversy in Monroe was expected.

Fish says it does not matter if their message was well-received. “They need to get over themselves and realize this is a country with a lot of viewpoints, and they’re not the only ones with a view on this,” Fish says.

  • AW

    Those bigoted racists got their fee fee’s hurt? Poor delicate snowflakes.

    • Nowhereman

      I know, right? Don’t it just bring a little tear to your eye?

  • The_Wretched

    I used to think atheist billboards were a waste of money. Seeing how much the christianists flip out, we need them everywhere. It’s that hurtful to their egos to have even mild reminders that we exist?!

    • Paula
      • The_Wretched

        I like the CoR (Coalition of Reason) billboards and especially the one that just has the word “atheist.”

      • perversatile
      • Nowhereman

        Nice. And it really IS a myth. The world would be so much better off if they’d just accept that.

        • The_Wretched

          I sometimes reply in other places, “It’s ok that you’re into christian mythology but it’s not something I’m into.”

          I’ve yet to meet someone who can effectively argue that it’s not mythology. The smart ones go for “it’s my religion/faith i’ll believe it anyway.”

          • Chucktech

            There seems to be two types of christians. When you call their bullshit, they’re either “it’s my religion/faith i’ll believe it anyway” or thye’re all “NU-UHHH!!11!! YER GOWEN TUH HAY-EL!!!!11!!1” It’s those types who know, deep down inside, that their faith is all bullshit.

          • B Snow

            Kevin Pereira’s response when someone mentioned what they were doing for Lent, way back when Attack of the Show was on: “I respect all superstitions.”

          • Nowhereman

            When I find myself in that situation I usually say that I don’t believe in the supernatural. No gods, no demons. It seems to stop them. I also sometimes tell them that I took a course in comparative religions in high school and found a lot of the creation myths to be quite delightful. (I find the christian one to be the most boring and unimaginative.)

          • The_Wretched

            I completely agree about other creation myths being much more interesting. If they push about what I believe, I start from the a-supernaturalist premise.

          • Nowhereman

            A lot of times it really puts them off their game.

  • watchthewingnuts

    Funny how the right wants to be able to spew their hatemongering rhethoric unfiltered to the world, but when you start calling our their wispy guy in the sky for the fable that it is… the butthurtness level launches to somewhere around “Dick Wadd” on the gay porn scale.

  • ahh yes…northern Louisiana.
    (not that south Louisiana is really much better…except for the pocket of blue around New Orleans.)

  • Tiger Quinn

    It’s 2016 and this kind of crap is still going on.

    • geoffalnutt

      In many parts it’s still 1849.

    • perversatile

      -just practicing for 2017

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I’m atheist and I find that billboard offensive.

    • unclemike

      I’m just offended by the font they chose.

      • olandp

        It should be Helvetica, the gayest of all the fonts.

    • The_Wretched

      Too many small words on it?

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        An unnecessary poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

        • The_Wretched

          Nope, entirely necessary poke in the eye.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            We differ. In the holiday spirit I think they could have been more clever.

          • Mark

            I’d like to have seen a nice gay couple…with kids…..skipping church.

          • Paula

            I know a nice Lesbian couple with kids that will be skipping church.

        • Oikos

          If they don’t get poked in the eye, things will never change.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            Perhaps a billboard that’s up for more than two hours would be more effective.

          • Oikos

            Well yeah, but how will that happen if we don’t at least try?

          • Mark

            two hours is all it took for just about everybody in town – and now the country – to know it was there…..

            Even bad publicity…..

    • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

      Too reminiscent of the slogan of our Dear Leader?

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Well, there’s that too.

        • coram nobis

          There’s also the “C” word, manger and frankincense and all that. Saturnalia or Solstice is more fitting if you don’t buy the Bethlehem legend.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      I’m an atheist, and any time I find myself offended, it’s usually because I’ve some soul-searching to do.

    • perversatile

      I don’t like the billboards along the highways, I’d rather see trees and stuff.

  • justmeeeee

    Who’s Klitzke?

  • PickyPecker
    • Nowhereman

      Wouldn’t THAT be nice. I’ve often imagined what the world and humanity would be like without religious dogma.

  • pch1013

    JESUS WAS A SJW

  • JoeMyGod
  • bkmn

    They don’t like when people point out what a fraud the Christers are.

  • 2patricius2

    Oh, the delicacy of their little feelings. Oh, the weakness of their faith and their god.

    • Latebrosus

      And they scoff at safe spaces, when, like, only the entire world is their safe space.

      • Nowhereman

        And if it isn’t, they will be happy to bomb them into submission with their religion of peace and love…

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          • Jeff Staples

            Your mom pays me more than that to skull fuck her.

      • Nic Peterson

        Jesus said ‘those people don’t deserve a safe space, blessed are the persecutors’. Or something…

        • 2patricius2

          Lol!

    • vorpal

      Hey, we’re talking about the dude who played so badly with his blocks in the beginning that he had to throw a temper tantrum and cry until the entire planet was drowned.

      But those incalculable deaths don’t matter: he kissed it all better by giving us light refraction.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Are there any fun, cute or even morality stories about puppies and kittens in the old book ?

        • zhera

          Well, there’s the one with the bears that ate the children! Will that do?

        • vorpal

          Well, unless that was a female with some serious hormonal imbalance, there is the whole love story about the gay lions on Noah’s Ark…
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f832867aa006dea6ad6e019dcbacfef73d9760dc3a2a3fa16a72b6de14823c8.jpg

          • lymis

            Call Celine Dion. There’s a multimillion dollar theme song in there somewhere.

            Maybe one of the lions was just crossdressing.

          • It’s not just the lions, the antelopes are also males, the giraffes are either both males or both females, the elephants too. Stupid christer artist forgot (or had no clue) about sexual dimorphism in animals. Not only are males of most species much bigger than females they have secondary sexual characteristics such as horns/antlers or in the case of lions, a long luxurious mane of hair.
            …or maybe the artist was punking?

        • Nic Peterson

          No, just war, death, suffering and the occasional concubine. It’s not a good read and the ending is just screams that the original was written by a huge drama queen.

        • lymis

          There’s a whale that ate a prophet, but couldn’t stomach him and had to hork him up three days later.

        • AtticusP

          From what I can recollect, most stories in the Bible end either in drowning or evisceration.

          I wouldn’t wish that on any puppies or kittens, so I hope there’s no mention of them in the Bible.

      • 2patricius2

        Yes. We are talking about the biggest narcissistic, sadistic, genocidal maniac ever.

        • vorpal

          I first read your comment without referencing my original one, and initially thought you were talking about Trump.

          Maybe Trump is the Best Christian® after all!

      • cleos_mom

        According to the theology, the Abrahamic god had no clue that his creation, despite having human-level intelligence, would ever do anything its creator told them not to.

        Any parent of a 2-year-old child could have told him better. But then again, this is a deity who actually had to send scouts to determine the moral climate of a city. (And, at that, a city in one of the most butt-ugly settings on the planet.)

        • vorpal

          Omniscience is hard work. I guess even Yahweh puts on intellectual or visual blinders once in awhile.

          I mean, he’d have to, to let a world with this in it exist. That is some truly sick office chair moves Reverend Alicia’s got going on.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY9DWLJccrc

    • Todd

      The weakness of their faith is something I’ve never been able to understand. In their minds their god is the one true god in all the universe, he/she/it created everything that ever was and will be, and he/she/it has a master plan for the future. Somehow this omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent god is threatened by a billboard put up by a small group of beings on a tiny planet in an average galaxy out of billions of total galaxies. It’s tragic and also humorous that the christians don’t get how ridiculous it is that they feel so threatened by something so innocuous.

      • perversatile
      • Nowhereman

        Their whole religion depends on being down trodden and persecuted, when in fact it is they who do most of the trodding and persecuting. I’m sick of them. It’s 2016 fer chrissakes.

      • Jim Jones

        Christians brag about how with Jesus they are so brave they can walk through the valley of death and fear no evil. But atheists make their peepees hurt.

        Psalm 23:4? Sure!

        • 2patricius2

          Yes. If they cannot deal with a billboard, how could they deal with real persecution? They could learn some things about courage from LGBTQ people who have had to deal with persecution from some right wing Christians all their lives.

      • lymis

        That’s one of the things I most appreciated sbout the Catholics that I was raised among. They took their religion seriously for the most part, but were the first to make fun of all the quirks and weirdness, and in 12 years of Catholic school, nobody ever told us we were supposed to take the Old Testament literally, not even the nuns. They taught us how myth works.

        Over the years I’ve come to say “I was raised what I thought at the time was Catholic” – because I sure as hell don’t recognize what it’s turned into.

        • Chucktech

          These god goofy fucks in LA are not Catholic. Catholics would look at that billboard and say “That’s not very nice!!” No, no, these are bible-thumping, evangelizing, tongues-talking, gospel-swaying, 2nd Amendment-rectifying, god-botherers of the First Order.

          • perversatile

            -you forgot snake handlin’

      • Jeffg166

        As George Carlin has pointed out god needs money. Why? Created the universe, omnipotent and forgot to make financial planning part of the plan.

      • Jerry

        Or the outrage/persecution of not being able to put a manger scene on public property, or public school teachers no longer able to force students to pray to their god.

      • 2patricius2

        Many years ago I talked with a man who was researching beliefs of Charismatic Christians. He said they got really upset when anything was said that conflicted with their faith. I told him that apparently they were not as certain about their beliefs as they wanted to be, and they could not deal with doubt. Otherwise they would not be so threatened.

    • Do Something Nice

      Seriously. I had issues with a few of the atheist billboards but this one isn’t the least bit disrespectful and describes what millions of Christians already do: Skip church.

      • Nowhereman

        I have issues with ALL of the christian billboards, town “welcome signs” that claim to be in the name of god or jesus, and forcing christian (and christian only) “invocations” at public meetings, and “under god” in the Pledge and “in god we trust” as our national motto and so on and so forth.

        • Do Something Nice

          Me too, and I’m not Christian nor am I religious.

          • Nowhereman

            Same here. I’m a lifelong atheist. I was born that way. One of the best things my parents ever did for me was to not have me brainwashed into a religion. It gave me a hell of a lot less to get over as an adult.

        • 2patricius2

          Reminds me of the billboards Catholic dioceses used to put up (maybe some still do) with the message: “Come home for Christmas.” My question was always “Come home to what? The same rejection that so many of us left when we walked out the door years before?”

          • Nowhereman

            I’ve always had a problem with that whole “home for the holidays” crap.

      • Lazycrockett

        I hated HATED Christmas on Sunday’s cause I couldn’t enjoy my toys.

        • gaymex1

          My dad usually came in drunk on Saturday night, so after he was asleep I would hide all the car keys so we couldn’t go to church on Sunday. Poor guy. Nagged, nagged, nagged. Worked for awhile.
          Amazing what a budding gay atheist could think up to stay out of the lord’s house stuffed to capacity with pew after pew of stupidity.

      • lymis

        I agree. “Skip Church” is not an attack on churchgoers or their beliefs.

        If they’re firm in their faith, even a clear and direct attack shouldn’t be a problem. But this isn’t.

        But then, these are people who consider “Happy Holidays” to be an anti-Christian attack, even in November. So I don’t expect much sense from them.

      • Chucktech

        Ah, but these are special, triggered snowflakes…

    • perversatile

      ” He who is without thought may throw the first tantrum”

    • Todd20036

      Indeed. Why we LBGTs need to give up our civil rights to protect their religious butts from hurting, donchaknow!

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      I just wish that they would realize that their god is dead. I mean, I’m all for the denial and mourning process but come on! Get over it already!

  • olandp

    Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion. What about our religious freedom? FADA anyone?

    • Nowhereman

      I know, right? What about OUR religious freedom?

    • The_Wretched

      That’s a big part of why the HL decision is so pathetic. The court supported the ‘religious freedom’ of the Green family who owns HL. Somehow, the religious beliefs of the 30,000 employees didn’t matter.

  • Oikos
    • 2patricius2

      I thought it was only masturbation that caused blindness…. 🙂

      • Oikos

        I thought it caused hairy palms but I am proof it does not.

        • Nowhereman

          Me too, come to think of it.

      • jmax

        I just did it until I needed glasses.

      • Nowhereman

        No–just hairy palms.

    • The_Wretched

      Like smoking, unless taught the practice as a child, religion doesn’t really take for most adults.

      • Oikos

        Half of my family are atheists, the other half bible thumpers. I was taught as a child but rejected it as bullshit when I was 10.

        • vorpal

          My entire family was pretty devout Christian when I was a teen.

          Now, my brother, cousins, aunt, uncle, grandparents, and I are all atheists, my mom is a Buddhist, and my dad is a Deist.

          I’m not sure how that happened, but I’m going to self-righteously assume it’s because I homosexualed at an expert level.

        • Lazycrockett

          I was raised a fundy and just saw through it the older I got, it just seemed like something you grow out of if you experience life and others. My Niece has gone christian crazy in the last couple of years, while the Nephew flat out rejects it as bullshit and tells his poor mamaw that she has wasted her life and time thinking she’s going to see her loved ones again. I’m very proud of him.

          • Oikos

            As I told my mother many times when she said “I raised you to be a christian.”

            You also raised me to be a heterosexual. How did that work out for you?

          • vorpal

            Hahahahaha!

            My mom always says, “I didn’t raise you to be such a little asshole! How did that happen?”

            I respond, “Years of practice, hard work, and dedication!”

            When she first met my husband, she pulled me aside and said, “He’s such a nice boy. Please don’t wreck him!”
            Thanks, mom!

          • Chucktech

            Ha! Great riposte! But if you wanted to play Good Cop, you could say “You raised me to think logically for myself and to use reason. Hence, no god bullshit.”

          • Nowhereman

            We have a family member like that. They went all fundie buybull thumping and gun humping and moved their family from California to Arkansas where I’m sure they fit right in. And of course they voted for Trump.

        • The_Wretched

          I was raised Catholic and went through confirmation (being an ‘adult’ in the church, sort of like a bar mitzvah) and everything. I’m not sure I ever believed them and it didn’t take.

          My local parish also decided to raise the confirmation age from 13 to 17 and have me redo the classes. I was offended and made the classes hard on the teacher. they threw me out and I left smiling.

          • Nowhereman

            You have to wonder what happened to their basic tenets that you needed to be reprogrammed.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Was at at family get together discussing the recent death of a decent, good family acquaintance, and how the church REFUSE burial in cemetery because of a second marriage or some dammed thing. The Elders had to meet and blah blah and voted to DENY eternal wish. . I said : These old LCMS people really need to know and be TOLD that the world has changed. I got some very unpleasant looks.

      • Nowhereman

        I want to include in my will that their be absolutely NO religious falderal anywhere near my body. I am an adamant atheist but if they try it, I’ll figure out a way to come back and haunt them.

        • Jim Jones

          Chose a secular celebrant in advance.

          Universal Life Church Ministers:
          http://www.themonastery.org/gallery
          … officiating marriages, baptisms, renewals, or funerals.

          Other Humanist Celebrants:
          http://thehumanistsociety.org/celebrants/listing/
          conduct humanist, secular, nonreligious, non-theistic and interreligious weddings, memorials, baby naming, and other life-cycle ceremonies.

          • Nowhereman

            Thank you, but I don’t want any services at all. I just want to get the heck outta here as cheaply as possible when I go. If I have any money left, I would rather it be spent on my nephews’ college education.

          • Jim Jones
          • Nowhereman

            I was talking about services after I die. I’m not leaving my country.

          • Jim Jones

            ?? Something, something college?

          • Nowhereman

            I should have gone and looked at the whole post. It’s been a busy few days. But my basic comment stands. None of us should have to leave our country. We are not the interlopers.

    • Nowhereman

      True that. I’ve long thought that children should not be exposed to religion until they are old enough to drink.

    • perversatile
      • Megrim Twist

        Love this.

  • PickyPecker

    David Silverman, president of American Atheists….a heartfelt Xtian holiday message he got on twitter….
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/821d90acc55ebad9fc3577b17058f54a59d0c0235bedf5b4e8f8afef8356f6e2.png

    • Paula

      Charming.

    • Oikos
    • JDS

      Wow like Yom Kippur has NOTHING to do with Chanukha.

    • Nowhereman

      Good grief! What in the hell is he even saying?

    • Marides48

      Peace on Earth etc….

    • John Kusters

      If he’s an atheist, why would be celebrating Hanukkah and Yom Kippur? It makes no sense! Does he even think, bro?

      • Chucktech

        Makes no sense?? He believes in god up in heaven! There’s your “no sense.”

    • ColdCountry

      I’m sorry, that made me lol! You really can’t make this shit up.

  • Gustav2

    If your faith is so weak a billboard can threaten your faith…

  • pgarayt

    Jesus Christ!!

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      WHITE Jesus Christ!!

      • lymis

        Funny, he doesn’t LOOK Jewish!

  • PickyPecker

    RELATED: Now in her later years, my mother has taken to renting out one of those electronic roadside billboards that flash messages. She pays a lease of $1500./mo and orders up bible verses. The sign is placed on the side of one of the major highways in the KC metro area.
    My sister and I have told mom that while it is her money to spend as she wishes, once her funds are drained….we are NOT going to be spending our own money to help her out after wasting her own in such a way.
    Hubby keeps telling me that I need to turn my family embarassments into being funny things…that it would be good for me. ugh.

    • coram nobis

      What about that bit from Matthew 6 about not praying in public?

      • PickyPecker

        I try not to speak with mom about her mythologies. She gets red-faced and won’t listen.

        • coram nobis

          Certainly. My point is, their own contradictions keep coming up. Matthew 6 was about not praying in public ostentatiously, but quietly giving to the needy. Instead, this money goes to an advertising for-profit company, to shout out prayers. Not worth arguing about, maybe, but it does suggest a certain inconsistency.

          • PickyPecker

            Agreed. A while back when she started doing this ridiculous billboard venture, I did suggest that she consider instead donating the funds to a local shelter or food pantry. Again – not heard.

          • Nowhereman

            Is she in full control of her faculties? I ask only because my grandpa sent off a big chunk of his limited retirement money to Billy Graham. He was at that time in the early stages of dementia. My aunt found out what was happening and got power of attorney over his finances. Those hucksters have absolutely no compassion for what they do to families.

          • Jim Jones

            The real test is to come up with a good story and see if they will send any of the money back.

            All you need to know.

          • Jim Jones

            Or St Judes.

            The annual budget for St Jude’s Children’s hospital is under $1 billion. Americans give over $100 billion a year to religious causes. If half that money went to St Judes, there could be a hospital in every state.

            The planet has been around for 4.5 billion years. Yahweh only got in touch with the Jews 2 or 3 thousand years ago to give them instructions. ISTM he could wait a hundred years, say, for us to resume paying his (self appointed) “important servants” the full amount. By that time, we might have cures for nearly every childhood disease.

            If there is a god and judgment, what would she prefer:

            1. I shoved random bible verses in the faces of people who already knew them — or didn’t care

            or,

            2. I helped save the lives of innocent children.

            I know which I would choose.

        • Nowhereman

          My mom was not religious at all–just a christmas tree, a fake fireplace that was my job to assemble each year, and a couple of LPs of christmas carols. Her favorite was The Little Drummer Boy, probably because he was poor, like we were. When she was dying she asked me if I believed in life after death, knowing that I’m an atheist. I told her that I believe that we live on in others’ thoughts and hearts when they remember us.

    • JDS

      It sounds like your Mom has lost her marbles and needs to be put in a home. Pronto.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      holy crap! I don’t think I could handle that.

    • Crow on a Top Hat

      She could try a cheaper option like printing business cards with verses and sticking them on stuff.

    • Silver Badger

      Now, now. Of course you’re going to help. Find her a nice CHEAP nursing home and nose plugs. Visit her twice a year and send her dusting powder for christmas.

    • Gianni

      Boy, that is some family story!

    • ColdCountry

      I’ve heard that those message signs can be hacked. Just sayin’.

      • BudClark

        Oh, yeah! (chuckle)

  • zhera

    Poor, wittle KKKwistians. Were there words written somewhere that didn’t praise White Jeeziz? Oh noes!

  • Gerry Fisher

    I *hate* when snowflakes get triggered.

  • Blake J Butler

    ALL HOLIDAYS MATTER!!!!

    Not everybody celebrates christmas, some celebrate Hanukkah, some celebrate Kwanza, and so on. But if you don’t put frosty or a christmas tree on a coffee cup and christians cry oppression, well guess what this country is becoming more secular cause the people that used to identify as christian used to be at 90%

    Now its somewhere around 60% and probably lower than that. if your mad over a fucking billboard, your own beliefs might be something that you should evaluate on your own.

    if your mad about a billboard on a public street, you have problems. This isn’t hurting anyone, hell if anyone is hurting anybody its the churches that push politics in the pulpit and try to tell people how to vote, that push that some people are deserving of help instead of all, and that you should get preferential treatment in this country because you are christian. No. No. And NO!!! Get a fucking hold of yourself.

    No one rational feels sorry for you.

    • HanyBaal

      That’s How I’m planning to respond to every Merry Xmas: All Holidays Matter. Isn’t it how many responded dismissively to Black Lives Matter?

    • Nowhereman

      Agreed. And I’m sure that it’s a lot less than 60%. Most Americans would claim to be christian even if they hadn’t been to church since Sunday school and couldn’t care less about about god and jesus.

  • Paula

    Skip church? BFD! Its not like it says Make x-mas great again. Burn a church!

  • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

    Atheists are still among the least liked in America, second only to Muslims. Even my fellow Dems don’t like atheists all that much. It’s so nice to be loved.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    ” it violated their religious safe space.”

    They don’t own the whole fucking planet !!

    • Gianni

      My first thought upon reading that was, “Is that a legal thing?” Had to read the whole article to get the story.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Shreveport? No problem then; it’s a hotbed of debauchery.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    And here I am, trying to parse that headline, thinking that an atheist billboard actually caused it to snow in LA.

    • Nowhereman

      Well to be fair, it HAS been a crazy year…

  • PhallicMetaphor

    The message that so many white straight christians I know love to spout when a minority group complains about their portrayal in the media, or messages from the majority is “if you don’t like it or if it’s offensive don’t look”. When it comes to something white christians don’t like that advice works for about two seconds.

    • Nowhereman

      True that. It’s a wonder they lasted for 2 hours. Christians are some of the weakest cry babies on the planet. Their faith must be pretty wobbly.

  • Nowhereman

    So their motto is “Freedom of religion is for ME, not for THEE”. I’m sick of these delusional cry babies. If their religion is so fragile, then maybe they should do a little navel gazing.

  • Crow on a Top Hat

    I may be non-religious but there is no way I’m turning down presents.

    • The_Wretched

      gifts and presents are secular. You can give stuff without it being a religious act.

      • ByronK

        I always give generously. And while the act is not religious in nature, people do tend to invoke God.

        • The_Wretched

          Right, people have been trained to offer praise to god when getting gifts so the christians don’t get offended when they give. The rest of us are usually nice enough to not upset the cultural default and say nothing.

          • Silver Badger

            And then there are those who really enjoy watching their heads pop.

          • Gianni

            You called me out. I’m in that ‘don’t say anything’ category. It’s just not worth it to me to be bothered.

  • HZ81

    Their all-powerful God has quite the glass jaw.

  • we’re still here

    Joe writes the best headlines…

  • rextrek1

    Heck, Im an X-catholic now an Atheist and gay to boot

    • EweTaw

      In that case, instead of going to Hell you’re going to Disney Land!

  • j.martindale

    http://thediscust.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/billboard.jpg

    Brought to you by the superstitious, sanctimonious Xtians who just can’t face up to reality.

    • Todd

      Oh the idiocy. If I don’t believe in their god, why would I then believe in their devil?

      • The_Wretched

        them: “you don’t worship jesus then you’re worshiping satan”

        me: “I don’t worship anyone in the christian pantheon”

        them: “ha! shows what an idiot you are, we worship one god and are monotheists”

        me: “well, you just said you worship jesus, and now that ‘god’ fellow…or was it the triune god who assembles from three parts like a transformer combiner…and there are Mary worshipers…and Satanists…and i’m not sure about that whole praying to saints for intercession part”

        them: “your an idiot, stop mocking my beliefs”

        me: “sure, just stop telling me that I worship on of your gods”….

        • Gianni

          I thought for sure that the answer to your first statement would be, “What’s a pantheon?”

  • Gigi

    Should have replaced it with a Sharia Law billboard.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Confirming once again the Christian notion of the 1st amendment: Free speech is for me, not thee.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    Shit. That billboard was doomed before it ever went up. I lived in Monroe in 1978-79; it probably has one church for every seven and a half people. Also, the Ducks live right across the river in West Monroe. Toast…

    • Gianni

      Well, hey, when a guy loves having his dick treated like a lollipop and that delicate southern flower he married won’t do it, ya gotta adjust.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        Well, one thing they’ll never say about me at my memorial service is that I didn’t do my part to help straight guys who felt deprived in their marriages, the blue-collar ones, with which Monroe was teeming, especially…

        • Gianni

          Aren’t we taught from childhood to “Do unto others…………., and Giving Is Better Than Receiving”? Interesting how this is one area where ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ are satisfied at the very same time.

  • carrot festival

    What time does the book burning start?

  • Xuuths

    Ah, the fear of those who know they are wrong.

  • Schlukitz

    What happened to freedom of speech?

    The religitards demand freedom of religion but condemn freedom to not believe?

  • “We’re kind of the heart of The Bible Belt here. On the east coast or west coast it would probably be more accepted,” says Klitzke.
    Look at this map of divorces in the country… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15c241ce9e86bdc4a0ea1ca0acb715c5993bc85a050782313def2aaafe5eb9db.jpg

    • The_Wretched

      Higher education levels as well as later age of marriage tends to lead to longer marriages and fewer divorces. The religious conservatives are pushed to marry and procreate young as well as to skip higher ed. Higher education levels is also correlated with leaving childhood or family religions.

    • Marides48

      The sanctity of marriage?

      • BudClark

        Serial adultery, more like …

    • Oh those silly xtians! They can’t just see what they are feeling is lust and not love and end up marrying the wrong person. If they would just hop into bed with the person they are lusting about, using protection it would be a no harm no foul situation.

    • Gianni

      That map sorta tells a story – reality check.

  • jsmukg

    The lord thy god is a jealous god; thou shalt have no atheist billboards before him.

  • CatCope

    The First Amendment takes another black eye!
    You can’t handle the Truth!!

    Here in Reno, casinos were forced to take down billboards that showed “scantily” dressed ladies. Bikinis, Oh the horror!!! Parents objected because “sensibilites” blah, blah, blah…….

    • What is with American’s and their horror of seeing the human body scantily clad, or naked for that matter? We are such victims of those puritans.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    The bubble of fake beliefs must be protected at all costs.
    Free your mind!

  • Glen

    Love the title.

    I’m seeing more liberal progressives adopting the language of the right-wing regressives to fire back at them when they bitch and moan about anything, including their own bitching and moaning at the bitching and moaning of those of us on the left over the outrageous election results.

    When they whine and cry over seeing the left rise up and say ‘No were not just going to lay down and let a dirtbag like Trump into the White House without pursuing every possible legal avenue to keep him out of there. Nor are we going to just let him get away with the deplorable policies he’s proposed without a major fight’, then it’s great to fire back at them and call them triggered little snow flakes who ought to go back to the safe space over at Breitbart or InfoWars where they can imagine their ‘victory’ is complete and that they’ve won the war rather than just a single battle.

    I for one, like to remind them that throughout American history, liberal progressive policies have ultimately won in the end, despite the occasional set back and this time will be no different. They can chew on that for awhile and discouragingly know to themselves “Yeah, he’s right.”

  • Rick

    Some people are so touchy about their make-believe friends.

    • perversatile

      It must be terrible to have an imaginary friend
      that does nothing but ignore you.

  • joe ho

    More right-wing PC. Just ask the Dixie Chicks.

  • CityWOOF
    • At first I thought this was a joke but the use of “Very advanced witnessing techniques….” tells me this is for real. Ugh.

      • CityWOOF

        Yep. I was raised Pentecostal and after church we used to stand outside Fisherman’s Wharf and pass out tracts. I think us young kids were used to do this because we were so non-threatening (and cute). But yeah, the language does ring true. So obnoxious.

    • The_Wretched

      It’s the utter hear of assholery to insist someone else follow your religion.

      • CityWOOF

        It sure is.

    • Robert Conner

      Using “very advanced witnessing techniques” can you clear up why the New Testament contains all these lies?

      And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power. (Mark 9:1)

      Didn’t happen. They all died.

      Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. (Mark 13:29-30)

      Nope, that generation passed away.

      …we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)

      Also didn’t happen. Nobody Paul wrote to is “still alive.”

      “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:62)

      So didn’t happen.

      When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. (Matthew 10:23)

      Also didn’t happen. Again.

      Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom. (Matthew 16:28)

      Nope, didn’t happen either. All dead.

      What I am saying, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none… (1 Corinthians 7:29)

      Au contraire, plenty of time. Take a second honeymoon in Ireland. Take your gay spouse.

      Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. (1 Corinthians 10:11)

      Sorry! Wrong again! It’s all still here.

      And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here… (Romans 13:11-12)

      Almost here? Not even close.

      He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)

      Don’t wait up.

      They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:4)

      Good question!

      • Chucktech

        “I know that’s what it says, but this is what it means…”

        • The_Wretched

          the bible on abortion is rather interesting. it has a death penalty for a woman grabbing a man’s junk when he’s fighting her husband but if she’s pregnant and the figher causes her to miscarry, it’s a fine and not death penalty (i.e. not murder). Similarly, a person is not a person until they draw a ‘breath of life’. The bible people weren’t being metaphorical about ‘from your first breath to your last’. they meant it. they have some rather amazing mental gymnastics trying to explain away those points that are pretty damn close to the actual words and apparent meaning of the passages.

        • Robert Conner
          • Chucktech

            LOL!

  • Gianni

    Christian feefees are so easily hurt.

  • Robert Conner

    “We’re kind of the heart of The Bible Belt here.”

    Uh, no. Waco would be the “heart” of the Bible Belt making Louisiana more or less the asshole of the Bible Belt. Somebody clearly don’t know diddly about Bible Belt anatomy.

    • Helen Damnation 🍑™

      We’ve always said if GOD were to give the world an enema, he’d stick the nozzle in Monroe.

    • MBear

      It’s all asshole, baby

  • Richard B

    I lived in this area for 5 months in 1982 and even in those days, the locals were freaky about their religion. Many of the women wore beehive hair dos and were often seen carrying their bibles around with colorful handmade ribbons they made while doing their shopping at the local Safeway.
    My landlord told my employer I was living with a man in a one bedroom apartment and I lost my job. After 5 months religious weirdness, we packed our bags and moved to San Francisco and lived happily ever after. For as long as I live, I vow to never to step in that ass backwards town again.

  • andrew

    Christmas is actually a pagan holiday that Christians stole and Christianized.

  • Spartacus Maximus

    Religious people are completely deluded and don’t know they are deluded, and, worse yet, fight to STAY deluded. It’s like a drowning person refusing a life preserver and asking for more water!

  • “They need to get over themselves and realize this is a country with a lot of viewpoints. . . .”

    Good luck with that.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Their God is a wimp who can’t even take care of himself. Whiners.

  • Helen Damnation 🍑™

    This was not surprising to those of us who live here in Ouachita Parish. The fake-patriot fake-Christains who think they rule the parish have absolutely no respect or even tolerance for those of us who abstain from religious bullshit. FUCK THEM ALL. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3079427ae0c9cc61b7b6f7a167fb86d820f6d436168b926fc7647abd0749388d.jpg

  • jonfromcalifornia

    And the Left is “intolerant”???

  • greenmanTN

    God created Eden, then let the devil in.

    https://youtu.be/LcPMUmcx5eU

    I was raised in a church but past a certain age it started falling apart.

    Now waint a minute. God is so all powerful he can create the worlc in 7 days out of nothing, but he needs us constantly telling him how great he is?

    Sounds kinda needy to me.

    • Gianni

      He doesn’t really need the constant praise, but, apparently, He expects it. And we have to deliver if we want to stay on His good side. Many people are so afraid of crossing God that they praise Him for that fart that came out w/o a little extra to stain their undies.

  • ColdCountry

    They’re claiming the great outdoors as their ‘religious safe space’?? The hell with that! Their faith must be some fragile, is all I can say.

  • JIM W

    So much for the 1st amendment…. I’m an Atheist and I celebrate Xmas with presents to children in the extended family. My husband and I love wrapping up packages and seeing the kids get a kick out of opening them. We have a good meal, no prayers or request for them from anyone. I had all the religious crap I could stomach when I was growing up and it was usually a very sad and lonely time for me. But now, that we don’t get all “holy” about it I rather enjoy it.

  • Gianni

    I guess that they are feeling very insecure about their hold on people’s minds when a billboard saying “Skip Church”, makes them nervous about losing believers/members. It’s also obvious that the boundaries of their “religious safe space” are strictly theirs to determine and expand as necessary.

  • Rt1583

    “I praise God that there was so much stirred up about it that it was taken down,”

    “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

    I guess this doesn’t really mean what they want people to believe it means?

  • JCF

    “he feels it’s needed to spark conversation”

    I agree. As an Episcopalian, I have no hesitation whatsoever in saying that, for me, church is absolutely the BEST part of Christmas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYZuxcgFvvA

    [One of my favorite pieces to sing (St Michael’s Episcopal Choir). By Z. Randall Stroope]

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    Well, so much for freedom of speech. What goes around will come around to this poor state. But thank goodness, they got their religion intact, even if a large number of Christians are on food stamps and welfare

    • BudClark

      Which they will LOSE when The Strumpet comes to power.

  • BudClark

    Yet the MOST liberal non-Southern Baptist Church (Westminster?) is located in Monroe. The late Sand Lawn, author of the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ book, used to be the organist. They seemed more like low-church Episcopalians (chuckle).

  • Halou

    It would seem that a ‘Faith State’ exists in the Middle-West too. Is that ironic?

  • cleos_mom

    If we have a monster snowstorm between now and the 25th, billboards proclaiming that “Jesus is the reason for the season” might be amusing.

  • Otis Pishaw

    Their faith can’t be that strong if a billboard threatens it.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    Christians, especially the entitled shits in the bible belt, disgust me. But i find it interesting that no atheists sees the blatant childishness of countering Christians. Ive yet to see a Pagan billboard telling christians that they dont get their beliefs honestly

  • If their god was real they wouldn’t have to hi-jack traditions from the Pagans and earlier gods like Horus.
    The real ‘reason for the season’ is the winter solstice, nothing more. If their god is so powerful why doesn’t he (or she) appear and resolve all this controversy and all these different denominations?
    Each one thinks they’re version is right. One thing is for sure, they can’t all be right but they CAN all be wrong……