Atheist Billboards: Just Skip Church, It’s All Fake News

NBC News reports:

To the faithful, it’s a road sign on the highway to hell. The American Atheists group has continued an annual tradition by putting up billboards in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, that state “Just Skip Church… It’s All Fake News” alongside an image of the Christian nativity scene.

An attempt to put up two of the same signs in Oklahoma was stymied by the billboard company. Nick Fish, a spokesman for American Atheists, claimed the signs aren’t meant to offend, but to spark a dialogue by adding a topical tag line.

“It’s a way of starting a conversation not just with this organization but within a community,” Fish told NBC News on Wednesday. “The choice is often between being provocative or not being heard at all. If we can start that initial conversation, then we’re doing our jobs to get the ball rolling and get our foot in the door.”

  • greenmanTN

    I don’t know. Hopefully I’m just being a Needlessly Nervous Nellie but this seems like bad timing to me.

    • leastyebejudged

      It certainly does feed into their paranoia.

    • Hologram of Wesley Willis

      Yeah, I kinda cringed tbh.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I think I’m just weary of caring about their feelings though. I am reminded that they wore shirts that used the C word and that woman who wore a T-shirt giving Donald to grab her and an arrow pointing to her crotch and were cool with the pics being on social media.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      My attitude is that they won’t like anything that’s put up. I’ve heard of mild stuff vandalized by the next day.

      • Chucktech

        Usually happens in the land of Dixie.

    • Treant

      Eh, forget ’em, they’ll hate everybody anyway so you might as well just do what you want.

      Personally, I fuck men and don’t go to church. It works for me.

      • Reality.Bites

        I used to work with a guy who primarily went to mosque to pick up women for sex.

        • Treant

          I can respect that, actually. I certainly picked up my share at my mother’s church.

          • Reality.Bites

            of Muslim women? you ARE talented.

        • BlindBill

          seems like the religious leaders go to church to find sex partners …. so why not tithing followers?

    • The_Wretched

      The AA do a billboard every year. Some are better done than others. The fact that they get openly discriminated against when hateful religious billboards dont is the real point.

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN
    • Todd20036

      I believe it. Religion brainwashes quite thoroughly.

      • Jeffg166

        I was recruited, indoctrination and brainwashed from birth. It didn’t take.

        • Todd20036

          My parents were pragmatic. I missed half of Hebrew school because I was taking math classes at night at an accelerated pace.

          Once I was bar mitzvahed, I stopped with the Hebrew school.

          Once I accepted I was gay, I pretty much turned my back on organized religion in general.

          I wouldn’t call myself an atheist, though. More like a deist.

          • Jeffg166

            It’s a short hop, skip and a jump from deist to atheist.

    • Reality.Bites

      And she did actually have a point. I’m basically an atheist by birth, in that I’m descended from two generations of an atheist extended family. I never rejected any religious beliefs.

      Even so, just because of the culture I live in, I don’t spend any time or effort on justifying or understanding my lack of belief in Norse gods, Greek gods, Buddhism, African and Native American religions and countless others. And I’m more emphatic in my rejection of Christianity than Judaism simply BECAUSE of the infinitely more ludicrous Christ myth supposedly happening in a time the world was populated and literate versus a creation myth and a witness-killing flood that’s a reboot myth.

      And in the Northern Ireland of the time I can imagine a lot of their atheists really did pretty much reject one vision more than the other.

      Back in the early 90s I worked with a guy from Northern Ireland who was an atheist. But when I told him the anecdote he didn’t really get it. But he was straight.

      • cleos_mom

        There’s evidence that those flood stories are based on catastrophic floods that occurred at the end of the last ice age. Most likely other badass floods happened during the warmer interludes earlier. We canoed once on the St. Croix river, a very serene (i.e., class 1 or 2) river in Minnesota that was about the width of the Mississippi (downstream) when the glaciers were melting. At the time, travel and communications were so limited that people in those regions might well have thought the floods in their region were worldwide. No one had much of a concept of the size of the ‘world’ then.

        Won’t fly with fundamentalists, though; no angry, suspiciously-humanlike god involved.

        • Reality.Bites

          And just as obviously the Jesus stories are based on one too many Jewish mothers insisting her son was God.

          • cleos_mom

            Cute, but no cigar. The Jews had no concept of a human incarnating as any god, their own or anyone else’s and many of the Torah references to messiah were clearly to a political or military leader.

            Not to mention the generous helpings of virgin births to be had in other groups’ mythologies.

  • Glenn E Ross

    An attempt to put up two of the same signs in Oklahoma was stymied by the billboard company.

    Beliefs based on superstition have more legal protections than beliefs based on rational thought. Explains a lot about the state of our politics.

  • Bluto
  • IDavid

    With the fact there is no documented evidence that JC ever existed, we can still use love as a Christmas beacon with the idea of JC as a focal point. Like Santa and the tooth fairy, they all have their good points. They are still around and gladly so. Other than Xmas, probably best to not mention his name to back some discrimination cause. One looks quite foolish calling a love figure a bigot.

    • Tawreos

      When someone never existed they can be used to serve whatever cause people want them too regardless if it matches the words authors put in the mouths centuries ago.

    • Michael White

      Josephus actually mentioned Jesus in his testimony to Flavius
      http://www.josephus.org/testimonium.htm

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        One mention is pretty thin gruel and he didn’t make a huge enough splash to make it into a lot more historians’ accounts.

        • Michael White

          I am not saying it proves the existence of Jeebus, but that he is mentioned in a history written by a man who trying to kiss up to the emperor for his own advancement.

        • killreligion

          I love the “news” about the sepulcher…. the facts are they now believe the tomb was sealed with first century mortar. The reporting screamed “new evidence the tomb is Jesus’ actual tomb”

          The evidence only confirms the age, not the person buried there. Christian bias at work, similar to a hundred year old reference likely written as part of the propaganda being touted here as a contemporary reference

          I collect ancient objects and must be objective to collect safely. Connecting non existent dots is dangerous and lazy

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        That is a well known forgery. No Jewish person would have written the words that a Xtian monk shoved into his mouth.

        You’re lying for Jesus.

        • Michael White

          See my comment below

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Your other comment isn’t the point.

            A monk in the Middle Ages forged that statement in Josephus’ writings. By citing it as a real source, you’re exposing yourself as an idiot, or a liar.

            Which is it?

          • Michael White

            I don’t know as I do not have access, nor the ability to study original texts. I am sorry I attempted to provide a bit of historical information to a fellow reader. But we don’t help the discussion with absolute statements. Pardon me, I won’t do it again.

          • Bluto

            Please continue doing so, honestly given information contributes to debate & discussion. The rest of us can determine for ourselves the legitimacy & value of that information.
            “Knowledge is good.” ~ Emil Faber

          • Bluto
      • Tawreos

        A mention nearly a century after events that is really only a report on what the people were saying at the time.

        • Michael White

          Just like the epistles and gospels. I was just trying to point out that there was mention of him.

    • Bluto

      Either real or fictional but ignoring the hocus pocus, Jesus was a cool dude with a great message. I would be happy to celebrate his teachings if his modern day disciples did as well.

      • IDavid

        Yeah I’m with ya. Take the good stuff and smell test the rest and Ditch it if need be. Whether he is real isn’t really the point, it’s the message that counts.

        • killreligion

          Missing the point. His creators made him nice and loving to dupe people and use the collective power of the cult that bought it to oppress everyone.

          Separating the nice from the nasty is just playing into the original christians’ plan

          Remember, he is made up, probably in the second century C.E. the love and hanging out with “those people” crap is a story meant to dupe you. Don’t give in to it!

          Better to behave civilly and morally for the right reason: we have to in order for society to work.

          • IDavid

            I just love the cheer of the Xmas season. Even if he didn’t exist, I’d still eat turkey and do presents. I’m not into religion, but I never turn down excitement and fun. Most people don’t even think about Jesus at xmas more than once or twice, too busy partying shopping eating and laughing for the most part.

          • killreligion

            I could not agree more. We are celebrating the solstice and lengthening days, it is indeed a time for joy

            I wouldn’t confuse that with Jesus love which is the brainwashing cult thing. Christmas/saturnalia etc are nature based holidays all humans can enjoy

          • IDavid

            You should take a look at the movie Zeitgeist online, it pegs everything. From the sun (of God) dying for three days (solstice) and coming up (resurrection) again in the East to the apostles representing the 12 zodiac signs. It’s right on. The whole religious thing is a astrological basis with myth over lay. I. E. The Greatest Story Ever Sold.

      • greenmanTN
        • IDavid

          I’ve always liked this

        • Ivan T. Errible

          Well, I’m not particularly impressed by Hindus, but you don’t see ME making a big, passive-aggressive deal out of it, do you?
          And stop sleeping with your nieces; you’re creeping everyone out!

  • Tawreos

    I love the wailing and the gnashing of teeth that these billboards cause among the faithful.

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    I’m going to setup a nativity scene this year. I pitched all the xmas dreck, except for the crech as the figures were painted by my great grandfather.

    It’s going to have two Josephs, surrounding baby Jebus. 🙂

    • Reality.Bites

      At least WE get a surrogate’s permission when we put a baby in.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I’m reminded of last year’s zombie nativity scene. I wonder if he’ll put it up again for this year.

    http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/sycamore-township/zombie-nativity-scene-attacked-by-vandals-owner-says

  • IAMBOWLINGQUEEN
    • Reality.Bites

      Like Joe the plumber. Only successful. (You know those Jews)

      • Kissmagrits

        Joe Smith started a cult and he was very successful.

  • RJ Bone

    It’s a fair bit nicer than how they treat us, by far.

  • PickyPecker
    • RobynWatts

      “While the one on the right is trying to avoid a deadly dagger sticking out though the ceiling.

      Suddenly, out of nowhere, a ninja star is tossed at them both by a unseen foe….”

      Hey, I had to justify the pointy thing sticking on the roof. 😁

    • Reality.Bites

      What a sickening interpretation of something beautiful.

      They’re not fighting. Clearly the one on the right is crouching to give his buddy a hand job, because as we all know T-rex’s arms are too short to let them masturbate themselves.

      Look at dude on the left. He’s loving it.

    • perversatile
      • GanymedeRenard

        IF that event did ever take place, that is.

      • BillyDee4

        INRI = I’m Nailed Right In.

    • Todd20036

      That could be read as a dig on Trump, but of course that’s not hat inbreeds mean

    • ColdCountry

      “Traitors lead to Civil War.”

      Um, yeah. A lot of us have been saying that about, you know, our history.

  • TimCA

    The truth hurts.

  • Christopher
    • RobynWatts

      I think it would work better in a TV spot, myself.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Now there is a worthy cause to donate to.

  • 1980Gardener

    I see no value in mocking the beliefs of others…

    • Todd20036

      If they remained as beliefs, I’d agree with you. But they become justification for civil laws and enshrined bigotries against other religions, sexual orientations, and races.

      So yes, they deserved to be mocked. A LOT

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Forever and ever, amen !

        • GanymedeRenard

          RAmen!

      • GanymedeRenard

        Exactly.

    • killreligion

      Me neither. I do however see value in fighting back against bigotry weirder against us. This is not mocking, it’s part of a war they started.

    • stevenj
      • Macbill

        Like Presidents’ Day, combine the holidays Christmas and Easter.

  • As an Ordained Realist, I believe in reality.

    Therefore, I define godstyle-choices as opiates for relieving Oblivion-Anxiety.

    “Ask your doctor which godstyle-choice is right for you!”*

    *Dangerous and inhumane side effects could occur: Superiority-Delusions, Irrationality, Addiction, et cetera ad infinitum.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_of_the_people https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a96e3954cffd8d5b08ec36c9d7f509dffa0aef5067d183377653985bc6cc952.jpg

    • Todd20036

      I prefer Priapism. Side effects include 4 hour erections

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Todd20036

      Nearly all of them.

      The only tolerable ones, are those who are Christian in name only

  • dogdadny

    If you take a 1,000 babies and raise them without religion or politics, none will grow up to believe in any religion we know or become a member of any political party we know but 50-100 of them will be not be cisgender. Religion and politics are taught, beaten and/or learned beliefs. No one is born “that” way.

    • Paul

      I was born into the Jehovah’s Witnesses cult and was taught that being gay was a sin but not knowing what it meant. For years I thought I was asexual as I wasn’t attracted to women, and so I thought, men.

      Later on when I left that I noticed the tell tale signs. Like always being pleased to see a certain boy when I was at school. It was one of those ‘duh!’ moments.

  • Reality.Bites

    OT:

    https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_large/public/thumbnails/image/2017/11/15/10/greggs-sausage-roll.jpg

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/greggs-says-sorry-advent-calendar-replaces-baby-jesus-sausage-roll-christmas-2017-a8055896.html

    Greggs has apologised after publicity shots for its new ad campaign included a nativity scene in which baby Jesus is replaced by a sausage roll.

    Photos promoting the baker’s new Advent calendar showed three wise men gathered round a manger in the traditional fashion but, rather than gazing in wonder at the son of God, their eyes fall upon a Greggs pastry.

    The stunt was apparently meant to be taken in a light-hearted way but numerous people pointed out that the fresh take on the 2,000-year old scene could cause offence because Jesus was Jewish and eating pork is forbidden in the Jewish faith.

    • killreligion

      People need to get over it and be able to laugh. Not eating something is a choice, we should be able to laugh at ourselves/silly cultural oddities

      Plus someone seems to have taken a bite. The double entendre and reference to RCC canabelism is hilarious.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Ah yes, the usual AA sledgehammer approach to PR. With the special touch of quoting the Dotard in Chief. Brilliant.

  • cleos_mom

    Don’t believe for a nanosecond that the sign will “spark” any “dialogue” that’s constructive in the realm of reality as we know it. But churches and religious groups put up plenty of billboards and I have to look at them — what’s ‘good for the gander is good for the goose.’

  • JDS
  • Kevin Andrews

    Oh the joys of the First Amendment. I’m surprised that the Christ-O-Fascists haven’t torched these installations yet. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54cea54fd5194da4537487ff7d7efebe28e29fb861254d576cbf9f16128d9636.png

    • FelineMama

      EXACTAMUNDO! Let Your god fight it out with the non-believers (if you will) & you stay out of it. Why the F do ‘youse’ proselytizers give a damn! ‘YOUSE’ don’t give a rat’s ass if I’m hungry, out of work, being abused, etc. Get the picture?! YOU talk to your god. Save your energy & live your OWN life. Me Mine!!! JEEEZZEE! How complicated!

  • Jon Doh
    • Ivan T. Errible

      If it’s not a Boston, it’s just a dog.

  • anne marie in philly

    HELL YEAH! TRUTH!

  • Igby

    I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a mini van that read, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” I thought, “Santa Claus is the reason for the season.”

    See, that works too. I guess christianist poetry sucks.

  • Mike Knife

    The Christian religion has been around for thousands of years and it has produced killers, haters and pedophiles. The Christian religion has become a cult of hate and perversion. After 2,000 years It has failed to help make the world a better place and it is now time for something new that really works to help all the people everywhere.

    • Ivan T. Errible

      Jedi Knightism?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I’ve said it time and time again, if your faith is so fragile that it can’t withstand a simple challenge like this, it was never strong to begin with.

    • Smith_90125

      The religious fanatics need to explain how their mythical “god” can create a universe and cause worldwide floods but does nothing to silence one critic. There are only two possibilities:

      1) Their “god” isn’t offended, so the fanatics have no right to be “offended” either.

      2) Their “god” doesn’t exist.

  • Guess

    I need these for my trip on the Interstates through rural (insert southern/midwestern state here)

  • justmeeeee

    I fucking love it

  • GanymedeRenard

    Ha! Good move!

  • Gianni

    I like it, but it will do much more than start a dialogue among the faithful. 🙂