Godless Dallas Heathens in the Running for 2012 Atheist Billboard of the Year

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Dallas-area atheists had a controversial and often entertaining 2012, in which they pissed off both movie theaters and Baptist preachers . Our recent cover story about the rise of atheism in Texas also brought furious arguing in the comments section and, in our sister paper in Houston, Bible tracts from someone worried about the immortal souls of our readership.

The ad campaign from the Dallas Fort Worth Coalition of Reason that so displeased area moviegoers was titled "Our Families Are Great Without Religion." Although the movie theater ads never ran, a planned billboard along Interstate 30 went up on schedule. Now, national atheist blog Patheos has nominated it as a contender for best atheist billboard of the year.

There are 19 other nominees, however, and the competition is pretty fierce. The Boulder Atheists came out swinging with "God Is An Imaginary Friend," , while California's Backyard Atheists make the bold claim that "Atheists Are Better Lovers." (Because "no one is watching," you see. In fact, as psychologist Darrel Ray told us during an atheist convention in Austin, a large survey found that Unitarians have the least sexual guilt of any denomination, including atheists and agnostics.)

The winner will receive a $100 donation from Patheos and, we assume, a guaranteed spot in one of hell's classiest circles. Good luck, Dallas.


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janerleblanc
janerleblanc

Good luck, Dallas! I know many of you on those billboards. :)

robbysalz
robbysalz

Wow, I'm astonished. The Dallas billboard is literally the best billboard of the lot! It hits all the marks on design, messaging, and clear communication. This is how you communicate. The rest of the contenders fall short on one of those marks either by being too cheesy or too exclusive (seriously? atheists invading? what a waste of money/opportunity.)

gollyrojer
gollyrojer

There are a lot of things I don't believe. None of them have yet moved me to want a billboard and advertising proclaiming that fact. I don't care whether others disbelieve as I do, as long as nobody's getting hurt or cheated. I'm left-handed, but have never felt a need to organize a group based on or parade celebrating that fact. It's just a fact, as is disbelief. A lifetime of bombardment by Christian propaganda hasn't made me angry or desirous of changing any laws. The billboards with "messages from God" have the same effect on me as the ones by atheists: I smile for a moment, then forget them. I believe what I believe. You have my blessing to believe what you believe. Go in peace; keep warm and well-fed.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Stanford University now has an atheist Chaplain to minister to non-believers, which is as good a reason as any to post a link that's far more interesting than the doings or non-doings of those who don't believe in belief or believe in non-belief and feel good about it, or at least don't feel bad about not doing so.


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dfwheathen
dfwheathen

@gollyrojer That's all good for you! However, there are many atheists in the DFW area who left church and long for the community and fellowship they once had. These billboards are a way of saying, "Hey, there are others out there like you. Come hang out with us." And even if you only went one time I'm sure you'd smile yet again at that breath of fresh air.

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

@adam2610 @gollyrojer So, does that mean they want fellow atheists to gather on Saturday (or Friday) to share in their disbelief? Then sing songs about not believing, listen to a talk about the deaper meaning behind disbelief, and then share some bread and wine to close the deal?

Why not just go to church with all the other agnostics, or better yet, the Unitarians?

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