Godless billboard on NJ Turnpike

1/18/2008:

To go along with the previous entry about the religious viewpoints from the Zeitgeist movie, here’s another group promoting those who do not believe in a god.

From NorthJersey.com:

Godless Billboard Greets NYC Area Motorists

“Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.”

hoboken-godless-billboard-nj-turnpike.jpgStarting (January 9, 2008), these words (have been) read by southbound motorists on the New Jersey Turnpike at the section of I-95 near Ridgefield, between the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel. They are part of a highway billboard that features an image of blue sky and clouds with the words superimposed over. The billboard will be placed by FreeThoughtAction, an independent adjunct of the American Humanist Association.

“The point of the billboard is to let nontheistic people, such as atheists and agnostics, know they’re not alone,” explained Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association.

Jan Meshon, founder of FreeThoughtAction, added: “For all the attention given to religion lately, the number of secular Americans is booming.The tide is definitely turning.”

“So why have nontheistic Americans been made to feel marginalized and deviant?” Speckhardt asked. “This billboard demonstrates our will to push back and refuse to be passive in the culture wars. And after so many religious billboards, it’s only fair that we should have one that gives voice to nontheists.”

The billboard will be up until February 3 and is only the first of a series that will appear around the country, raising the public profile of humanists and freethinkers. The billboard is backed by an active Web site at http://www.freethoughtaction.org/ that sets forth the larger mission of the effort and offers ways that individuals can get involved.

This recent surge of anti-religious communications, of course, isn’t without response from the almighty church, right?

I got this email recently in my SPAM folder.

The Bible is under assault!

hoboken-politically-incorrect-guide-to-the-bible.jpgDear Fellow Conservative:

For most Americans, the Bible is a source of divine inspiration, moral guidance, and the foundation of Western civilization.

But for an influential group of academic, government and media elites, it’s the source of most of the evil in the world today.

Everywhere one turns — from television, to mainstream news magazines, to the current avalanche of best-selling atheist tracts — the Bible that millions revere as holy is ridiculed and condemned. The critics say the Bible is full of fables masquerading as history, and that it has regularly incited people to violence and immorality.

But fear not: In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Bible, award-winning journalist Robert J. Hutchinson turns the latest historical scholarship against the mockers, skeptics and deniers to show that not only is the Bible true — but it is also the source of Western ideas of charity, justice, reason, science, and democracy.

Now, for a limited time, HUMAN EVENTS is making The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Bible available to you absolutely FREE.

If god is real, he must be getting a giant kick out of creating the internet and enabling people to communicate better, faster, and further!

Any thoughts on this “religious Friday?”

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15 Comments on "Godless billboard on NJ Turnpike"

Journey
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Journey

January 19 WSJ article about a historian’s picks of the 5 best books on fanaticism.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/ysbqls

homeworld
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there’s also a billboard with a smoldering lower Manhattan

Jay
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I’ve decided to become a pastafarian and worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Rather than be touched by god or a dirty old priest, I want to be touched by his noodly appendage.

Arrrrrrrr.

mrfreddy
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mrfreddy

All these years I’ve been a “nontheist” and I never knew it. Golly!

yourname
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yourname

I noticed that of all the prayers I used to offer to god, and all the prayers that I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answer at about the same 50% rate. Half the time I get what I want. Half the time I don’t. Same as god 50/50. Same as the four leaf clover, the horse shoe, the rabbit’s foot, and the wishing well. Same as the mojo man. Same as the voodoo lady who tells your fortune by squeezing the goat’s testicles. It’s all the same; 50/50. So just pick your superstitions, sit back, make a wish and enjoy yourself. And for those of you that look to the Bible for it’s literary qualities and moral lessons; I got a couple other stories I might like to recommend for you. You might enjoy The Three Little Pigs. That’s a good one. It has a nice happy ending. Then there’s Little Red Riding Hood. Although it does have that one x-rated part where the Big-Bad-Wolf actually eats the grandmother. Which I didn’t care for, by the way. And finally, I’ve always drawn a great deal of moral comfort from Humpty Dumpty. The part I liked best: …and all the king’s horses, and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. That’s because there is no Humpty Dumpty, and there is no god. None. Not one. Never was. No god. [George Carlin, from “You Are All Diseased”.]

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