Battle of the Billboards

imaginenoreligionbillboardThe atheist billboard reading “Imagine No Religion” has been taken down shortly after it was put up in Rancho Cucamonga, California. There were 90 complaints and the city demanded its removal and the General Outdoor company was more than willing to comply. Yet, the billboard on the right a few years ago seems perfectly acceptable in West Virginia. 6566308_70169157efjpg2

I am not sure why Freedom From Religion Foundation did not replace the billboard with “Imagine No Free Speech.”

The West Virginia sign appears to be nothing but a crowd pleaser in West Virginia.
This is a true lesson into deductive reasoning gone terribly wrong by the Rev. E.F. Briggs of Monongah, West Virginia. The Reverend must have been filled with God’s Love on the holidays when he wrote:

Attention: Lunatics Atheists & Their Lawyers
Anti-God is Anti-American
Anti-American is Treason
Traitors Lead to Civil War

If you simply remove the word American and replaced it with Iranian, you would have the perfect sign for Tehran. How about this alternative following the same deductive reasoning:

Attention: Fanatics Theocrats & Their Ministers

God Loves Freedom
Freedom Requires a Separation of Church and State
Separation is Opposed by Religious Fanatics
Religious Fanatics Hate God.

Or then there is the more personal

America Loves Freedom
Freedom Demands Church and State Separation
Rev. Briggs Hates Separation
Rev. Briggs Hates America

Briggs passed away in 2006 so he may be in a better place or, God help him, a pure free speech zone where he has to listen to opposing views for eternity.

For the world according to Briggs, click here.

For the atheist billboard story, click here and here.

61 thoughts on “Battle of the Billboards”

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  3. Sally,

    The thing that is wrong with it is that it’s another example of state sponsored religion per what Mike Appleton wrote under play to pray. Nothing is wrong with putting up a manger scene at your church. State sponsorship of relgion may seem harmless if it’s your religion, but even then it’s not.

    Sally, you were in the air force where you swore to uphold our Constitution. We forbid state sponsored religion in our Constitution. This is for the benefit of the state and religions in general.

    I agree with you that the christmans holiday is very much over commercialized–that just doesn’t apply in this case.

  4. That’s crappy Jill. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, well it’s supposed to be. It’s gotten too commericialized these days.

    I don’t what the problem is with a nativity scene.

    If any other group wanted to put up a temporary display to celebrate their god, then why not? Why do people have to get their underwear in a wad over each other’s religions?

    Respect for each other’s religious beliefs would really go along way these days

  5. This e-VILE group is at it again! I present this story from One News Now–Christian News for now and the end times:

    “The Freedom From Religion Foundation is threatening to sue a small Wisconsin town over a nativity scene on public property.

    Nativity SceneThe nativity scene was erected by a private religious group and stands alone. Manitowoc County executive Bob Ziegelbauer picks up the story.

    “It’s been there every year for 50-ish years, and a local Catholic women’s group puts it up and takes it down and maintains it,” he explains. “And it’s not extraordinary in that it’s a scene that everybody, I think, is familiar with as they go through their day at this time of the year.”

    To set up a display during Christmas, Ziegelbauer says one must get permission from a county panel for that purpose, although he admits he has received no applications.

    “About 15 years ago, someone met with the committee and indicated they were going to file a request and never followed through on it,” he notes. “So other than the one request which has been granted, the short answer would be no.”

    He contends the Foundation apparently just wants to silence the Christian message. Ziegelbauer says they have received offers for free Christian legal assistance, but he believes their rule is legal, fair, and will stand.”

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  8. Well fortunately no one gives a crap about the views of a self important bigot like yourself.

  9. I’ll also have you know, for the record, I am about as far from being ‘trailer trash’ as you might imagine. Whereas Jill, from what she represents and most of what she speaks about, vaguely represents to having grown up in less than ideal surroundings-like what one might find in a trailer park.

    Just like you – ‘trailer trash’.

    There is nothing wrong with ‘that’ unless you allow it to rule your life instead of making you a better person.

    Neither of you have done that, in my view.

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  11. Gee, no more snide comments Patty C?

    Guess you talk a good game until someone calls you on it, huh?

    Don’t worry though, I just emailed Professor Turley regarding your unsolicited harrasment here tonight so I’m sure we can get to the bottom of what it is you think gives you the right to harrass other bloggers.

  12. But if you’re threatening me in some way, which it sounds like when you say “we can do this any time you want”, feel free to state the nature of your threat.

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