Atheist Billboards in Colorado

To let non-believers, free-thinkers and atheists know that they are not alone, especially in a country like ours that is predominantly Christian.

Joel Guttormson

The Colorado Coaltion for Reason (COCORE) will be putting up billboards around Denver and Colorado Springs bearing the slogan that appeared in Philadelphia.

Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.

That’s all. Letting other non-believers know that there is an organisation in Colorado made of  other non-believers like them. Everybody should be fine with that.

Good news and bad news.

The good news is COCORE received media attention for it from the local ABC news station.

The bad news is that people don’t really get that the billboard says…

Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.

They interviewed Joel Guttormson, president of Metro-State Atheists, and two people from the opposition, Bob Enyart, and Pastor Willard Johnson.

Okay…

*takes deep breath*

Let’s break this down now.

Pastor Willard Johnson of Denver’s Macedonia Baptist Church called the billboards a desperate effort to discredit Christianity.

Okay… What did the billboard say again?

Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.

Again, all it’s saying is that non-believers can connect with other non-believers through an organisation called COCORE. Got that? It shouldn’t be offensive to anybody at all unless the very existence of non-believers offends you.

I shouldn’t be so silly, it probably does.

“The Bible is being fulfilled. It says that in latter days, you have all these kinds of things coming up, trying to disrupt the validity of Christianity,” Johnson said.

I don’t know that that deserves a response.

If they don’t believe in God, how do they believe they came about?

Evolution by natural selection. It’s a concept simple enough you can learn the basics of it playing a simple computer game I know of where you try to catch moths who have variations in colour and speed of flight and see what the next generation produces for about five generations. I’ve explained how evolution by natural selection could cause dinosaurs to evolve into birds many times to children who were ten times younger than you.

We denounce what they are doing. But we do it with love, with gentleness, with decency and with compassion.

Again, we’re just reaching out to other non-believers. You have a problem with that?

Johnson said atheism is a rebellion against Biblical principals and the billboard will likely offend many Christians.

Okay, yeah you do have a problem with non-believers hanging out with non-believers. You’re offended! Very well.

As an aside, if anybody ever gets a photo of them standing next to Richard Dawkins while chewing gum with a backward baseball cap on I’ll post it here on this blog.

Next!

Bob Enyart, a Christian radio host and spokesman for American Right to Life, said it’s hard to ignore the evidence.

*waits for evidence*

The Bible says that faith is the evidence of things not seen. Evidence. If we ignore the evidence for gravity or the Creator, that’s really dangerous.

So you’re saying the fact that people have faith in something is evidence?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

The Electric Monk in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency had faith in the valley he was in being completely pink. The Mormons have faith in twelve golden tablets being shot off into heaven, leaving behind their holy book. The Scientologists have faith in Dianetics. People have faith in Bigfoot, 57 species of humanoid aliens, unicorns, faeries, homeopathy. Why don’t you believe in all the things people have faith in?

Income tax doesn’t not exist because somebody doesn’t believe in it. And the same is true with our Creator.

Right you are. You may not believe in evolution by natural selection, the strong nuclear force, or whatever piece of reality you may reject due to your religious beliefs but that’s not an argument for their non-existence. Again, what gives anybody the opinion that we’re using the billboard as an argument for non-belief instead of, gosh, just trying to let other non-believers know that we’re here?

Golly, but the billboard doesn’t say anything about… oh wait…

Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.

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13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by vreify on November 16, 2008 at 3:00 am

    This is pretty ridiculous.

  2. It is exactly that we’re willing to openly state that we exist, that offends them. We’re not supposed to exist, or if we do, we’re supposed to live our lives in hiding the way the gay population did just a couple of generations ago.

    But as long as we do hide, that allows them to chip away at our rights more and more. The only way to get ahead in the culture war is to come out and come together.

    People thinking that our very existence is intolerable… where could that lead? I think history gives up plenty of examples of why this fight isn’t trivial and why we can’t hide any more.

  3. It’s amazing how these folks are so unaware of how ridiculous their arguments sound. And offending Christians is about as difficult as trying to find a needle in a massive stack full of needles.

  4. Posted by nmmillan on November 16, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Isn’t it funny how there are churches all over the country for people of the same faith to come together and support each other in their beliefs and yet when something comes along to unite other “heathens” in their beliefs, suddenly it’s offensive? I mean we’re really just looking for the same sense of community that these people have, why is that a problem?

  5. Because we all know that we’re only getting together to eat babies. 😛

  6. Silly, silly Christians. I like the liberal Christians, but at the same time, why on earth do the liberal Christians not actively side with the atheists here? Where is the denunciation? A Quaker is more humanist than fundamentalist, and I’m sure they’re on our side here, but why can’t they be vocal about it? *sigh*

  7. Yay! Faith is evidence, so Santa Claus will get me presents! (I thought I had lost all hope) For Christmas, I want a gazillion books and video games, plus that expensive piano lesson DVD I want.

  8. I just wanted to say that I love you for bringing in the Electric Monk.

  9. Posted by wazza on November 16, 2008 at 11:07 am

    mmhmm… anyone who references Douglas Adams automatically wins.

    Where did you get the specific number 57?

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  12. Posted by dawkinswatch on November 25, 2008 at 11:59 am

    I hope these Atheist Billboards will be stronger than the one in Egland, I thought they are promoting Agnosticism rather than Aethism.

    http://dawkinswatch.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/atheist-bus-adverts/

  13. I like the one that says “There’s a REASON Atheists don’t fly planes into buildings.”

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