Billboard reaches out to nonbelievers

Jul 11, 2012 Full story: The Papillion Times 12

The billboard placed by the Omaha Coalition of Reason is near 72nd and Pacific Streets, facing north.

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“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#1 Jul 11, 2012
I can just hear them whining, "stop attacking our religion!" Yet they think they have the right to spread hatred with billboards themselves. Religitards.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#3 Jul 11, 2012
Quote: While publicly touting their minority position on the existence of God could provoke a response in this heavily believing part of the country, they've got a lot of competition for attention from people seeking truth. For example, just around the corner from the atheists' billboard, another giant sign bears a picture of a six-pack of Busch Light beer and the words,“The Cold Truth.”
Unquote.

What has Busch beer got to do with atheism? From this distance I'm not sure I correctly understand what the implication is supposed to be.

And, "While publicly touting their minority position on the existence of God.."
People assume atheists are a small minority, but is that really true?

Perhaps, most people don't think about religion or think it unimportant? Perhaps most people don't take religion too seriously or feel they 'know' that god exists? And do people really think 'Jesus died for our sins'?

Due to the crazy education policy over here in the UK, many people have to pretend to believe to get into certain schools. Often, authorities in the UK segregate children according to their parent's faith.
zach

Omaha, NE

#5 Jul 11, 2012
I find it somewhat ironic that people are criticizing and hating on a billboard for spreading hate. Situational irony right there
havent forgotten

Lamoni, IA

#6 Jul 12, 2012
KittenKoder wrote:
I can just hear them whining, "stop attacking our religion!" Yet they think they have the right to spread hatred with billboards themselves. Religitards.
by they, you mean the rightwing believers, I assume. I am not comfortable with words ending in the suffix "tards" - it looks nasty to me. not clever. What sort of billboards do you see that spread hatred, by the way? i am not in a city.
havent forgotten

Lamoni, IA

#7 Jul 12, 2012
zach wrote:
I find it somewhat ironic that people are criticizing and hating on a billboard for spreading hate. Situational irony right there
the original billboard discussed was not spreading hate. it was just trying to accommodate folks who want to meet other folks who are like-minded on theology. nothing wrong with that.
havent forgotten

Lamoni, IA

#8 Jul 12, 2012
EdSed wrote:
Quote: While publicly touting their minority position on the existence of God could provoke a response in this heavily believing part of the country, they've got a lot of competition for attention from people seeking truth. For example, just around the corner from the atheists' billboard, another giant sign bears a picture of a six-pack of Busch Light beer and the words,“The Cold Truth.”
Unquote.
What has Busch beer got to do with atheism? From this distance I'm not sure I correctly understand what the implication is supposed to be.
And, "While publicly touting their minority position on the existence of God.."
People assume atheists are a small minority, but is that really true?
Perhaps, most people don't think about religion or think it unimportant? Perhaps most people don't take religion too seriously or feel they 'know' that god exists? And do people really think 'Jesus died for our sins'?
Due to the crazy education policy over here in the UK, many people have to pretend to believe to get into certain schools. Often, authorities in the UK segregate children according to their parent's faith.
that last part is interesting. I cannot stand the Church of England regalia in its government, or the royals, or David Cameron or
nick Clegg, for that matter. I just like the horses! I suppose I would have been for the Labor guy who actually got elected leader, Ed Millaband, is it? I loved pm ?. when Tony Blair was outsmarting Cameron, but I did not really approve of Blair on some matters - Iraq and being twins with Bush, in particular. Glad to see your comments and to know you are really there. I went to a Greta Garbo movie festival during a rainy week, but saw plays and sights also. I prefer the country side - flying low over Ireland and England from Shannon to Brussells was beautiful. It is hot here in Iowa - and the media is saying next to nothing about scientists who say that manmade global warming probably accounts for higher extremes of almost everything, ioncluding storms and heat. gotta appease the rightwing Republicans who get the big oil money, and pay for media ads.
England 2012

Hull, UK

#9 Jul 13, 2012
EdSed wrote:
Quote: While publicly touting their minority position on the existence of God could provoke a response in this heavily believing part of the country, they've got a lot of competition for attention from people seeking truth. For example, just around the corner from the atheists' billboard, another giant sign bears a picture of a six-pack of Busch Light beer and the words,“The Cold Truth.”
Unquote.

What has Busch beer got to do with atheism? From this distance I'm not sure I correctly understand what the implication is supposed to be.

And, "While publicly touting their minority position on the existence of God.."
People assume atheists are a small minority, but is that really true?

Perhaps, most people don't think about religion or think it unimportant? Perhaps most people don't take religion too seriously or feel they 'know' that god exists? And do people really think 'Jesus died for our sins'?

Due to the crazy education policy over here in the UK, many people have to pretend to believe to get into certain schools. Often, authorities in the UK segregate children according to their parent's faith.
It's true that parents in the UK pretend to have taken to religion as a ploy to get their kids accepted into certain faith based schools, it's sad, they will attend a church for a year, make themselves known to the clergy, make all the right noises and then chuck it all once their kids accepted at the school, I don't blame em,the faith schools , usually catholic have the best exam results, teachers etc in our state education system. I was born a Catholic and got into the best state school in my area. After attending this school I became a well educated atheist lol. I can't blame any parent for doing what they have to do to get their kids into a top school, it's your duty as a parent, even if it means lying about your faith. Hardly anyone attends church in the UK anymore. organized religion stinks to high heaven! I can't believe how Americans throw money at some of the TV preachers you have over there! the gullible yank isn't that much of a stereotype. we have similar mugs in the UK, but not to the extent as America
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#10 Jul 13, 2012
England 2012 wrote:
<quoted text>
It's true that parents in the UK pretend to have taken to religion as a ploy to get their kids accepted into certain faith based schools, it's sad, they will attend a church for a year, make themselves known to the clergy, make all the right noises and then chuck it all once their kids accepted at the school, I don't blame em,the faith schools , usually catholic have the best exam results, teachers etc in our state education system. I was born a Catholic and got into the best state school in my area. After attending this school I became a well educated atheist lol. I can't blame any parent for doing what they have to do to get their kids into a top school, it's your duty as a parent, even if it means lying about your faith. Hardly anyone attends church in the UK anymore. organized religion stinks to high heaven! I can't believe how Americans throw money at some of the TV preachers you have over there! the gullible yank isn't that much of a stereotype. we have similar mugs in the UK, but not to the extent as America
I entirely agree with you, Eng2012.

D'you get the NSS e-newsletter? They mention that there MIGHT be the first strike against religionism in a UK school by the NUT, perhaps the most militant of the teaching unions...
Quote NSS newsletter....
Barking and Dagenham Council has agreed to the controversial amalgamation of a community school in Dagenham with a neighbouring Church of England voluntary aided Junior School.

At a Cabinet meeting on 11 July the Council decided to close Village Infants community school which will now become part of an expanded William Ford Church of England, complete with a religious ethos that goes beyond collective worship and Religious Education.

Throughout the consultation period, the Council's plans have been opposed by teachers, governors and the majority of parents with children at the school. A petition against the proposals was signed by more than 700 local residents. It has also emerged that governors at William Ford also voted against the amalgamation at a meeting on Monday.
Unquote.

I haven't read other reports of the Council's position, but they seem to have overruled the wishes of both governers and parents. So much for our PM's "free schools" eh?

A similar thing may have happened in Abbey Wood where the RC Church is pouring money into the religiously themed St Paul's RC school which is theoretically 67% RC. I know that part of the world. Do you believe most people there are religious? I certainly don't.

If you want the NSS newsletter, it can be received from this site..
http://www.secularism.org.uk/

I get the BHA, HSS and AHA (humanist) e-newsletters too.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#11 Jul 13, 2012
havent forgotten wrote:
<quoted text> that last part is interesting. I cannot stand the Church of England regalia in its government, or the royals, or David Cameron or
nick Clegg, for that matter. I just like the horses! I suppose I would have been for the Labor guy who actually got elected leader, Ed Millaband, is it? I loved pm ?. when Tony Blair was outsmarting Cameron, but I did not really approve of Blair on some matters - Iraq and being twins with Bush, in particular. Glad to see your comments and to know you are really there. I went to a Greta Garbo movie festival during a rainy week, but saw plays and sights also. I prefer the country side - flying low over Ireland and England from Shannon to Brussells was beautiful. It is hot here in Iowa - and the media is saying next to nothing about scientists who say that manmade global warming probably accounts for higher extremes of almost everything, ioncluding storms and heat. gotta appease the rightwing Republicans who get the big oil money, and pay for media ads.
The economy is top of the agenda. Ed doesn't seem to be religious, but the religious "I do, do God" Cameron probably has better economic policies, at this point. He is also slightly constrained by (atheist) Nick Clegg and the LibDems.

Fortunately, someone's religion or lack of any isn't an issue regarding politicians in this country and doesn't seriously affect people's voting intentions. I wish the same mutual tolerance and understanding were shown in the USA..
http://www.positiveatheism.org/writ/ghwbush.h...

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#12 Aug 14, 2012
havent forgotten wrote:
<quoted text> by they, you mean the rightwing believers, I assume. I am not comfortable with words ending in the suffix "tards" - it looks nasty to me. not clever. What sort of billboards do you see that spread hatred, by the way? i am not in a city.
Ending a word with "tard" is intended to be a nasty insult, it is perverting a legitimate word, retard meaning to stunt growth and advancement, and applying it to the other concept. In this case religiousness, meaning it applies to the religious people who are stunted in growth, however by mashing to two words together it becomes insulting as people are shallow and egotistical enough to react ... as you did.
Lease to Buy

Des Moines, IA

#13 Aug 16, 2012
KittenKoder wrote:
I can just hear them whining, "stop attacking our religion!" Yet they think they have the right to spread hatred with billboards themselves. Religitards.
Freedom of Speech is a bitch, eh 'tard?

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#14 Aug 16, 2012
Lease to Buy wrote:
<quoted text>Freedom of Speech is a bitch, eh 'tard?
Actually, that was my point, and it was proven correct as in another location people are doing exactly what I predicted. Go figure, huh? The religious people are all up in arms about atheist billboards after whining when people said their hate filled religious billboards were just wrong.

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