I’ve mostly steered away from the recent news stories detailing various atheistic advertisements currently being displayed around the world (like the atheist buses, the atheist billboards etc.). The reason is not a lack of interest, but more my ability to update this site regularly enough to give accurate and up to date coverage. They’ve not gone unnoticed, and neither has the cautious and overly pandering nature of the wording.
I can understand the reasoning for the wordings used, especially given the trouble encountered in many locations where atheistic campaigns were planned, but I for one would favour a more aggressive approach. OK, perhaps not aggressive, but at least on par with the stronger wording we see from pro-religion ads all around the country.
I’ve come up with the following, both are designed (to use the term loosely) to fit the mostly Christian area in which I live and work, and I’m pretty sure they’d play well. Both play on the idea that most Christians haven’t read the Bible, or if they have read the Bible, only choose to believe the parts that they agree with. The Bible is one of the most powerful arguments for atheism in existence.
The Atheist Billboard
If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished, but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.
God. Loving slavery since 4000BC.
This billboard is aimed mostly at the black community. Specifically, this is inspired by the recent Gay marriage ban in California, seemingly driven by the black community on the grounds of religious belief. I feel it’s important for the black community in particular to realise that the oppression of homosexuals that they support is based on the same grounding that lead to them being oppressed previously. The justification they are using, was also used by white farmers who kept black slaves.
The Atheist T-Shirt
Jesus said, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea” (Mark 9:42 NKJV).
Jesus (heart)s Drownings
The quote on the T-Shirt is taken from the post where I asked how Christians could possibly love something that would drown their families, and the aim of the T-Shirt is to cause a reaction. People will see the front of the T-Shirt and think, Jesus is about love, he wouldn’t advocate drowning someone, only to see that, the Bible says he does. It’s also a play on the typical “Jesus hearts you” T-Shirts and posters.
Both these designs are reactionary, attack pieces. They imitate the typical ads you see on the sides of Churches all around the country. While I’d like to take the higher moral ground, it’s sometimes fun to fight fire with fire. So with that in mind, what would you like to see promoting atheism?