I follow Think Atheist on twitter and last night I saw the tweet about the Atheist billboard in Houston....well I had to go find it since I live in the surrounding area. It was a wee bit of a scavenger hunt but my husband and I finally located it above a liquor store on FM1960.

Here's the article:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/091209-free-thought-bill...

Here's the pictures:

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Atheism is getting respectable at last.
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Love you Houston! ~ San Antonio
Cool! I love your happy smile!
Aww thank you:)
When I clicked on the link it said the article had been moved.
I noticed that too last night when I went to it again, not sure why they did that.
I found the new link for it, turns out they moved it around:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/091209-free-thought-bill...
I'll confess that I LOVE the idea of advocating / marketing atheism. However, I was a little 'taken-aback' by the choice of words selected for this particular bill board. To me, there is a double-entendre that is not terribly helpful.

So, for example, the first and most obvious message taken from the sign is that: "There are other atheists in the community." However, were I a theist (Christian) convinced of supernatural over-seers, I could also reasonably interpret the message to mean: "Even if YOU think there is no God, you are not alone because HE is with you and is watching over you. So watch-out!" It's that second possible-but-improbable interpretation that disappoints me some.

I am personally more satisfied by the bus-board ad displayed in England that says something to the effect that "There most-probably is no god." While it demonstrates modesty and commitment to evidence-based thinking, it is quite clear in its message. What do you all think?
Nope...relax. "You're not alone in not believing in god".....that's the message I saw.
The bus advertisement in England to me is to wishy washy, "there probably isn't a god?" no no no, it should be "there isn't a god"

This Billboard in Houston was clear cut Atheistic to me, but everyone sees what they want to see.
As I recall, the 'probably' was required by the British Advertising Commission, as positive statements require evidence to back them up.

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