The downtown Cincinnati billboard reading "Don’t Believe In God? You are not alone" is moving locations. The billboard is run by Lamar Advertising, but this particular billboard is on private property leased by Lamar. Apparently the landowner has "received multiple, significant threats" either to property, person, or both.

In my opinion, even with the vagueness of the statement, these are clearly threats of terrorism. Who else in an area like that, would threaten a message like that, besides Christians?

If I was that landowner, I'd be calling the police, FBI, and or Homeland Security. But then again, maybe the landowner didn't like the billboard, so made up the threats. Any-which-way, this is a form of terrorism aimed at non-believers, most likely originating from Christians.

Shawn Jeffers, co-coordinator for Cin CoR (Cincinnati Coalition of Reason) said "Everything that has happened shows just how vital our message is. It proves our point, that bigotry against people who don’t believe in a god is still very real in America. Only when we atheists, agnostics and humanists come together and go public about our views will people have a chance to learn that we too are part of the community and deserve respect."

The United Coalition of Reason has now funded fourteen campaigns this year.

Info gleaned from here and here.

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Comment by Morgan Matthew on November 12, 2009 at 12:45pm
lol wow... I can't wait to get our billboards going!
Comment by doubtingSteve on November 12, 2009 at 1:46pm
You really can't assume all the threats are from Christians. Muslim and Judaism share the belief in the same god, even though there are many names
Comment by Stacy B on November 12, 2009 at 3:37pm
It's such a non-threatening statement. It doesn't even express an opinion. I don't see how people can get so worked up over these things.
Comment by Dave G on November 12, 2009 at 3:52pm
Well, as the right loonie Michelle Bachmann said, they consider it dangerous for people to even know we exist.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on November 12, 2009 at 3:55pm
lol seriously Dave?
Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on November 12, 2009 at 4:05pm
OMG!!! I live in Cincinnati, why didn't I hear about this?!!! [Then again, I don't really follow the news during the holiday season. - I get tired of listening to the anchors - and everyone else - whine about the "secularizing of Xmas" and "why can't we just call it a Xmas Tree?!" - Dumba$$s!!!] Anyhow... this makes me angry... but then again... I'm NOT particularly surprised!! Cinci is one of the most conservative cities in Ohio. Atheists are basically invisible hear. And, as far as I know, the Xtian majority here has imposed silence upon us under threat of harrassment and/ or violence. I pass all kinds of silly and harrassing Xtian billboards on the highway, but as soon as one of us puts up a benign one, we have to take it down or face "riots."
Comment by Jay Catt on November 13, 2009 at 2:00pm
Here in the buckle of the belt.. I pass a beautiful, expensive electronic billboard that reads christian slogans all day.. I wish I had the cash to rent time for a quote. I wonder if an Atheist bummer sticker would cause my car to be vandalized. ( its brand new and paid for... I love my lil' Honda) But.. I think I'm willing to risk it. I'll let y'all know how it goes.. um.. anyone suggest where I can a fun bumper sticker ? ? I'm sure they dont sell them here. ( would car insurance cover.. um..ok.. suggest me a good slogan!!. I'll have it printed.)
Comment by Dave G on November 13, 2009 at 4:40pm
@Morgan Seriously. It was part of her rant at Rob Sherman when he wanted to state his opinion on the government giving a few million tax dollars to local churches. She basically told him that atheists should not be allowed to speak and people knowing that we exist was dangerous and evil.

Naturally, she got very little backlash for this, although if she'd tried it with any other minority, they'd have crucified her.
Comment by Jamie E. on November 13, 2009 at 11:28pm
I live in Cincinnati and actually go to school very close to where the billboard currently is. I just heard about this the other day since I don't own a tv and thus cannot watch the news. But this really upset me. First of all, if that were a religious billboard, this would be a non-issue, no one would complain about it. Believers wouldn't be offended, obviously, but I think Atheists would have enough decency to respect a certain religious group's freedom of speech (hell, we've done it for YEARS). Secondly, what actual harm does it really do to anyone? So, you drive by it, and you happen to be, let's say, Christian. At worst, you say a few choice words under your breath and carry on with your day. What actual, physical HARM is being done to you? And threatening the building owners? I think that part just sounds a little fishy. If you ask me, some of the people living around that area complained and Lamar didn't want to get any bad press over it. Of course now, they're all over the news anyway. Sorry about rambling, it's late and I'm mad about this.
Comment by Jamie E. on November 13, 2009 at 11:34pm
Hey, skycomet, I posted the story to your profile.

Also, Jay Catt, I've heard of people having their cars keyed and the like for having Atheist stickers on them, so I've been hesitant about doing it. I did buy some really cool "Republicans for Voldemort" stickers from (I'm a Liberal, so if I offend any Repubs here). But, they have some really awesome and funny stuff there, so you should check it out.


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