I'm not shocked, but I am still pretty pissed off. The billboard was to feature local atheists where I live. It was going to be some sort of coming out and to aid in social acceptance. Some church folk complained and now they have to "relocate" to another billboard. I'm sure when it’s on a new billboard it will be removed too. It’s things like this that make me want to scream and tell people to eff off. I see their billboards and their religious propaganda every single day. It wasn't giving out info or trying to "recruit" anyone to being logical, intelligent people. It was simply a picture of a college student and it said "I can be good without god". Kind of like “hey I live in your community, I’m a hardworking college student, and I’m a good person …I just happen to be an atheist”. GRRRRR.

Here is the link if you care to read about it. http://friendlyatheist.com/2011/06/27/atheist-billboard-in-columbus...

 

I know things like this happen too often, but It's the first time it has happened around me that I have been made aware of. Most of the time I can laugh stuff off, but this really makes me angry. This is BS. It's right up there with me having to vote in a church.

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Comment by Kairan Nierde on June 27, 2011 at 9:00pm
Oh, Ohio.  When we had ours up in '09 in Cincinnati, the advertiser took it down after receiving threats.
Comment by Ed on June 27, 2011 at 9:12pm

Atheists need to pool our resources and buy a plot of land here and there next to busy roadways.

Then we can put up our own signs and litter the side of the road. I don't care for billboards as I see it as a reflection of our materialistic society but if others are gonna use um then why not.

 

I love making theists uncomfortable. They need their buttons pushed so they might eventually wake up and use their brain.

Comment by Dr. del Toro on June 27, 2011 at 9:18pm

The first amendment doesn't really apply here unless the billboards are publicly owned or if some aspect of the government played a role in the moving of the ad.

 

I don't know the details, but if this is a private billboard company I'm sure they reserve the right to move or remove any ads at their discretion.  I'm sure the details are included in some sort of contract between the FFRF and the billboard company.

 

I think it's bullshit, but it seems like whatever church or group did the complaining has some sort of influence that made the billboard company feel pressured enough to move the sign.  Such as the theat of a lawsuit (which is not a fight the billboard company would want to spend money on).

 

I think some more investigation into the occurance would be helpful. 

Comment by Andy O. Williams on June 27, 2011 at 9:37pm

I live in the uk and we don't quite have the problems that you have in the states. It seems that having a whole scale national church shoved down your throats for centuries prepares a country fairly (maybe?) well for atheism. We did however have a bus campaign from the humanist society. Nothing offensive but still it drew complaints and I think in some places was removed.

Comment by Dr. del Toro on June 27, 2011 at 9:56pm
I found out that there were threats against the property owner and the sponsor of the ad called the billboard company and asked for it to be moved.
Comment by Meghan McWilliams on June 27, 2011 at 10:28pm

Threats agianst the property owner huh? I wonder what type of threats. This is the type of thing that makes me want to piss them off. I would love to have the money to fund all sorts of offensive "advertisting" or whatever you want to call it. I do understand that the billboard was next to the parking lot of the Christ Cathedral Church http://www.christcchurch.com/  I assume it was their doing.

Comment by MikeLong on June 27, 2011 at 11:47pm
The article said something about being "next to a church". Say I own a successful steak house and some militant vegetarian organisation puts a billboard NEXT DOOR showing a cow hanging in an abattoir saying "Look What You're Eating". I think I might have legal grounds for having it removed.
Comment by MikeLong on June 28, 2011 at 1:39am

Hmmm, I see. So one is perfectly free to try to ruin another's business? Yeah, I guess protests in front of abortion clinics amount to the same thing.

So maybe a Sunday morning protest is in order.

Comment by Michael Rose on June 28, 2011 at 1:12pm
At first glance, I too was insulted by the acts of taking down the billboard? I thought it was going against freedom of religion and wondered why it was allowed to be so. After reading the articles however, it seems as though the church that complained owns and leases out that billboard which ultimately gives them the justification of removal from unwanted signs. However, I still don't particularly see the problem with what the message portrayed. It in no way insulted their faith or tried converting anyone, it was just a positive atheistic awareness ad. In that way, it disgusts me that most Christian followers think they are better than us atheists and denying our simple right to aware others.
Comment by Merlin Mercer on June 28, 2011 at 1:20pm

@Mike Long, a Sunday morning protest sounds fantastic.

 

I just had a conversation with my uncle about how super freakin' sensitive people are now.  So sensitive in fact that people won't tolerate the choices of others.  Let's take this for example, I'm out having a great time and make the comment, "what a gay day!"  A gay man or woman nearby hears and says 'hey that's offensive!"  For lack of a better example.  But you get my point.  I have no problem with homosexuals, in fact I support them.

 

And yet, churches shove indoctrination down everyone's throats by the use of billboards, tracts that they litter all over the place and do we atheist and other non-believers complain and make death threats?

 

I say we hold a silent protest in front of churches (staying outside of the picketing limits as set by law of course) with signs such as "Stop the indoctrination of children" and the like.  Sunday morning, of course, when people are all piled in the church for their weekly indoctrination sessions.

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