Atheists, agnostics display billboards

Campaign’s goal is to share beliefs, make others more comfortable
Associated Press
May 19, 2014
A billboard campaign that features atheists, agnostics and other non-theists sharing messages about their views started recently in northeastern Ohio.
 
Participants in the campaign sponsored by the Wisconsinbased Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Northern Ohio Freethought Society chapter say one goal is to let area non-theists know others share their views and make religious believers more comfortable with them.

A Richmond Heights couple and a University of Akron student are among Ohio residents appearing on some of the 11 billboards in areas including Cleveland and Akron.

“The main idea is to help other freethinkers not be afraid to come out of the closet and know that there are plenty of other people of similar worldview” Mark Tiborsky of Richmond Heights, told The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Tiborsky and his wife Marni appear together on a billboard in Cleveland.

Craig Bauman, a University of Akron student appears on a billboard in Akron.

“I think people need to know that it’s OK to have questions and doubts and I believe they need to have a place to discuss those doubts without judgment,” he told the Akron Beacon Journal.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is a church-state watchdog organization that claims more than 20,000 members, including about 550 in Ohio. The organization debuted its “Out of the Closet” campaign in Madison in 2010 and has taken the campaign to several other U.S. cities.

Comments

thinkagain

The sad existence of an atheist is best summed up in this quote; “...life has no higher purpose than to perpetuate the survival of DNA...life has no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.” Dawkins

Stop It

I don't see the problem.

ladydye_5

What is your purpose in life thinkagain? To convert all of us? To get us all to join your cult? My purpose in life is to raise my kids to be good human beings. To know right from wrong and to treat others with respect. To be productive members of society. To live life and be happy. I do not have a sad existence. Why does everyone think that atheist or agnostics are sad? Do you think that the Buddhists are sad? Do you think those who follow Judaism are sad? Do you think Hindus are sad? Do you think that Sikhs are sad? Do you think everyone is sad but Christians?

thinkagain

The answer is simple.

I am an unashamed Christian who will stand for the Word of God until the day I die. I will spend my days obeying Christ’s command to be salt and light to a lost and dying world. A work that every Christian can and must give themselves to.

There is no other religion, no other system, no other philosophy, or any other way to God except through Jesus Christ.

Good 2 B Me

That is not God's way, judging others based on their beliefs.

Licorice Schtick

You're entitled to your beliefs. You're no entitled to ram them down the throat of others. Why do so many "believers" want to do that?

Informed

But see, you aren't being light to a lost and dying world. You are mean, bigoted, and judgmental. That is not light. You bring darkness and hatred. If you truly are trying to bring light to the world, you are going about it all the wrong way. The way to bring light to the world is to be positive and friendly and helpful and loving and kind and generous. Not by being negative and critical.
The Christians other people respect the most are those that lead by example instead of hate-filled sermons. Ask any non-Christian, and they will tell you that.

thinkagain

Oh yippee, all my troll boys are out in force today.

Truth or tolerance, that is the question. Truth is the answer.

Call me intolerant. I’ll wear that label like a badge of honor. We should never tolerate that which is wrong or that which is evil. Not only should we be intolerant of immorality, if you were a Bible-believing Christian, you would know that we should even hate it.

I serve a loving, intolerant God. Tolerance is the virtue of a man without principles. The word tolerance has degenerated into a synonym for compromise. We must not tolerate beliefs or lifestyles which are false and which will lead us away from truth. For example: homosexuality is a vile sin that brings God's judgment (Romans 1:24-32).

Love the sinner, hate the sin. Are you unwilling to take a stand for God’s Word because you are concerned with what people will think about you? As Christians, God expects and commands us to stand against the evil in this world.

If you have a problem with His commands, you can take it up with Him when you meet Him. Good luck with that…

Truth is hate to those who hate truth.

The accurate description of true hate is defined in John 15:18, Jesus said that they hated Him, and they will hate us too if we follow Him.

mikeylikesit

i came here just to read your comments. you didn't let me down! some of us are fans, not trolls, even if we don't always agree..

thinkagain

Must be from all the marijuana you been smoking. ;)

mikeylikesit

yeah, maybe..

Stop It

lol...peace, love and Bobby Sherman.

Informed

I didn't say anything about tolerance. You need to read my post again. And I do stand up against the evil in this world. But unlike you, I choose to do so in a way that doesn't alienate people but instead encourages them to be the best they can be.
Again, you are not bringing light to anyone. You are not encouraging anyone to get closer to God. You are turning people off to Christianity. I understand your intentions. But you are going about it all the wrong way. And until you accept that and change your m.o., you will continue to push people away from Christianity and maybe even God.

thinkagain

I read it once, that was plenty, maybe you should read it. It was filled with you judging me while preaching about how one shouldn’t be judgmental. I’m sure you don’t even realize just how hypocritical you are?

Informed

Just stating what everyone else on here is thinking. Oh but I'm sure we are all wrong and you are right.

Stop It

Fire and brimstone from the pulpit NEVER works. Threats of eternal damnation don't help the cause, either.

thinkagain Phelps thinks he is gaining sheep by breeding wolves.

SamAdams

Mark Twain had it right when he said, "If Jesus returned today, there is one thing he would NOT be: A Christian."

thinkagain

With comments like that, it’s obvious rational thought is not your forte.

Stop It

Your beliefs are anything BUT rational.

mikeylikesit

he brings light, and, when need be, salt. you get the salt, i guess..

WeThePeople1965

You didn't answer the question.

JMOP

They label themselves "freethinkers"? They also want closeted "freethinkers" to come out.

I'm not sure what the purpose of their organization is, only for questions discussions, and doubt? About what? Being more comfortable around them? I didn't realize I wasn't comfortable around them. Then again, I'm a believer, and not a "freethinker" as them.

Factitious

Thomas Jefferson was influenced by the Freethought movement and had his own impact on it. His views were unique. In 1887, he recommended to his nephew: "Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."

He wrote to Benjamin Rush, in 1803: "To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other."

Contango

The billboard industry has been struggling over the past couple of yrs. due to advertising dollars flowing to the internet and other forms of media.

Good to see that they're getting a few bucks.

Licorice Schtick

Excellent. It helps to discuss religion with a sense of humor.

Licorice Schtick

I believe Jesus would disapprove of too many billboards. God is good. Ugly is bad.

Florence Nightingale

I have no problem with the billboards - to each his own. I am curious about the group's name, though. "Freedom From Religion" - is that what they're striving for? If you're an atheist or agnostic, don't you already have that?

Informed

Not when the right-wing fundamentalists want it shoved down everyone's throat everyday in terms of our government.

Florence Nightingale

Well, the key word there is "want". As long as you're not being forced to attend a worship service or forced to pray, then I'd say you have freedom from religion. (Unfortunately, I don't doubt that there are some fringe elements who think mandatory church - of their denomination, of course -would be a good thing.)

Informed

I was referring to laws that are passed or attempted to get passed, as well as political candidates and their campaigns.

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