Atheist Billboards

Posted on: 02/10/10 11:14 AM | by Jonathan McKee

My Sacramento newspaper featured a story about some new billboards we are seeing around the city… atheist Billboards.

I guess they’re looking to recruit new members.

Here’s a snippet of the article:

A coalition of atheist and agnostic groups have bought billboard space to tell like-minded individuals they are not alone, but not in the godly sense.

Written on billboards are the words “Are you good without God? Millions are.” The message appears on a background of fluffy white clouds and blue sky.

The billboards are part of a nationwide campaign that began last year. Similar billboards went up in Seattle and Tampa Bay in January. Last year, they were seen in more than a dozen cities, including Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati and New York.

I think some people are really concerned about these billboards. I won’t say I’m happy about them… I think they’re sad. But am I concerned that atheists are taking over? Not even close. Remember… atheists make up less than 2% of the U.S. population right now. If that sounds low to you, read this blog I wrote last September where I covered the subject in depth and shared the data from several “religious landscape” surveys and studies.

I think a bigger concern to me would be those who aren’t atheists, but just are “not interested.” This group thinks God probably exists, but they are happy just doing their own thing. They are “not interested” in God or church. They’ve got other things to do! (I spend a whole chapter about this group in my new CONNECT book. I also devote an entire chapter to the “No Way” group, many which are atheists.)

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