Friday, December 20, 2013

The 29 Most Hilarious Atheist Billboards… And What They Should Really Say



It's the most wonderful time of the year... Although as a Christian I appreciate all of the joyful things that take place during this time of year, I have to say that I also kind of enjoy the atheist billboards that seem to adorn the season as well. What would December be without the great martyrs of atheism trying to make colors like red and green forbidden, or those magnificent "secret Santas" who work behind the scenes to make sure that trees are prohibited from the public square, or better still those altruists who stand firm against those propaganda-laden songs which attempt to remind us of charity and good will towards others. Nevertheless, these modern day Puritan party poopers, have their own form of propaganda, and one of their favorite proselytizing tricks is attempting to create disciples via the medium of gigantic billboards. And while it is true that not all of the billboards and advertisements that are featured below are Christmas related, it has become part of my Advent tradition to see what coal our modern day Scrooges have accrued throughout the year. To be honest, the general overtone of the following billboard messages should inspire sympathy more than anything. It as if these individuals are starring in the Grinch movie and are completely unaware of that fact. Their messages come in two forms. They either try to convince you by employing pure cynicism (i.e. you don't believe this idiotic stuff, do you?), or they do so by attempting to co-opt various Christian virtues, while attributing them to atheism instead (i.e. I am full of love without religion). Frankly, the whole thing smacks of desperation, and is particularly sad during a time of year where religion hangs in the air like a party that's just waiting to happen. Meanwhile in the face of all this merry-making, these modern day Humbugs declare with all of their pride and cynicism; "I would rather be boiled in my own pudding than go to your party!" And yet we must respond, not with a similar contempt or derision, but with the jollity and humor of uncle Scrooge's kind nephew who declares; "We will keep inviting you every year to our celebration until you agree to come!"             



1. The Atheist Story of Creation



…But if man created God, then who created Man?




2. The Happy Atheist



"…And also I'm going to cut your family up into little pieces and store them in my freezer. Or was that not obvious by the maniacal look in my eyes?"




3. The Atheist Baby


"Yes, please do not indoctrinate me, and also please don't put words in my mouth either, because that pretty much amounts to the same thing". Oh no, it's too late! Look at those brain-washed baby eyes.




4. The Ironic Atheist


…or read.




5. Atheist Family Values


Wait a second... I thought science freed me from having to put my faith in something?




6.  The Worst Argument For Atheism 


Whatever these people believe, I want to believe the exact opposite.




7. When Atheists Contemplate


Penny for your thoughts, sir… Oh my, I do believe I have overestimated their net worth.




8. The Santa Atheist



…So said the man who looks nothing like any version of Santa Claus I've ever seen (thank God).




9. Atheist Airlines



Come fly Bah Humbug airlines, where we feel the need to wear Santa hats, smile broadly, and announce that we don't believe in God for no apparent reason!




10. Happy Winter Solstice


"We were simply going to leave this as a question, but since we are such champions of letting people 'think for themselves,' we decided to answer it for you."




11. Is Reality a Person?


"…Because unlike a Christian, I would never try to personify something that was intangible."




12. Senior Atheists


"Now Kay, why are we posing for this photograph again? Don't worry, Harlan, just smile and look happy like the young man told us."




13. The Charitable Work of Atheists


So true! And I want to thank all of the atheists out there for the indisputable fact that they are the primary force behind all the charitable works in the world today.... Oh, they're not? Who is then? Primarily religious organizations? OK, never mind then.




14. Hospitality and Atheism



"… And also I like reading, wearing goddess T-shirts, and entertaining guests. Would you like to try some of this fried stuff I made??? It's shake n' bake and I helped!"




15. Atheist Couples



"…But not too old for the latest hipster convention, or the most recent edition of Awkward Family Photos."




16. Pride and Atheism


"OK, I'm not quite proud yet. But I'm tryin' real hard. It's not easy to believe in nothing, but if you stop your brain from thinkin' and make it fuzzy like so, you too can have just as constipated a look on your face."




17. Atheists and Reason


So taught the Catholic Church more than a thousand years before this blind dude.




18. The Workers Paradise



Signed - Karl Marx, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, and Stephen Uhl.




19. Truth and Atheists


 …What is truth?




20. Romance and Atheism


So said the guy whose marriage proposal sounded something like this; "Hey woman, what you say we get hitched in Vegas this weekend?"




21. Awkward Atheist Family Photos


"…If you're wondering why this photograph should convince you in any way of the merits of atheism, we at the Coalition of Human Reason are working on that answer. We promise to get back to you when we find it."




22. Atheist false gods 

   

"…. Actually, there is one god that I cling to, or rather "hug". I know as an atheist I am not supposed to have imaginary friends, but the trees, they call to me, and I to them. And yes, sometimes we sit together for hours without saying a word and then I spontaneously hug them. Is that so wrong? Go atheism!"




23. The Atheist Non-Sequitur



...Said the girl out of nowhere, apropos of nothing.




24. The Atheist Formula for Success


…Oh, in case you were wondering, that's supposed to be a good thing.




25. Atheist Religion


"Religion not required... Except for this one time when I decided to quote one of the most popular religious/moral sayings ever to be uttered in the history of the world."




26. The Holy Book of Atheism


"If you would like to read more from the Book of Jenn, you can find it on Amazon.com or the Self-Worship section of your local Barnes and Noble. In this masterpiece of modern literature you will discover such brilliant insights as "prayer won't help", and "you can accomplish stuff when you do things". Most importantly though, Jenn reveals the secret to true happiness: 'Without God, everyone is good. And without a standard, you can't possibly fall below it.' Brilliant! Thank you Jenn for proving to me that atheists are not as naive as Christians!"




27. Atheism is Love


"…. You believe me don't you? Please Please believe me! Hey look, I can prove it. See, I made the shape of a heart with my fingers."




28.  An Atheist Celebrates Christmas  


"...So yeah, we decided to put Chinese food in there because we thought that if we didn't it would look too much like a Christian billboard, and that would kind of defeat the point, wouldn't you say?"



29. An Atheist Celebrates Christmas Part 2



Wait, so then why am I writing to Santa? Oh, that's right, not to be logically consistent, but rather to make a point...


18 comments:

  1. Just two comments, from the many that are possible.

    #29 -- That is NYC talking, Upper West Side. So: consider the source.

    #28 -- Why is it that you think it is good to be full of love? The answer might lead you out of the atheist state of mind.

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  2. You are correct about the many comments. In fact, for several of these, like #28, there were different versions. As you say, being "full of love" may lead an atheist to a more theistic conclusion. But isn't that the point of all the billboards that try to associate atheism and virtue.

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  3. Christianity also teaches "to be good for goodness's sake."

    BUT--how do you determine what is really good and true goodness?

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    1. Yep, I thought about that angle. However, it's one thing to be logical and another to be humorous and logical at the same time, and that's where I was attempting to go with this post.

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  4. Ever consider why atheists try this hard to defend their non-belief? Could it be because they strongly sense that something (or someone!) is tugging at their hearts and they're trying to do everything in their power to deny it. For if they crack for a split second, the truth will enter and they will have to change their comfortable lifestyles. From my experience, it is much easier to give spiritual direction to an atheist than it is to a "social Catholic" who is nothing but a lukewarm Catholic, or perhaps even a CINO. That's a much taller task.

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  5. I agree. Sometimes it is far easier to see the truth if you are on the outside of it, than if you have one foot in and one foot out.

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  6. I don't like your comments for 3, 13, 17 (I take it you've NEVER had a bad picture taken of you), 21 (I take it you know him personally), 23 (tree-hugger doesn't necessarily mean tree-worshipper), & 24 (How do to know her name isn't Ashley and she doesn't really like astronomy?). Humor, especially sarcasm, requires the utmost attention to charity from Christians. The comments I listed above I found to be far from funny. Just my opinion.

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  8. Thank you David for your thoughts. Perhaps you are correct, and to whatever extent I have failed in regards to charity, I regret that. However, without speaking to each of your concerns, let me just point out that I am satirizing the advertisement. In order to be fundamentally "uncharitable" the sarcasm would need (it seems) to be directed towards mocking an individual. Yes, the humor is acerbic, and that may not be your style, but that doesn't necessarily make it uncharitable.

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  9. This is a real shaking up; I never knew until now just how much my very real angst in living through these times has unfortunately legs to it. May the Living God somehow penetrate the clueless delusion of all these very sad souls who donated themselves in service to godlessness, and bring them to the Truth of Jesus Christ. For there is very much in evidence diabolism here in these uber-snarky billboards.

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  10. If you believe something does not exist, why bother so much to deny it.

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    1. Fasquelle, why do you INSIST on using logic to understand atheists? :D

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    2. We bother to deny it because we want to spread truth! We are the ones whose eyes have been opened by evidence, common sense, reason, logic, intelligence, and the scientific method. I find these things FAR MORE POWERFUL than faith. I hope you people will someday come to realize that you can live a much better, fulfilling, and exciting life as a free and independant thinker, full of love, honesty, and integrity. I have come to realize that WE are the ultimate creators. There is nothing greater than the power of love, truth, and open communications channels with which to receive these inherent manifestations of our collective energy. An afterlife is not only possible without God, it is highly probable! We now know that dark energy and dark matter exist but we don't know where it is or even what it is. Could this be evidence that there are things beyond our observable 3d realm of spacetime, in either parallel dimensions or existing curled up really tiny in multi-dimensional calabi-yau shapes as described by string theory?This may only be the tip of the iceberg. Quantum physics, string theory, and cosmology provide the answers we all seek. Unfortunately these may become the inevitable barrier at which observation is impossible and where we are no longer able to conduct experiments because we are naturally incapable of measuring things which our physical bodies and mind cannot.

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  11. Leave it to New Advent to promote hate from a self-avowed Catholic. Shame on you.

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  12. Hello Ed, please define hate. Unfortunately this word is thrown around so much today it cheapens (I assume you wouldn't do that). In order for something to be hateful, it must be directed at individuals, not an ad campaign. You call it hateful, I call it lampooning an ad campaign. If you can "hate" ad campaigns, then yes, in this regard I am a "hater" of this poor and intellectually insulting advertising.

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  13. I wonderif any of these avowed atheists ever concidered Pascal`s Wager. They might, just might, reconsider their untenable stance on things religious. Pax et bonum.

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  14. i remember when we were kids in the 60's, we would go to Ft. Worth, Texas for my sisters doctor appointments, she had to have braces on her legs so we went about every 2 months, and the high light of many trips was reading the billboards put up by Madeline Murray O'Hare and her atheist group who were ligating to have prayer removed from all public venues. Her group's atheist billboards were unimaginable and "other worldly" to us. i remember one in particular which said "god is dead"...Nietzsche., and the discussion it prompted in the car. Several months later, on our next trip, we kids were waiting for the response from our father when he saw the board again as he had been uncharacteristically vocal and the subject had been brought up at the supper table many times. As we neared the sign, we were waiting for our father's reaction. A huge smile spread across his face and he simply nodded. The new sign said "nietzsche is dead"...God

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