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Friday, November 27, 2009

Bus billboard for religious postmodernists

So you know about the war of the billboards, right? The clever atheist billboard campaign begun in the UK and various, largely less convincing (because derivative or grumpy) religious responses. (Other religious people have been ecstatic, like the Swiss religious school teachers I read about whose recalcitrant pupils finally got interested in talking about religion after seeing the atheist billboards on a field trip to London).

The billboards have been a matter of some debate in Switzerland, with various cantonal bus authorities refusing to run the atheists' ads, while running plenty of (Christian) religious ads -- another piece of Switzerland's current abominable xenophobic fit of religious self-righteousness, like the disgusting referendum this weekend to forbid the construction of minarets, which never ceases to make my blood boil (These damned posters are all over my neighborhood. Hello, German-speaking Europe: targeting individual religious minorities and restricting their civil rights? Haven't we been over this before? If you are Swiss and reading this, please get out and vote this weekend!)

Anyway, back to the billboards. As usual in contemporary public debates over religion, I feel left out.

Here would be my entry (if someone wants to photoshop it up in the right font, I would naturally be obliged):

There's a God, all right, but don't worry: she's not like they say she is.

Also, if you prefer a different metaphor, that's okay too.

Posted by benrosen at November 27, 2009 02:53 PM | Up to blog

Your wish is my entertaining twenty minutes! https://jimmosk1.home.comcast.net/~jimmosk1/benbus.jpg

(Also, take a look at all the examples shown at https://www.dangeroustalk.net/billboard-wars.html -- I've seen the Philadelphia billboard for a few years now, and a short-lived response billboard a few hundred meters further down the same highway declaring God's existence)

Posted by: Jim Moskowitz at November 27, 2009 05:52 PM

There's been some pro-atheist advertisement posters in the NYC subways that were inspired by the London campaign. It got a short mention on the local news, but other than that hasn't seemed to cause much controversy here.

Posted by: Ethan at November 27, 2009 07:59 PM

I love your billboard choice! It's very in line with how I think about religion. Also, I'm amused to note that I know JimMosk IRL and I had no idea he read your blog!

Posted by: Batshua at November 28, 2009 03:23 AM
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