Remember the billboard that recently went up on Bill Graham Parkway, courtesy of the North Carolina Secular Association?
Five similar versions are also going up in Lakeland, Florida, courtesy of the Atheists of Florida:
They got some press from the local FOX affiliate:
Kieffer and EllenBeth Wachs, director of the organization’s Lakeland chapter, say the point is not to convert Christians to atheism, but rather to send a message this Fourth of July that atheists are Americans too.
“We want to show the inclusiveness of the Pledge of Allegiance and show that this is how the pledge was originally written,” said Wachs.
Vietnam veteran David Kissell thinks it’s a disgrace to our country.
“Our nation was formed under God and its principles and it’s a shame we allow this to happen in our neighborhoods,” Kissell told FOX 13.
This is one of the big lessons we’ve learned from all the atheist billboards: No matter what you write on them, people will be offended.
That’s incentive for not holding back what we say, but I hope we continue with these “atheists can be good,” right-to-the-point kind of messages. They’re far more effective, I think, than ones which try to go after religion.