Oklahoma + FFRF + politics = surefire publicity, right?
The idea for the billboard came from FFRF member Bill Dusenberry — he heard about Gore’s atheism while reading an interview with (Gore’s grandson) Gore Vidal in The Humanist.
… I was brought up by my grandfather who was thirty years a senator. I knew what they’d done to him and I was quite prepared to give as good as he gave.
On your subject, he was a dedicated atheist. Imagine — he was senator for over thirty years in Oklahoma, a hotbed of the Lord Jesus, and they never found out. He never tried to hide it. Once or twice he was talked into being photographed inside that big Methodist church in Washington because a friend of his was the minister. I remember I was taken one Sunday and I said, “Grandpa, what are we doing in this thing?” He said, “Well, my boy, you may ask what we’re doing here. I’m getting votes, I don’t know about you.”
Of course, I doubt most people who drive by the billboard will have any idea who Thomas Gore was…
They’ll assume FFRF is referring to Al Gore, who wasn’t from Oklahoma at all, and wasn’t he religious?, and they’ll just get confused. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the sign? How many people are really going to go to FFRF.org to find out more information?
I’m not sure why FFRF went with the ambiguous route there but maybe it’ll result in a nice history lesson in some local newspapers.