Remember these billboards put up by American Atheists?
Pat Robertson doesn’t like them.
Ok, ok, that’s not a surprise. BUT. In his rant against billboards (at the 0:57 mark), he manages to rattle off several lies.
1) “Billboards stay up forever unless somebody comes and buys the billboard…”
I assure you the atheist billboards come down on the expiration date. No one’s eager to give our groups more time than we paid for.
2) “[The billboard companies] can deny somebody the right to put up an offensive billboard.”
If they’re truly offensive? Yes, the companies can deny them. If it’s a billboard openly espousing or criticizing religious beliefs? Not necessarily. If the companies allow a pro-Christian billboard to go up, they must allow pro-atheist billboards, too.
3) “There’s no First Amendment that says the billboard companies have to put your atheist message up…”
The First Amendment says the government can’t discriminate on the basis of religion. And the Civil Rights Act of 1964 explains ways companies can’t discriminate.
Robertson says it’s a mistake to put up atheist billboards because drivers would have to see them “All. Day. Long.”
But Christian billboards condemning everyone to hell? Not a problem at all…
(via Atheist Billboards)