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Old 08-14-2012, 03:14 PM
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Because it is, but it wouldn't be illegal for you to do it. The violation of free speech isn't the reaction to this hypothetical billboard. The violation of free speech is when said Christian starts freaking out that everyone else doesn't quietly accept his message.
It's a violation of free speech when someone "freaks out" in response to a message?

Can you elaborate on this, because I am confused.

 
Old 08-14-2012, 03:17 PM
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That was a great speech. I agree with him too. That's why I think the billboard is too much. I'm all for anyone putting up a billboard for any cause, but there's no reason to promote a hateful message.
I thank you for the respectful stance you have taken towards people of faith .
 
Old 08-14-2012, 03:22 PM
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30,000 views of the truth is a conservative estimate.
Perhaps I am misunderstanding you, but are you suggesting that there are 30,000 Christian denominations?

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One of the few actual facts of religion is that they are all based on individual interpretation
It's a *fact* that faith is based upon individual interpretation?

Is this to suggest that organized religion is absent of any dogma?

Taken to it's logical conclusion, I respectfully say that the above logic leads me to believe that faith is relative, and it contains no absolutes.
 
Old 08-14-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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Being PC isn't necessary. We need less PC, as far as I'm concerned.
Agreed, but in this case a pro-atheism billboard in Jebus country is way more effective if it's subtly funny and less overtly confrontational. The response is going to be the same regardless of tone- the trick is to optimize the gulf between the two in order to highlight the inherent ridiculousness of the god botherers. If more people read their Samuel Clemens, they'd know this.
 
Old 08-14-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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Religion is a racket. But I think this group of atheists makes themselves look silly with these billboards. That said, if they can pay for it and the billboard owners want to let them pay for it, I see no difference than any other religious billboard.
 
Old 08-14-2012, 04:54 PM
 
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I wouldn't go so far as to call myself an Athiest, but those billboards are pretty spot on.
 
Old 08-14-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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Religion is a racket. But I think this group of atheists makes themselves look silly with these billboards. That said, if they can pay for it and the billboard owners want to let them pay for it, I see no difference than any other religious billboard.

Organized religions are nothing more than cults that managed to be quite successful. You can see it in action right now with Scientology. People rightly denounce it as a cult, but in a hundred years, it would likely be different.
 
Old 08-14-2012, 05:18 PM
 
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Believers are going to be offended about anything that points out the inherent silliness of their beliefs.

Arguing with them about it will accomplish precisely nothing, aside from reinforcing their beliefs.
 
Old 08-14-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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Believers are going to be offended about anything that points out the inherent silliness of their beliefs.

Arguing with them about it will accomplish precisely nothing, aside from reinforcing their beliefs.
That is a massive generalization. I would not be offended by having a rational, logical conversation with

Your logic fails because it is too broad and borderline stereotype.

All that said, why put up the billboards?
 
Old 08-14-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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All that said, why put up the billboards?
The people who paid $15,000 to put them up said this was the reason(s)
  • "... to ridicule the silliness of religion"
  • "... what we're doing here is raising the awareness of the silly parts of these religions. So that people can ask themselves 'do we want this type of person in the White House."
  • "... their message is to separate religion from politics, and to make people to think twice about who they'll vote for in this upcoming November election."
From the news article linked in the OP.
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