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Old 03-15-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: 75025 (previously 75254, 90505, 90010, and 60614)
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It's not promoting a church: it's promoting religion in an intimidating way.
But how does that restrict your freedom?
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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A few months ago, an Atheist group out of Fort Worth placed some ads on the city's public transit system that said "millions of people are good without god" which I completely agreed with. I found it pathetic that they were removed, yet I do see how a public transit agency could easily lose potential riders due to Christians typical nature of being extremely narrowminded (I said typical, not all!). It really erks me when a Christian tries to get me to believe their views, when personally, I'm fine with them believing in fairy tales. I'm not telling them not to believe, nor how stupid I really think they are; yet most of the time, they cannot see how contradicting they are by trying to convert me and show me the light. I'd like to possibly try to get more Atheism, Hare Krishna, Buddist, Jewish, etc billboards up to even things up.
I can't speak for the others but Judaism is not a missionary religion; we don't advertise.

If people are going to complain about the atheist signs on the Fort Worth transit system then they need to agree to ban all religious advertising. If you let one in, you have to let them all in.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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I am not a "very religious" person at all--regarding one of the earlier response posts from the OP--

If people are going to complain about the atheist signs on the Fort Worth transit system then they need to agree to ban all religious advertising. If you let one in, you have to let them all in.

The billboard the OP remarked on is not tied to the FTW transit signs on buses--that company has made rules prohibiting any religious/anti-religious ads

Personally I thought that was a mistake--since the "anti" religion signs were not in bad taste/offensive in language at all--just that some churches did not want to see anyone espousing a belief that someone can find happiness w/o a God-based belief system...
that to me would exhibit freedom of choice, religion, and speech
The T's kowtowing to a small group of protestors seemed to be unworthy of an agency that is supposed to represent a CITY with many different points of view...

That being said--
why would a billboard in an area of bars not be the perfect place to reach converts--target marketing--
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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I am not a "very religious" person at all--regarding one of the earlier response posts from the OP--

If people are going to complain about the atheist signs on the Fort Worth transit system then they need to agree to ban all religious advertising. If you let one in, you have to let them all in.

The billboard the OP remarked on is not tied to the FTW transit signs on buses--that company has made rules prohibiting any religious/anti-religious ads

Personally I thought that was a mistake--since the "anti" religion signs were not in bad taste/offensive in language at all--just that some churches did not want to see anyone espousing a belief that someone can find happiness w/o a God-based belief system...
that to me would exhibit freedom of choice, religion, and speech
The T's kowtowing to a small group of protestors seemed to be unworthy of an agency that is supposed to represent a CITY with many different points of view...

That being said--
why would a billboard in an area of bars not be the perfect place to reach converts--target marketing--
Exactly. I don't have a problem with the billboards, but I don't have a problem with anti-religion signs on the buses either. As long as it's not hurting anyone, you should be able to say what you want.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Reality
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You are not looking at the big picture. They are legally using their "freedom of expression" to take away other people's freedom of expression. I think it's obvious.
If it were obvious people besides you would have a clue what you're trying to say. How is a billboard taking away your freedom of expression in any way? If you have the money I'm sure that billboard company would put anything you want up there.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Originally Posted by loves2read View Post
I am not a "very religious" person at all--regarding one of the earlier response posts from the OP--

If people are going to complain about the atheist signs on the Fort Worth transit system then they need to agree to ban all religious advertising. If you let one in, you have to let them all in.

The billboard the OP remarked on is not tied to the FTW transit signs on buses--that company has made rules prohibiting any religious/anti-religious ads

Personally I thought that was a mistake--since the "anti" religion signs were not in bad taste/offensive in language at all--just that some churches did not want to see anyone espousing a belief that someone can find happiness w/o a God-based belief system...
that to me would exhibit freedom of choice, religion, and speech
The T's kowtowing to a small group of protestors seemed to be unworthy of an agency that is supposed to represent a CITY with many different points of view...

That being said--
why would a billboard in an area of bars not be the perfect place to reach converts--target marketing--
I know they're talking about 2 different things. I can read too, thanks.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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Remember the Falun Gong signs on the backs of DART busses a few years ago - they were great. Opening eyes to another possibility of spirituality.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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You are so clueless dude.

The citizens have a right to complain against BS when they see BS: just like Westboro Baptist church has their so-called "right" to harass at funerals.

It's a free country: people are free to hate and rant against billboards and the religious corporations that put them up.
Somehow I think you'd much rather live in Pottersville than Bedford Falls.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Not Dallas, but here is a good one!http://www.flickr.com/photos/30759108@N08/4227353988/ (broken link)
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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I'm telling you most pastors and priests are extremely conservative. They hate the idea of secularism. Back to my original point that some Christian groups are trying to turn Dallas into a more conservative Texas city.
Dallas has ALWAYS been a conservative Texas city. How the heck could it be even more by a friggin billboard?!

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