If you happened to see the billboard saying “You don’t need God” on your drive home from Ferris last weekend, you were not daydreaming.
An atheist group is spreading the message “You don’t need God” in west Michigan and to six other U.S. cities through the use of billboards.
The campaign called the Center of Inquiry is promoting that life without God is still filled with love and compassion.
Whether you agree with this statement or not, the issue of promoting life without God is still gigantic. Think of a world without something to believe in and telling others not to believe in anything. I wonder what atheists think on their deathbed, because if they spent their whole life promoting there is no God and there happens to be one, well, I guess they are sort of screwed.
Most of us have been raised and educated in some sort of religious way by our parents, friends and even our schools. According to the article “You don’t need God,” 10 percent of Americans claim they reject believing in God. I am sure we all know believers and nonbelievers, but even so, there should not be any religious group telling others what to or what not to believe in. I understand freedom of speech and all that jazz, but I personally believe there is a major difference in the phrases “I don’t need God” and “You don’t need God.” No one has the right to tell another what they need to believe in.
There are people who live through their faith when they have nothing else, including the homeless, the depressed and the outcasts of society. Are these atheist groups going to accept everyone for whom they are, provide people a place to stay when needed and support their local community just as much as a church would? If so, that is great, but to me these billboards are just as bad as posting a billboard saying “There is no Santa Claus.” Have fun with the responses from that billboard.
If children are not allowed to discuss God in public schools and they also read these anti-God billboards (yes, children can read too) I am not sure they will be quite as understanding when asked to sit through an hour long sermon every week, let alone learn about love or compassion.
Many ethical morals a non-religious or religious person has represents some form of religious teaching. This includes lying, stealing, cheating, cursing and so on. Without knowledge of what religion is all about, how is our society supposed to improve loving others and having compassion for those who are less fortunate?
I am not alone on my personal opinion of this campaign. Multiple companies have turned down the offer to place this billboard in public. Some said it went against personal beliefs within their company to saying residents in a certain area would become offended.
I think this billboard is rude. We do not see billboards saying “You need to believe in God” around here. If so, I would love to see those billboards next to each other. Someone please take a picture and send it to our Torch website.