Opponents of the billboard seem to have two main objections:
- The billboard is located next to a Christian-owned business.
- The billboard is located in a predominately African American community.
The first objection, as explained by area residents, centers on their expectation that nobody will patronize businesses near the sign. Are religious people really so terrified of encountering messages which might differ from their dogma that they would go so far as to avoid this part of town because of an atheist billboard? If so, I would have to assume that these same people would not own televisions, allow their children to attend public schools, or be able to leave their homes without wearing blindfolds!
This explanation is laughable and seems to merely obscure the real issue - those protesting the sign do not want their children to know that atheists exist. Our very existence is a threat to them for some reason. As Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) said on the floor of the Illinois legislature to atheist activist Rob Sherman:
And it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!For more on this story, see
...You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying!
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