Many of you likely remember the billboard that went around several months ago from the McElroy Church of Christ. Well after the unintended press from their Billboard, which unintentionally drove people to our site, MOA decided that we would start a fund and raise money to do a Billboard of our own. It actually went to well, and before we knew it we had enough for three billboards and the backing of American Atheists. The plan had become to do a reply billboard to the McElroy Church of Christ along with a calling card Billboard and a modified version of the Lincoln Tunnel Billboard that American Atheists were doing.
Not much difference between those two boards.
Point of clarification, the original board pictured was put up with a Company called Lamar by the McElroy Church of Christ in the Mansfield Ohio area. It was posted to show we took our Billboard directly from what a Church had previously posted in the same Area. The two photos of Billboards at the bottom of this post are photos of Religious billboards put up by Lind, including one that accuses the majority of Christians who attend Church of having the ‘Mark of the Beast’ for not attending Church on Saturday. Sorry for any misunderstanding. -Michael
We contacted LIND Billboard Company and worked with a very Nice Sales Rep named Kristin Yoshioka. We spent several weeks exchanging emails, planning locations, and reviewing the graphics for the Billboards. In late October everything was ready to go. They had the final Graphic, had done the mock ups and we had approved them. Everything seemed to be going off with out a hitch and I was extremely pleased with the company.
Fast forward to today, November 22nd 2011. This morning I recieved an email from the Vice President of LIND advising me of the following.
I got a little sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. See I’ve always been an out spoken Atheist, as long as I’ve been an Atheist. I’m use to people wanting to talk, argue, or save my soul, but I had yet to ever feel the sting of discrimination. I swallowed the lump in my throat and sent an email back to the Maura S Siegenthaler asking her why they choose to wait till just before the Holiday when we had months of contact with their company and they had our graphics for weeks. I then attempted to call her but was told she was unavailable. The following reply reinforced my initial gut feeling, it really was because we are Atheists spreading an Atheist message. Mrs. Siegenthaler this time went without the offical LIND letter head and replied to my email a couple of hours later.
The content of the proposed displays was supposed to have been approved beforehand by senior management at Lind, but unfortunately was not. When the content of your proposed displays did recently come to the attention of senior management, it was felt that a legal opinion was needed as to whether the content of the proposed displays might constitute a violation of the terms and conditions of Lind’s lease agreements for the billboard structures at which the posters would be displayed. Legal counsel determined that such displays could constitute a violation of such lease terms and conditions. Moreover, the inflammatory nature of the proposed displays would no doubt be considered offensive to much of the community and would be harmful to Lind’s community reputation and goodwill. Lind has always and will continue to reserve the right not to publish advertisements which, in its sole opinion, are obscene, unnecessarily offensive and/or not in the best interests of the community at large. We regret any inconvenience this might have caused your organization and Lind will bear the costs it has already incurred in the production of the displays without charge.
My heart sank a bit. I had really thought I would get a reply that said something like ‘Sorry, but we screwed up and mailed your graphics to Toronto’ or ‘We over booked our locations’. While I do admire the honesty I really never expected someone to call our images “obscene, unnecessarily offensive and/or not in the best interests of the community at large”.
I mean come on how obscene or unnecessarily offensive is that?
Sure some might call the last Billboard “not in the best interests of the community at large” but to all those Atheists out there who are alone and think their the only ones on the planet who doesn’t believe in God this billboard is defiantly in their best interest.
I mean they had no problem putting these billboards up..
But somehow ours were “obscene, unnecessarily offensive and/or not in the best interests of the community at large.”
Thanks LIND for showing us what a double standard looks like!
Contact LIND and let them know what you think of their double standard.
409-411 North Main Street
Mansfield, OH 44902
Lind Media Company
409 North Main Street
Mansfield, Ohio 44902