As most people are aware just a few short weeks ago Mid Ohio Atheists were please to announce three billboards that would be placed in the Mansfield Ohio area. They sported three slogans that were were selected in various ways.
‘There is no God. Don’t believe everything you hear.”
Which was a copy of billboard placed in the Mansfield area by the McElroy Church of Christ
“On the first day man created God”
Which was selected by popular vote in our billboard contest.
Faith is a Virtue.”
Which was selected by the members of Mid Ohio Atheists.
When these billboards went up I anticipated some moaning and groaning along with the possibility of someone defacing one or more of them. I also assumed there was a slight chance that one of the billboards would be forced down. Today we received the news that the owner of the land where one of our billboards was placed has threatened to cancel his lease with Lamar if they do not take down our billboard. Had I been forced to guess which one of the three we put up people would find most offensive and which one we would be forced to take down I would have been wrong. Apparently what people fear the most in Mansfield Ohio is not being told there is no God or that God is an invention of man. No my friends what they fear more than those two messages was a message encouraging the use of reason over faith. The following billboard was deemed offensive by the owner of the land and was removed today.
I always knew reason was a powerful tool.