Recently, a controversial billboard with a depiction of a slave bound by a four-pronged iron collar was erected in Pennsylvania, a few blocks from the state capitol. The good news is that it was vandalized, defaced, and labeled as a hate crime less than 24 hours after appearing…
The ad was created and funded by the American Atheist and the Pennsylvania Nonbelievers who are saying that their approach is just a history lesson. Their hope was only for state representatives to reconsider and eventually reject H.R. 535, a non-binding resolution declaring 2012 “The Year of the Bible.” Apparently, state representatives believe that our country’s pretty jacked up at the moment and they believe that reading the Bible could turn that around…
The president of the Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, Brian Fields, posted the following comment on their website:
I want to say that I’m truly sorry that many people have misunderstood this billboard. It was never our intention to use “race” as our message itself – The point of our billboard was:
1.The bible is NOT holy or moral as promoted by the PA House of Representatives in the “Year of the Bible”.
2.The bible was used as an excuse for many very bad things – Including American slavery.
We would have hoped this message was clearer to observers. In any case, the point is currently moot. The billboard was destroyed by vandals overnight. Attached is an image, submitted by one of our members who discovered it, of the destruction.
The irony of course is in what they destroyed: they left the bible verse that supports slavery, one of many missed opportunities in the bible for the authors to actually say “Slavery is bad”. They removed the entire point of the billboard, the criticism, and left the actual ignorant and savage part.
Ok so….Clearly, the billboard didn’t convey it’s intended message. Reducing the act of slavery by equating it to following the Bible is probably the worst marketing approach EVER. I’m still trying to figure out who convinced this group of people that this was an effective approach. Did they even consider the NAACP?
Are you offended? Do you feel that that the billboard takes the Bible out of context? Are the Atheist being racist or just insensitive?