In more ways than one. . .
As reported in The Huffington Post article titled -
Atheist Group Pays For Billboards That Read: 'God Is An Imaginary Friend'
the Colorado Coalition of Reason aka COCORE has commissioned some billboard advertisements to be displayed in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, which proclaim that "God Is An Imaginary Friend" and call upon people to "Choose Reality". As per my comment responding to this comment by Huffington Post Super User jimspy the atheistic (if not outright anti-theistic. . .) advertising slogan chosen by the Colorado Coalition Of Reason for its 2012 billboard campaign is lacking in Reason, as are some of the public statements that COCORE has made in defense of this questionable billboard slogan.
Without further ado here is the full text of my original Huffington Post comment which had to be Reader's Digested a bit because it was somewhat longer than the 250 words that HuffPost allows for comments. A screenshot of the condensed version of the comment, as it was actually posted to the Huffington Post blog, may be read below -
What part of the Colorado Coalition of Reason's billboard advertisement -
"God Is An Imaginary Friend - Choose Reality, It Will Be Better For All Of Us."
did you fail to understand Jimspy?
*That* billboard slogan is in fact a rather dogmatic public assertion of the ahem. . . positive belief that "there is no God."
Am I wrong?
Gotta love the following BS from COCORE -
"If you disagree with the sentiments of the sign, please don't be offended. We are more interested in opening a dialogue than upsetting you. We don't ask you to stop believing in your version of a super-natural being. We do ask that you consider not forcing your religious views on others."
Where does the Colorado Coalition of *Reason* come up with the rather unreasonable idea that displaying billboard advertisements telling ALL God believing people, and thus the vast majority of Americans. . . that they are not only lacking in reason, but are out of touch with reality (and thus quite delusional as per Richard Dawkin's 'The God Delusion') in their belief in an "imaginary friend', is in no way intended to be offensive or "upsetting"?
The 2008 billboards that said, "Don't believe in God? You are not alone.", are not offensive to God believing people, but I have good old Unitarian *reason* to believe that the Colorado Coalition of Reason will rapidly discover that these new billboard advertisements, which quite dogmatically assert that God does not exist and not at all subtly suggest that all theists are out of touch with reality, are offensive and upsetting to a certain number of God believing Americans.
It never ceases to amaze me just how devoid of Reason some self-professed "rationalists" are. . .
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