David Silverman says the only purpose of the billboards in this video is to assure atheists in their neighborhoods that they are not alone. Do you see that message on the Arabic and Hebrew billboards anywhere? (I’m told that the non-English languages on them are nothing but translations of the English.) Is it possible he’s not quite telling the whole truth?
Note the use of imagery in the slavery billboard that opens this video. Images are powerful—sometimes even inflammatory, as in this case. This billboard drags a half-sentence out of historical and literary context, adds an image, and conveys an instant and thought-free message. It’s hard to square this with institutional atheism’s claim to be reasonable, isn’t it? For a well-informed, thinking perspective, check out Glenn Sunshine’s chapter in True Reason.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTPKoFgkU5A]