This may come as a surprise to many of my readers, but I don't think coming off like a dick is a good idea. OK, OK I have done some dickish stuff on the blog: Drawing Mohamed Day, calling the faithful Godbots, and hypothesizing that God is really a form of Evil Santa, to name a few. However, as a writer of the funny I am societally sanctioned to be an a-hole as long as people laugh. If people do not laugh then I'm resigned to Dante's 3rd Ring o' Hell reserved for people like Rosie O'Donnell.
But I digress.
Telling people that there is no afterlife is way worse than telling them that there is no Sky Fairy. Not only is there no God, but there is no heaven? People believe in God to get into heaven. People may want to think that there is a good place to go to after they die even if the Sky Fairy isn't there. Also, a billboard is no way to inform people that there is no afterlife. Think about it. Say I'm driving home from a sh*t day of work and I see that billboard. Do you know what I think? Those folks from the FFRF are a bunch of dicks. Really. That's how people think and feel in a place called America, the place Ned Flanders (ala Simpsons) called, "That area between the two coasts." Listen, I totally agree that when I'm dead I'm gone. What I am saying is that this billboard ain't going to win friends and influence people (except in that bad way).
Mormonism is Evil. I think we all get behind that, right? Have you seen their newest propaganda piece? Here it is!
Jesus hoppin' Christ - Joseph Goebbels would be proud! They have it all! A pretty girl having fun in the surf with her dad. She doesn't even mention that she's a Mormon until the last 10 seconds of the piece! The ad builds up an emotional bond with the viewer before mentioning the Sky Fairy stuff. Brilliant. Do you know what people think when they see that? What swell people those Mormons are. I want to be like them. Notice how the Mormons didn't mention: baptizing the dead, becoming gods, or that God physically had sex with Mary so that she would become pregnant with Jesus.
We have a lot to learn from Mormons...
and that makes my head want to explode.
This truly is Purgatory.