RE: [atheists-501] "Specifications" for the Atheist Billboard Idea?

From: Stephen P.
Sent on: Saturday, January 19, 2008 2:37 PM

What about a picture of the twin towers with the planes impacting and the slogan “Imagine there’s not Heaven”

 

Regards

 

Steve

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Kathryn
Sent: Saturday, 19 January 2008 10:54 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [atheists-501] "Specifications" for the Atheist Billboard Idea?

 

Good morning,

 

After trialling a lot of our ideas on my catholic-raised husband I really believe that the billboard should be purely about atheism, nothing to do with religion so that it grabs attention in a positive, non-threatening way (“See!!!!! I told you!!!!! Those militant Atheists!”)

 

This is tricky!  I’ve gone back through the suggestions and Gregg Savage’s suggestion of Imagine Reason really appeals because it is about atheism, not religion. It’s a challenge to explain Atheism without mentioning religion, and for a lot of us we are not anti-religion or the messages that individuals that people like Jesus delivered (I’m sure he was a very nice bloke) but it’s like trying to explain black without mentioning white.


So I’m putting forth my suggestion of a play on words based on “supercalifragilisticexpial“ to try and explain what atheism and our group is about and came up with

“AntiSupernaturalismReasonisOurFocus”.  My design skills are appalling (evidence attached) but I’d appreciate feedback or suggestions.


Cheers

Kathryn J

 

 

 

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf

Of Sue Skuse
Sent: Friday, 18 January[masked]:23 PM
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Subject: RE: [atheists-501] "Specifications" for the Atheist Billboard Idea?

 

Your email is very much to the point, I think, Martin S.

 

We should probably try to agree on the broad message we want to send first.

 

The billboard medium sort of dictates a single, powerful idea.  Preferably

mainly visual.

 

Sue Skuse

 

 

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Martin Stuijfzand

Sent: Thursday, 17 January [masked]:15 PM

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Subject: [atheists-501] "Specifications" for the Atheist Billboard Idea?

 

Hi All,

Apart from concrete ideas for the billboard itself, I think it is useful to

think of

"specifications". In other words: what do we want to achieve?

 

In my humble opinion:

*There is only about split second to grab attention. I believe this means it

needs an emotional or

a humorous component.

 

*Do we want to provide entertainment for other atheists, or do we want to

give theists a slight

nudge to reconsider their views? I myself would prefer the latter.

 

*If the ad is negative it needs to be done carefully. If done skillfully, it

would be a good way

to grab attention _without_ giving atheists a bad name.

 

*If the billboard is going to be offensive, I think it should be equally

offensive to all three

major Abrahamic religions. Most religious people have negative feelings

about at least one of

them, and it could be useful to capitalise on that. It would potentially

also show the relatedness

of all three. It would also reduce the opportunity for attack by one

religion if no one religion

is singled out.

 

*An example of a partial exception to the not-singled-out spec would be the

first idea Martin Rady

put forward. "Imagine no religion" with the twin towers. No group in

Australia can get away with

saying that flying into the towers was a good idea, so there less of an

opportunity for attack by

one religion.

 

*I believe care should be taken to avoid resemblance to Nazi-era propaganda

posters.

 

*I have no idea about copyright issues, but maybe someone else does. When is

satire protected from

copyright infringement issues? Can we use the "Imagine no Religion" caption?

Can we use "Save the

Planet" with a stick figure throwing religious symbols into a rubbish bin?

 

Cheers, Martin Stuijfzand.

 

 

 

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