April 25th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

Billboard battle over Judgment Day

(CNN) - We've told you about the caravan of RVs touring the country to warn people about the end of the world, which they say will begin on May 21.

Now, the American Atheists are mounting a counter-campaign.

The group has posted a billboard in Oakland, California - home to Family Radio, which is spreading the "awesome news" that Judgment Day is near - declaring that such messages are "nonsense."

"The Rapture: You KNOW it's Nonsense," the American Atheists' billboard announces. "2000 Years of 'Any Day Now.'"

The billboard - which cost $27,000, according to the group's website - invites passers-by to "Learn the Truth" at the group's "Rapture Party" on May 21-22 in Oakland.

The atheists also plan to hold parties in Houston, Texas, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the website says.

"This is how religion hurts people, one of the many ways religion hurts people," American Atheists President David Silverman told CNN Oakland, California, affiliate KGO.

"Our hope is that those who are not suckered in will learn from the people who are."

Read the full story at KGO's website.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Atheism • Death • End times

soundoff (2,436 Responses)
  1. Brandon

    Damn... I'm suppose to graduate from college on May 21st. Oh yeah, might as well drop out now.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  2. urbantide

    $27 thousand for a billboard? That is pure stupidity. Think of all the people the money could feed or helped those in need. Not a very sharp group these atheist guys and gals.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • jeru0455

      If they spent that money on food for the hungry that would inflate the price of food and make more people hungry.

      May 19, 2011 at 4:01 am |
  3. HeavenSent

    May my God love me and do a reach around while giving me love.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  4. Birdy

    HeavenSent – you need serious help.

    May 4, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  5. TLT

    Can't wait until May 22nd when they realize they are still alive.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  6. quimby

    God comes when you least expect him.....so keep tissues handy.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  7. Jon

    Supposedly when the rapture occurs, those of us who are left behind will not realize those who are no longer here are no longer here. That will make it difficult to explain all those RVs cruising down the highway with no one behind the wheel.
    If no one will notice when the good Christians are raptured, then maybe it has already happened. Point that out to a good Christian and he will say, "Oh, I would have noticed!"

    May 4, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  8. Gaunt

    Odd how all the zealots on here who attack the billboard and attack athiests don't actually answer the basic question of the billboard. The 'faithfull' have been predicting the end of the world almost weekly for over 2000 years. Each time their doomsday passes and it turns out they are wrong, they just change the date of their so called end of days to the future and keep right on squalking, even though facts just proved them to be liars.

    So, after being wrong a couple MILLION times, how do they expect anyone to pay the slightest attention to their 2,000,001st claim? And what kind of mindless lemmings actually believe in that delusional tripe?

    May 4, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  9. Sasha Hasani

    If that's the case, I'd appreciate it if you believers in armageddon gave me your money now. I have a paypal with my e-mail on it. Deposit all your worldly goods there. What you got to lose? By your act of faith, You will convert me and you and I will go to heaven together on May 21. I won't even get to spend it if what you are saying is true. What, no takers? Thought so... 🙂

    May 4, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  10. Sasha Hasani

    I will make anyone here a bet: If the world does end on May 21, I will give you all my belongings and money in my bank. If the world continues, you give all your money in the bank to me. Deal?

    May 4, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  11. andbreath

    okay... everyone count to ten!

    And breath.

    Now stop posting these self-indulgent diatribes and go and love your neighbour.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:01 am |
  12. PRISM 1234

    As the date those people predict is nearing we'll see more scoffers ridicule Christians, taking themselves liberties because of the occasion... It is very obvious that most people who mock and belittle our Christian faith don't know much about it, and from what they write in their posts, it looks like they presume that all we do is nod our heads when a "preacher tells us what to believe, and that we are all brainless blobs who can not think for ourselves...Foolish people! You have no idea that Christianity is a personal relationship with the living God, with whom we fellowship, and who is so real to us, more then even our coosest family members...
    So, they just love to put all Christians in the same category, nor can they tell a difference between a cult or real Christianity....

    And this teaching that's being spread around about the predicted set date, it's just fueling the fire....It is totally wrong, and all someone needs to do to see how wrong it is, just go to their website, and see that they are taking the scriptures they claim to be the proof of comming Judgment Day date, totally out of context. In fact, I am just amazed how shallow and even childish their doctrines are, so that they have no credibility what so ever.

    But this is just another attempt of satan to discredit Christianity, and cause the world to scoff at it.

    But no one takes glory from God, and it will be as He declares, and not as man figures in his own understanding. Here is a true example what happens when man tries to figure out God and interpret the Scriptures WITHOUT the Holy Spirit of God.

    Satan is more then willing and eager to step in and slide in the thoughts of his own, and they fall for it.... And that's exactly what they did; fall for satan's lie.... There is much damage done by those type of teachings.
    But it is not isolated to extreme groups.... Most today's Christians also hold a fairytale like belief that there will be a secret "Rapture" of the church. But NOWHERE in the Bible is it written that this event of Christ's comming for his people will be in a secret rapture(catching away) . Those who teach this doctrine, are really doing the same thing as those who have set dates, as this group did... They are just not setting dates, they are inserting their own thoughts into Scriptures, and making up their own doctrine....

    But God will do according to His plan, and His Word specifically says that He will come at the end of the age, when all things which He purposed are accomplished. At the sound of the LAST trumpet, He will come and gather His own to Himself, to meet Him in the clouds, and that is specifically spelled out in the scriptures. In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 is is plainly stated that this day will not come till the things written there be accomplished. We are already seeing the falling away in the making, but the man of sin, the anti-Christ has not yet come, although the stage on the world scene is being set...

    God is the Lord, and He is the only one who by His Holy Spirit leads those who belong to Him into understanding. But we can not run ahead of Him, and like silly children run with it, while He is saying "but you have not heard what I have to say to you"...
    So they make a mess out of their lives, and they put on the line the faith of many who are looking to them for answers...Just like this group that has put their faith in teachings of a man who himself is mislead. An when the event they ar looking for does not happen on the date set, what will happen to those who looked to him for guidance? God help your people look only to you, and not be sidetracked by voices of men!

    May 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  13. religionisBUNK

    Can't wait 'till May 22nd... religion – all nonsense, all the time.

    May 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  14. greenkelly

    ....atheists will never believe...christians will never stop believing......our horns are locked in battle until the end! God has to come back and and break us apart before we kill each other...or worse

    May 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  15. whatudeserve

    Dumbest ass i have ever seen or heard. Why are they protesting against something that doesn't exist (according to them).

    May 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • urbantide

      Thats hilarious and true.

      May 4, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  16. John M

    Hey Heavensent : Shut up. The day you start telling a father he is not raising his childeren right you have crossed the line. For you to tell him to open his eyes and his ears is the most hypocrital thing you could say. Beleive in yourself before you start looking in other direction for a mi-directed beleif !
    Cheers meatball.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • ihtfpaeoh

      John M You rock! Thanks for the common sense.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  17. John M

    Well said ...... People like you create Atheist and then you condemn them. When it is your own actions and reasoning that helps to allienate them in the first place. Jesus gave a commission to preach not to condemn and judge people to rot in hell. Where in the bible does Jesus or any of his followers tell a sinner that they are going to rot in a fiery hell for eternity.
    Please re-write the bible and maybe fire this in here as well then MAYBE you religious nuts that judge us yourselves will have a better why a majority of the public doesnt even want to associate themselves with GOD or Jebus.
    Gimme a break.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Ryan

      Just want to point out that scary thoughts of hell and Christian trolls do not create us atheists. Critical thinking, skepticism and a grasp on reality create us.

      May 4, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  18. brandon


    May 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  19. Reality and Truth

    Why argue when both sides are wrong.. This religious group does not speak for all Christians. Not all religions lead to god. That includes different Christian religions. Matthew 24:36 says "Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the SON, but only the father." No one knows when the end is coming. That being said anyone who follows a group of professed Christians that believe they know more than the angels in heaven is delusional. And there is no proof in the bible that God created a place of torment for humans. True Christians please stop telling Atheist they are going to hell. Have you been there? Or is it a horror story your told to keep you in line? That just makes Christians look like hypocrites passing judgment. Atheist are within their right to not believe in God or the bible no matter how much it is disagreed with by religious gropus. Look at Satan for instance. Once a good angel who turned to darkness. God has allowed him to play out his short existence and take whoever else he can with him in order to separate the "Wheat and Weeds." Remember Matthew 24:14 "The good news will be preached in all the earth for a witness to all the nations and then the end will come." We are living in the time of the end. And it could happen at anytime. Not just in May. Read your bibles for understanding and not so you can control people by fear!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Another fool that doesn't know how to read Jesus' truth as he listens to the lies of man.


      May 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  20. greenkelly

    ...God is testing all of us...our comments here will be judged..be sure u mean what u say !!!!

    May 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Austin

      Really? You mean God is reading these posts? The whole "God is watching you" thing was effective in the Middle Ages when the clergy needed to maintain a communal sense of morality with a village of illiterate peasants. I personally believe we should be moral and responsible whether God is watching or not.

      May 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tune in Austin, everything you learned is from the ones that killed Jesus. Therefore, you follow satan's lies.


      May 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Another post by the phony Heavensent. Go back to your hole.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      To the phony heavensent, get a job bum.


      May 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • NoGodHere

      I agree Austin, even if a god did exist, wouldn't he have much more important things to worry about than who is posting what on the cnn blog? It's bad enough you christian whack jobs think that " Jesus " cares about who is sleeping with who, get a grip on reality.

      May 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      nogodhere, no matter how much you wish that Jesus isn't true, doesn't mean your nonsense is going to save your soul. In order to stop being a sinner, know that only Jesus saves. The only way you can know this is by reading His letter He wrote to all of us, the Bible. Read His truth, comprehend what He tells us, then abide in His truth. Then and only then will you be able to save yourself from your own sinful nature of the sin of lust of the flesh. Repent, ask Jesus for forgiveness then sin no more.


      May 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • ihtfpaeoh

      Heaven Sent, Jesus didn't write the bible. You're just a troll. Amen.

      May 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • RdclCntrst

      According to the Bible, while Jesus hung on the cross, he asked G-d to explain Himself ("Why have You forsaken me?"). Thus, even Jesus didn't always know what the Lord was on about. Why should we believe bunch of radio broadcasters and RV enthusiasts when they claim to know G-d's timetable exactly? Or, for that matter, if even Jesus could be blinsided by G-d's machinations, why should we believe ANYONE who claims to know exactly what G-d wants?

      May 4, 2011 at 10:29 am |
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