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. Jesus, Your Lord and Savior

    It's true, people. Take it from Someone in the know. Buy up your canned goods now.

    May 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  2. Margroks

    Religious nutties have been claiming the end is near for a very long time. ANd the Rapture? Pure invenstion, based on the supposed "vision" of a young Scottish girl a few hundred years ago adn sandwiched intot he Bible by religious fruitcakes. Even if you do believe the Bible, which was really written down many uyears after whatever really happened to Jesus, the Bible does meniton that only God and not man can know things such as this. THe Bible is simply a writing down of fables and cultural mores of the time and while it has its place, it is not the literal word of God.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  3. Pierre Savoie

    The sound volume of this clip is too low.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  4. george

    It seems as if another group has entered the billboard wars in Camping's/Family Radio's back yard of Oakland, CA. They are disputing Camping's claims with a compelling message of "Jesus is already here." Here's the billboard photo:


    May 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  5. Seriously?

    Really? I have one question. Why? For the record im not religous in the least. So yeah, why is everyone going off the word of one man that everyone will die? Its like saying okay, everyone your going to die because i crunched numbers from a book... C'mon life as we know it isnt just going to be snuffed out in a day. (if you dont like what i say Dealwithit.jpeg)

    May 13, 2011 at 6:10 am |
  6. Shannon1979

    Have ANY OF YOU looked around lately?
    The signs are here if you open your eyes.
    I am going to name some for you
    1.The Oil spill..we now have millions of sick fish and wildlife,wonder what all that toxic crap can do to us
    2.Birds falling from the sky all over the world with a ridiculous excuse of"blunt force trauma"
    3.Record tornadoes
    5.Earth quakes here and in Spain
    6.8 state flood which is destroying MANY crops and will likely, with the warm weather and moisture spread disease such as west nile etc as mosquitos love water and warm weather.
    6.Snow storms in Mid MAY(colorado)
    8.Sand storms(China)
    9.MRSA carrying bed bugs
    10.Bubonic plaque in New Mexico
    Turn on the news and OPEN YOUR EYES people,something is definitely going on.
    If none of these things have made you wonder if there is a higher being trying to tell us something,then I don't know what to tell you.Things will indeed end quite soon,things are becoming more catastrophic every day.It's NEVER too late to turn to God and ask him for his forgiveness and let him in to your heart.I am a self admitted total screw up.I used to mock God and did alot of stupid things but I have asked for his forgiveness and I try to live my life doing "good" now.
    No one knows what tomorrow brings it could very well be your last day,make it count.
    Those who don't want to leave/the world to end..why?
    With all the horrible things happening in this world I can think of nothing better than being in heaven.
    No one dies there,no sadness,no suffering,no pain,no worries,no bills,no reality tv,no garbage,no violence.
    I think most people are stubborn and want to hang on to all their worldly possessions.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:35 am |
    • Ranz

      Your an idiot who was asleep in history class. The world has dealt with one catastrophe after another since the beginning of time. How about the poor Italians who were friend by Pompei in 79AD. What about the great depression that started in 1929? How about the 1950 Chilean Earthquake that killed 6000 people? Or the Tunguska Asteroid that hit Krasnoyarsk Russia in 1908. The list goes on and on.

      Grow up moron.

      May 16, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  7. WhiteKite

    OK....so in all of these billboard wars, another group entered the scene last week telling Atheists to rejoice because Jesus is already here. Here's a picture of the billboard that is also in Camping's 'back yard' of Oakland...


    May 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  8. terry

    some of these people must come from a nother planet but on this planet (GOD IS REAL) and you will find out one day this is the truth ,it is all about ( FAITH )and if you dont have it you are LOST

    May 11, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  9. Doug

    I have several colege digrees, atheism rules! so grow up a reelize it! we make our own life worth and all

    May 11, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Whio Cares

      colege??? lol

      May 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Smite Me


      Sheesh. You believers are even inept at Poe's Law. Pfffft!

      May 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  10. Doug

    For the clown who thinks a snake can't talk, I know for a fact that Mr.ED is a horse and he can talk, so I know a snake can talk too. This proves animals have evolved into humans, and that is why atheism is correct. You phony christians suck!

    May 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  11. David McCord

    In any debate (or blog) one advantage believers have over atheists is faith. Having faith means never having to say you are sorry, or delusional. Ironically, believers whine about atheists not listening to their views when they actually honor those among their group who are the most closed minded. Faith, by definition, is the ability to maintain a belief no matter how much conflicting evidence there is. There's no way to convince a faithful person with logic, because faith and reason don't mix. I used to pick apart the ridiculous arguments of the religious apologists just for the fun of it. But, they have become so silly and obvious, it's no longer a challenge. Trying to convince someone who is so needy for the crutch of religion that they still believe all the pap fed to them by the church after they're out of grade school is like trying to convince a 50 year old that is so gullible that he still believes in Santa Claus that his belief is wrong. Whatever mental needs, brain-washing, or disorders caused them to still believe the ridiculous will continue to cause them to reject facts in order to maintain their comforting (or punishing to those they hate) myths. This is the foundation of all religions.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  12. shawn1200

    There is now a youtube video by yet another group that has pictures of the Athiests and Camping's billboards in it.
    Here it is:


    Does anyone know anything about them?

    May 8, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  13. LIlsha

    Just a note we should not fight about religion we cannot change what people believe everyone got their say. We were not given correct answers at birth we only learn from family and friends. I think God loves us no matter who we are cause he knows our minds are full of questions. I'm sure if answers are ever given to us we can make our own choices and no one should judge them. So believe what you feel like until we know for sure what our purpose is. It really bothers me that there is one god but a million churches and people think they know more then someone else. Its time to just stop cutting others throats and help and love each other and believe what we think is right and when we got true answers the only person that should be able to judge us is the power that put us here in the first place.

    May 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  14. GRB

    This guy is completely insane. And I am saying that BECASUE I AM CHRISTIAN. Does not the bible tell us that only the Lord himself knows the day of Judgement? Its people like this man who claim to know the will of God that give Christians bad names.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • THX

      That's what I always think whenever I see something "religious" claiming to know the date of the end of it all. No human can know when the world will end, quite possibly because whatever powers that be have never set a specific date. Trying to guess the date seems to me like playing a pointless game of roulette where there's nothing to win at the end.

      May 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  15. Iknowstuff

    The world its self will not end on May 21st. It will last 5 months and will test your faith with GOD. If you still believe you will be lifted into HEAVEN on OCT. 21. If you die, you will raised saved. Please know your facts. It makes more sense then the 2012 earthquakes and stuff.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Doug

      your are crazy! my teacher told me before I went to colige, not to believe silly stories from cult bible people or cathics.

      May 11, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • THX

      The "end of the world" idea is based largely on the Mayan calendar, which historians have agreed could be off by as much as 100 years. I personally think the 5th age ended when the Information Age began. The world really hasn't been the same since the invention of the internet.

      May 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Ranz

      Facts? The Bible? Wahahahahahahahahhahahahahahah...oy vey!

      May 16, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  16. PRISM 1234

    Can anyone see how screwed up this blog is? Posts written today are surrounded with ones posted April 30. Unless you name the person you're responding to, your post jut gets lost, floating around in there, sounding silly, looking like you're talking to yourself.... CNN's blogs are a dump! They ought to learn something from Newsvine at MSNBC, which is designed so much better!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Joe

      I agree. These blogs are a dump and anything you ever say gets lost in them unless you publish an utterly moronic comment that gets "liked" 100 times by unintelligent baboons. Sad sad state for CNN blogs.

      May 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Doug

      you will see, our atheist will have a big party on may 22, 2011 and you are not invited, cause you don't believe

      May 11, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  17. yo momma

    yall are all stupid..hes reall and you know it

    May 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Ranz


      May 16, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  18. Jesus

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...
    That's not true. In the beginning a natural event created the universe as we know it, and the earth did not form until billions of years later. The creation story in Genesis is completely wrong. Simply read Genesis and you can see it. For example, the Bible says that light and darkness are created after the water but before the sun. Everyone knows that the sun came first, then the planet and its rotation (which is what causes light and darkness to occur on a daily basis) and then the water, and this all happened over million of years. There are many other problems with the Bible:
    Man did not come from a handful of dust through some mythological being. Man evolved from other species like every other living thing has for hundreds of millions of years.
    The Bible talks about a world-wide flood that covered earth in 5.5 miles of water and killed everything, yet we know it never happened. That is clear from the archeolgical record.
    There was no tower of Babel where God confounded the languages of mankind.
    The list goes on and on. The Bible is nonsense in a thousand different scientific ways.
    Ask yourself this simple question: Why, when you read the Bible, are you not left in awe? Why doesn't a book written by an omniscient being leave you with a sense of wonder and amazement? If you are reading a book written by the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving creator of the universe, wouldn't you expect to be stunned by the brilliance, the clarity and the wisdom of the author? Would you not expect each new page to intoxicate you with its incredible prose and its spectacular insight? Wouldn't you expect the author to tell us things that scientists have not been able to discover yet?

    Yet, when we open the Bible and actually read it, we find it is nothing like that at all. Instead of leaving us in awe, it leaves us dumbfounded by all of the nonsense and backwardness that it contains. If you read what the Bible actually says, you find that the Bible is ridiculous. The examples shown above barely scratch the surface of the Bible's numerous problems. If we are honest with ourselves, it is obvious that an "all-knowing" God had absolutely nothing to do with this book.

    The reason why the Bible contains so much nonsense is because God is imaginary. The Bible is a book written thousands of years ago by primitive men. A book that advocates senseless murder, slavery and the oppression of women has no place in our society today.

    May 4, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • donalddag

      It amazes me that you know how the earth was created and how there was no flood and there was no tower of Babel, etc, etc. I guess either you have a time machine or you are really, really old.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Human

      You've clearly never read the Bible nor taken any interest in semantics, philology or etymology. Stop spreading your uninformed nonsense, please.

      May 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • TheOracle8191

      I'm sure i'll be tagged as some religious nut and that's perfectly fine with me but I would sooner believe, (and do), that I was created by Almighty God from the dirt, molded by his perfect love, than believe I 'evolved' out of some amoeba billions of years ago because 1 atom all of the sudden decided to go boom. In addition, how do we know that the big bang wasn't the result of "Let there be light..."?

      May 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Yep, you atheists can believe some of the darndest crap human imagination could ever come up with!
      I'm glad that you think amoebas , snales, frogs and lizards are your ancestors, and apes your great grand's....

      They sure are not mine! LOL!

      May 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Magic

      The Oracle,
      "how do we know that the big bang wasn't the result of "Let there be light..."?"

      We don't - but more importantly, we don't know that it WAS either. People once thought that angry gods lived in volcanoes, threw lightning bolts and carried the sun across the sky each day. If we hadn't investigated those claims we would still be behaving as if they were true. "God did/does it" is not the fall-back, default, end-of-the-story explanation.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Magic

      "Yep, you atheists can believe some of the darndest crap human imagination could ever come up with"

      You mean 'darndest crap' like a talking snake or a talking donkey, a boat build by an old guy that held every single species on Earth, zombies running thru the streets of Jerusalem... don't get me started - there are thousands of examples of 'darndest crap' in that book.

      May 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Hey, Magic, not only you can get started, but keep on going on, it doesn't matter!

      Yes, if God can create the universe and all that's in it, He can also make the donkey talk, if HE so chooses, among all those other things in the Holy Bible you call crap... I have no problem with believing that God is able even to raise the dead!
      He says in His Word, "NOTHING IS IMPOSIBLE WITH GOD", and so it is. Some believe it, because they have eyes to see with their souls, some don't because they have eyes, but have denied their souls.
      But God is still there, He is reality, He is the supreme Creator of all that exists, and all things are subjected to Him. So, why not donkeys, snakes, and old man who listened to His voice and followed His instructions? If HE can feed five thousand by few loafs of bread and few fish, calm the fierce storm, and walk on water, why couldn't He put all animal species on one boat that He Himself designed. You underestimate the power of God! HE does not work in ways of man, in fact He always works in ways contradictory to man's ways! But there is no need to speak to you again on things of that matter.....You, and all of you atheists, darwinists, and what ever you are, can say that God does not exist, and imagine how intellectually superior(LOL!) you are, but we all have to agree on this one thing: that about, let's say, few decades from now, this debate WILL BE SETTLED! .... It's just that we, who know the Lord, know the outcome of it, but you only think you know... To bad it is that way, but it doesn't have to be, because God has provided the WAY! If you only knew, if you only understood, but some will never understand till it's to late!

      May 4, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • 9mil

      And exactly what definitive proof and what concrete evidence do you have of this? If your position is that God does not exist, therefore it is all a fairy tale, that is not a sufficient argument. You are merely taking the umpire out of the game in order to make up your own rules. And, that being the case, your game is not necessarily an accurate description of how baseball or anything else actually is.

      May 8, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Dr. Gregory D. Davidson

      The Bible itself is an awesome library of 66 books. The unity of these books is amazing. So many people want to be 'intellectuals" and claim their knowledge of science. Most of them however are showing their ignorance by negelecting US History. Many people need to trace our roots back to our founding fathers and see how they felt about the Bible. By the way, one of the greatest scientists who ever lived was a Christian-Einstein. Dont forget about Isaac Newton and George Washington Carver either.

      May 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • Ranz

      Atheism is nothing more then the rejection of deities. The highly ideological must defend their beliefs against all attacks or they stand to lose very bedrock that defines them. Neither side of the argument has definitive proof of their belief. Atheists can have Carl Sagan or Stephen Hawking sing them to sleep at night and Christians can have Billy Graham make them supper and still there would be no definitive proof of the existence or non-existence of God. You just want to believe your ideology is right so you can continue to feed your narcissism the way humans have always done.

      The Bible is a book. Written by men. So is the Koran and the Torah. For that matter, so if the Declaration of Independence, The Magna Carta and Horton Hears a Who. You can not say that Noah did the animals on a boat thing unless you were there, nor can Atheists say it didn't happen unless they were there and nothing happened.

      Now that's not to say that the ability to actually build an Ark and stock it with two of everything, including Amoeba and viruses goes against common sense, the laws of physics and basic Science, but hey, you can believe whatever you want to.

      I believe that I'll be making hamburgers on my grill, in my backyard on May 22nd.

      May 16, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  19. Heehee

    Now THIS is entertaining – reading these posts. Haven't laughed so hard all week. Thanks y'all!

    May 4, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Doug

      we have to band together to silence the campinn people who want our earth distroyed, they are lieing to all people, the phony church people hate good people like us! atheism rules all! we are good without any story book reeding.

      May 11, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • Thia

      This is quite possibly the best thread ever. I've given up all attempts at getting work done.

      Must. Finish. Reading.

      May 18, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  20. dan

    see you guys may 22

    May 4, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • 9mil

      No matter what any of us think and whichever way we go on this, no matter how much each side argues and tries to prove, I bet it was really a jaw dropper when Jesus walked out of that tomb. Is anybody able to prove otherwise without simple minded scoffing?

      May 8, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Doug

      you crazy cathlic kook! always waiting for a sunday mass, won't be in your church on may 22

      May 11, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • PraiseTheLard

      9mil wrote: "I bet it was really a jaw dropper when Jesus walked out of that tomb. "

      How do you know he didn't come out on roller-blades or a bicycle? Didn't Harry Houdini have a similar routine, but with bigger audiences? Of course, that story had been told many times previous to Jesus... Must have been a real jaw dropper when Baal, Melqart, Adonis, Eshmun, Tammuz, Asclepius, Orpheus, Mithras, Krishna, Osiris, Zalmoxis, Dionysus, Odin, Ishtar, Persephone, etc. escaped their burials as well...

      May 11, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Maria Van

      Does anyone know anything about theyet another group who posted a billboard up on the Skyway near the Bay Bridge? Here it is: http://bit.ly/liV3N5. This seems to be from a different group... I wrote down their website http://www.merkaba.org. They are saying that Judgment Day will happen on December 21, 2012 and that some atheists will be more prepared than conservative Christians.

      May 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Ranz

      Where do we turn in these defective people for new ones?

      May 16, 2011 at 12:50 am |
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