I'm visiting NC, this week. I can't believe how many (really bad) Christian music stations and "Jesus" bill boards we've seen! It feels really oppressive. My kids and I made the billboards a car ride game. "Got Jesus?!"or ""I've found the Lord" So, at least we had a good laugh...
For people that live in similar areas, is it alienating, living outside the normative, here? I live in a rural, conservative area, but not to this extreme.
Think lack of proper education where their Religious Beliefs are beyond science or cognitive thought. The Civil War never ended and they voted to make sure that it will "Rise Again" Now factor in the fact that they have never traveled anywhere beyond their borders and lived in such abject poverty and without any prospect to retire with comfort, or ever receive proper medical treatment in any form because they are told from their respective religious communities that it is "God's Will" and just accept it along with all of the other discomforts of life that could be provided to you through a proper education. Religion is the Opium of the Masses and always has been since the Council of Nicea.
Here in Michigan, there were several billboards that said, "When you die, you WILL see Jesus." it had a number at the bottom and I really wanted to call that number and ask them how do they know. Have they had anyone die and then come back and tell them about their time being died and who they saw? I so wanted to do that, but never did.
Christians are taught from early on that it is their duty to preach the gospel whenever and wherever they can. For many in the mega-churches, that means putting up billboards with their devotions. Some well-designed, some hand painted. I ignore them as much as possible in rural Missouri.
What I cannot ignore are the fools that tell me that Jesus loves me while I am at work and then persist be adding the question "You know that, right?" It is rude, inappropriate and puts me in a bad position of being a representative of the business. I try to walk away but some are persistent and want to follow you through the business until they get an answer.
I live in NC. I've lived here all my life. I'm happy you and your children were able to make a game out of the billboards, however, some of the billboards genuinely scare me. Most claim evidence for their god, when there is none. Especially if you're the type of individual who calls the 1800 numbers on these billboards and asks questions. ( they get rather agitated when you ask questions) Please be cautious in the south. It can often get crazy here.
I remember driving down to Florida via Atlanta a few years ago and there’s one barren stretch of the interstate that is one billboard after another, alternating advertising for gun shops, adult XXX shops, and Jesus. I thought it was hilarious at the time, now I’m not so entertained.
Yes I can relate. We may not have billboards in the rural area I’m located in Southern West Virginia but there are churches every little bit. We can definitely could be included as part of the Bible Belt here. People are usually more subtle about it but you tell them you are a non believer and the mood changes.
Thankfully in the UK, we’re spared the billboard approach. Maybe a twee poster outside a church with some pun or other alluding to a “better” way of life but certainly not fed fois-gras style.
Mind you even the twee posters make me want to heave so not sure how I’d cope with the big screen messages.
I saw a movie lately about 3 billboards...... maybe her approach....... ?
I live in that kinda place too...whare ya find those things ya also find extreme exhibitions of patriotic symbolism , flags everywhere , red , white and blue business signs , companies named patriot this and liberty that ... Its all pollution to me.