Billy Graham and Atheists

What do Billy Graham and a statewide coalition of atheists and agnostics in North Carolina have in common?  Nothing really except…

The Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics placed billboards in six North Carolina cities, including one along the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte.  That sign, according to The Charlotte Observer, pictures an American flag and the words “One Nation Indivisible” — omitting the words “Under God,” which were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.

William Warren of Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics says placing the billboard along the parkway is not a criticism of the evangelist. He says the Billy Graham Parkway was simply the most visible location the North Carolina Secular Association could afford in Charlotte.  The billboards are a July Fourth project to show that atheists and agnostics can be patriotic.

As you can see, however, vandals corrected the sign in an overnight sting!

4 thoughts on “Billy Graham and Atheists”

  1. Interesting, however vandalism just fuels the fires and sets a bad example for the true believers.

  2. It is strange that atheists and agnostics feel they need to make a point that they can be patriotic without being religious. This would imply that patriotism and religion is generally viewed as going hand-in-hand. As Christians, this should make us reflect on what it means to us to be patriotic. Does patriotism mean we can rightly deny liberty to those do not carry a State granted “American” title? Does patriotism mean we blindly accept every State instigated and perpetuated war as Holy? Remember, that we are to pledge our allegiance to the Kingdom of God, not necessarily to the State that governs us. We are to turn to God as our defender and provider, for God does not use the power of force to take from one in order to give to the other. What binds us together as a people should be a freedom to live, love, trade, and worship as we wish and not imaginary borders.

    As Satan infiltrates our so called Nations more and more, we better hope as Christians we are Nations capable of being indivisible. I will choose to walk with the Lord and live with the freedom God has granted me and every other single person on Earth. What will you choose?

    Thanks for giving this some real thought.

    Peace and God bless.

  3. A correction to my post above– I meant to say “As Satan infiltrates our so called Nations more and more, we better hope as Christians we are Nations capable of being DIVISIBLE” as opposed to being indivisible. And to clarify this point, I am saying that is should not be the State and the State’s cause that unites us as a people. Rather, we should be united as a people based on a common understanding of morality and liberty. For us Christians that means being followers of Jesus Christ and the Word. And there will be a point in time when we have to choose whether to follow the State or to follow our Savior.

  4. Mr. Potter, I fell upon your blog post while doing some research for an upcoming presentation regarding our Billboard Campaign. At the end of your post, you stated “As you can see, however, vandals corrected the sign in an overnight sting!”

    Are you advocating acts of vandalism with positions that do not agree with your own? Surely, the people who decided to vandalize our property had to do it in an “overnight sting” because it was a criminal act. In fact, vandalism in North Carolina can be a felony. Are you encouraging your members to go out and commit crimes against others who may not share your beliefs?

    I hope next time, you may choose your words more carefully.

    Thank you,

    Mike Toohey
    President
    Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics
    president@charlotteatheists.com

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