Billboard War “Erupts” Between Atheists And Catholics Over Gay Marriage In Missouri

The Freedom From Religion Foundation decided to counter a billboard extolling the virtue of traditional marriage with a billboard of their own: “Ban Marriage Between Church and State.”

Catholic Radio’s “1 Man, 1 Woman, Forever” billboard in Smithville, MO didn’t sit well with FFRF member and Smithville resident Matt Gaines, who felt it was offensive not only to gay couples but divorcees as well.

“To denigrate other people’s relationships or the decisions they have had to make with their outdated religious dogmas is simply shameful,” Gaines said.

FFRF is dedicated to “protecting the constitutional principle of the separation of state and church”, according to its website. Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor noted this in the group’s press release:

“The only organized opposition to marriage equality comes from the Religious Right. Mormon, Roman Catholic and fundamentalist Protestant churches and organizations have spent hundreds of millions to amend state constitutions to ban gay marriage in the name of Christianity. Religious dogma must be kept out of our secular laws.”

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good, old-fashioned billboard war. Why the last time was back in…