Preaching Back At You: Billboard Campaign

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Tired of being preached to on your way to work? So are we! It's time to preach back with colorful messages of reason and logic. We can put up billboards, too!
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Awkward Moments
Religion
Seattle, Washington
United States
1 Team Member

PHASE TWO FUNDING STILL NEEDED!
(see below...)

We've all seen them, billboards preaching an "Eternity In Hell" and "God is Watching!" Are you tired of getting preached to on your way to work every day, told that, "You Are A Sinner!"? So are we, and it's time to preach back with colorful messages of reason - using the Bible to challenge the Bible.

We are the authors of the bestselling mock children's book, "Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children's Bible - an indie project that exploded over Christmas due to the amazing support of a rabid fan base. The point of the original book was to get people of all faiths to really think about what their Bible teaches teach...

  • By popular demand from our fans, we are now ready to bring these messages (supported by actual scripture) to the masses and fight fire with fire - roadside billboards next to busy roads in very Christian cities across America
  • With over 50% of professing Christians unable to even name the four Gospels, many will be surprised to learn that Jesus teaches his disciples to that their families and that the New Testament teaches women to be silent.

Well, we can rent billboards, too! It's time to preach back to the preachers!

What We Need & What You Get

  • The PHASE ONE budget will to help us fund at least one billboard in a medium market (some billboards in major cities cost as much as $12,000/mo).
  • The PHASE TWO budget will allow us to increase our reach into more cities with more messages that are highly relevant to each location/
  • Every dollar we raise above the minimum budget will go toward additional billboards in additional cities - just in time for Easter!
  • Check out our fun perks at each donation level. (We wish we could offer better perks, but this is a fundraiser for a media campaign, not a profitable product... We hope you understand!)  The only "perks" that are delayed until the campaign is complete would be the postcard photos of the actual billboards. Books ship immediately. 

The Goal Of The Campaign

Evangelism is a two-way street. I spent the better part of my adult life figuring out ways to "reach the lost". Years later, I realize that nobody is really "reaching the saved".

This is NOT a mean spirited campaign, it is designed to:

  • Use the Bible to make people think about what the Bible teaches
  • Use the Bible to make people think about modern cultural influences
  • Use common evangelism tactics to reach those who are "sheltered" from reason.

(Some might think that these verses are no longer relevant. However, there are MANY churches in America who still hold onto this misogyny, and it's really no wonder why women are still paid less than their male counterparts for the same job. It's still a problem.)

(Yes, many Bibles have updated their texts to trade the original translation of "unicorn" for a more modern/acceptable "ox" or "bull". But, fear not - many people (including Answers In Genesis still believe in unicorns.)

The Locations

  • Near the Creation Museum in Kentucky
  • Topeka, KS (near Westboro Baptist Church)
  • Greenvillle, SC (near Bob Jones University)
  • Dallas, TX (near "Drive Safe, Hell Is Eternal" billboard)
  • About 20 other locations in the Bible Belt have been scoped out...

(While most billboards will be focused toward the general public, some might be very locally relevant, like this one placed near Westboro Baptist Church to publicly challenge Fred Phelps, leader of the "God Hates Fags" campaigns.)

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:

  • Make sure to "like" the Awkward Bible Facebook page for updates!
  • Please use Indiegogo share tools to get this campaign funded ASAP!

(This one would be used to address the "convenience" when Christians try to disregard the Old Testament (except for the parts they like...))


(Prince of Peace? Really? This mockup is really only meant for online use as part of a blog discussion and we don't imagine it would ever see the light of day. However, the entire 10th Chapter of Matthew sure reads like the leader of a Holy War preparing his troops for battle, death, and destruction.)

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$8,068USD
raised by 199 people in 1 month
212% funded
No time left
$3,800 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on March 10, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Bragging rights and thanks!

    How cool would it be to be able to brag to your friends that, "I helped get the billboard up" when it shows up in the news? We can't thank you enough for your support as we preach back! (We wish we could afford to give a cool perk at this donation level, but this is a fundraiser for a media campaign, not a profitable product. Therefore, we really want to have every penny go toward the billboards themselves...)

    33 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25USD
    Postcards of actual billboards

    Not only do you get the bragging rights of, "Look at this amazing billboard that I helped put up!", but we will also send you a pack of postcards from each billboard that we are able to afford. (Which you can then send to friends to brag...) (We wish we could offer better perks, but this is a fundraiser for a media campaign, not a profitable product...)

    63 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $100USD
    Two SIGNED books & postcards

    If you like the billboards and the postcards, you'll probably love our book that inspired the campaign - Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children's Bible - a mock kid's book filled with actual Bible stories and illustrations you won't find in church. Your book will be signed by Horus Gilgamesh and Agnes Tickheathen! (We wish we could offer better perks, but this is a fundraiser for a media campaign, not a profitable product...)

    14 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $750USD
    MAJOR SPONSOR

    In addition to all of the other perks, for $750, we will consider you a major sponsor. This will give you entitle you to the following: - Ten Signed Books - Two public "thank you" notes to our 30,000+ Facebook fans - One "major sponsor" banner on our website for 12 months - Invitation to represent the campaign to media (tv, print, radio) where applicable.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
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