Does god really need a billboard?

Someone seriously expects us to believe god loves billboards, particularly one lording over the river?

Time for an intercession?

According to one website, the patron saint of advertising, Saint Bernadine of Sienna:

…was accustomed to preach holding a board on which were the first three letters of the Savior’s name in its Greek form–‘IHS’–surrounded by rays, and he persuaded people to copy these plaques and erect them over their dwellings and public buildings.

Oh, Saint Bernadine, what did you unleash?

Maybe we need an intervention by Panchito instead?

Note: Read about the St. Catherine of Bologna-pleasing bridge railing by George Schroeder here.

Update on June 15, 2012: Seeking a poem by Yeats I cannot remember, I came across an assemblage of tree quotations at garden digest containing the most obvious one to have included with this post:

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.

Ogden Nash, Song of the Open Road, 1933

And then this by extension:

No wonder the hills and groves were God’s first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.

John Muir

Lest you think this was an attack on religion, war has broken out in San Antonio. Atheists have launched a counter-attack, mounting their own billboards along major arteries. Claiming nonbelievers are ostracized in San Antonio, the billboards invite them to “join the club.”

Two wrongs definitely do not make a right; they just make more wrong things.

Wish Lady Bird Johnson would fly up out of her grave and haunt them all.

Update on February 2, 2013: Oh, no. They are multiplying. Billboards “showing the way to God” are so abundant, they qualify for Clear Channel’s “volume discount,” according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“Upsize your life,” reads one.

Like fast-food burgers and fries, signs are among things that shouldn’t be upsized.

6 thoughts on “Does god really need a billboard?”

  1. Gayle, I’ll take a God billboard over a Palace “gentlemen’s club” (let’s call it what it is: a horny men’s bar) billboard any day. For more years than I care to remember, the visual pollution of a semi-nude woman in a submissive pose has diminished the enjoyment of my drive home from work. It just makes me feel sad for the women who work there. So if we’re asking for interventions, I’d ask St. Bernadine to help raise awareness of the sexual objectification of women and the harm that it causes. Sigh, Denise


    1. Billboards are just bad news whether promoting religion or sinning. But, no matter what (coming from someone who has absolutely no credentials other than being curious about how saints earned theirs), don’t think St. Bernadine is the right saint to intercede. Maybe a candle for St. Joan of Arc to defend women or St. Jude, who’s in charge of desperate causes? Sigh, if it were only that easy.


  2. I agree with you about billboards being bad news period. Some states have outlawed them…and some countries. I so wish Texas would jump on board that train. Meanwhile, you’re right. Joan or Jude would definitely be two saints who could help us deal with what we have! Sigh again, Denise


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