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Atheists gloat over revenge taken on Ohio church that had their billboard removed

An atheist group is gloating on its website over the revenge it has taken on Christ Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio.

Dylan Galos and his billboard

The church, which owns a billboard leased to Clear Channel Outdoor advertising, discovered that an atheist advertisement had been placed on their sign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

They had it removed as offensive.

The billboard featured the smiling image of Dylan Galos, a local college student, proclaiming the atheist message: “I can be good without God.”


It seemed more than coincidental to some that the pictured atheist student was black, just like Christ Cathedral’s pastor, Rev. Waymon Malone.

After the billboard was removed from church property, the atheist organization, based in Madison, Wisc., decided to take revenge on the church for removing their sign.

Freedom From Religion describes what they did next:

A decision by Christ Cathedral Church, 3350 Allegheny Ave., Columbus, Ohio to remove a Freedom From Religion Foundation billboard has had expensive consequences for the church.

Shortly after Columbus atheist Dylan Galos’ “Coming Out of the Closet” billboard, stating “I can be good without God,” went up in late June, Rev. Waymon Malone Jr. of Christ Cathedral Church said it had to go, and it was moved to a new location. The church owns the property the billboard company was leasing near its parking lot.


After finding no record the Church paid property taxes for this commercial use of the property, FFRF sent a letter July 7 asking Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo II to investigate.

The auditor responded by billing Christ Cathedral for roughly $20,000 in past taxes.

Meanwhile, the account executive who worked with FFRF to find locations for the atheist organization’s billboard says he had no idea that one of those selected was on church property.

It was “an unfortunate oversight” by Clear Channel, said Jay Schmidt, account executive for Matrix Media Services, who handled the atheist organization’s billboard buy.


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patty Arella

    Perhaps churches/temples/mosques need to pay some fair portion of taxes for the services that they receive from the town/city in which they reside, i.e., elec., fire, streets, sewers, etc. I have always thought that they’re getting a lot free that the rest of us have to pay for.

  • Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

    If we begin taxing them, then we’ll have to tax all non-profits. Do you believe the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Girl Scouts, the local food bank, the local Little League should all have to pay taxes on the money they bring in? Do you like the idea that if you give $10 for tornado relief to the Red Cross, they’ll only get $8 — since they have to send 20 percent to IRS?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tonibarb

    All of you people who think that their is no GOD ask: We all agree that the world was created, right? We agree that no humn being ccaused us to be here,right? all agee th worldnot getter, rght? So if the wrld was ceatd don’t ylou think it can all come to an end? I strongly suggest that you get on the winning team and live for God as best as you can. If you have to live on this earth with airconditioning, just try to imagine how hot Hell must be.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Charles

    What a bunch of low lifes but do not worry this only earth and not heaven which we will go and see but they will not Have a nice day

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Paul

    God doesn’t believe in atheists, therefore, atheists do not exist. They’re just a figment of their own imaginations, and the sooner they come to that realization, the sooner they’ll find out how truly real the God of our creation really is.
    I would probably be an atheist as well if I didn’t have the guts to face the truth in its entirety, which is found in God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Read it…….it just might scare the hell out of you.

  • Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

    Au contraire — God does believe in atheists. He loves them. He mourns for them. So must we.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Linda Kramer

    I cant wait till you athiests are facing god on judgement day.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Eugenia

    So, Mr. Galos says that he can be “good without God”, but how does he explain the “bad” thing he did? He carefully chose that small, financially-troubled church rather than a larger, more prosperous church to pull his little stunt.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment albertervin


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment RosieGonzales


    Just another name to add the idiot list of athesist. Dylan you are an idiot. Your time will come when you will be begging God for mercy.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jacquelyn Bonniwell

    God said pray for these people (ATHEIST), they have to stand, before God Almighty, may he have mercy on you. He loves you.

  • Stephanie Mayberry

    Sure, Dylan, you can be “good without God.”

    But your eternity and salvation are quite another story…

    Sorry this nonsense cost the church $20,000, but in the end, the billboard was taken down so the group was not allowed to put it in that area – little victories.

    And you can’t put a price on victories in the kingdom. :-)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Billie Barra

    The atheist claim they can be good without God. Really? Their action of suing proclaims otherwise.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment DC

    I am not an atheist but I am ashamed at uncharitable way they are demonized in this post. If you want to demonstrate the gifts that God brings to your life, how about showing a little grace instead of being spiteful. Before you use a term like “gloating,” consider all of the “rejoicing” language you use about your own triumphs.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Paul

    On Rob Kerby’s statement to my earlier comment about God not believing in atheists, I apologize for making this spur-of-the-moment statement, but it was made in jest. I do realize, and know for certain, that God does indeed love the atheist as much as any other person…..we are all part of His creation. We pray for them as much as we pray for any other misguided souls who are lost outside the truth.

    God bless you all

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Roberto M. de la Vega

    If Atheists can do without God, then do they believe in a “Power Greater than Self”. In this country Real American believe “In God We Trust”, bank on it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Doris

    Okay Christians, it is time to stand up and stop the foolishness on the statement that we do not need God. Yes we do, those of us who believe and those who do not. Pray for them and they can feel the way they want. Let time tell them the story that we so richly knowy.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Altina

    I take comfort in the FACT that someday “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kent

    I believe the FFRF has proven their own advertisement false. “I can be good without God.” Tell me, was it good of you to not understand why a church wouldn’t want that claim on their property? Was it good of you to cause problems for them because they had the ad removed? No, I think not. It’s not possible for someone to be good when there is no concept of what good really is.

    And now the reprimand, to the Christians posting here all the nasty words about atheists, what are we saying? Are we giving the impression that it is not possible to be good even with God? In some cases this how it appears. I’m not saying that you have to like what the atheists stand for, but slander only gives fuel to their fire. We know what is good and right. Dispute the fallisies, but don’t be lowered to their level. Spread the gospal and let God do the rest. “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay.” Romans 12:18&19

  • Nell Minow

    The Red Cross, et al do not engage in commercial enterprises like renting out billboard space. The tax low on commercial ventures run by non-profits is well-established and completely legitimate. If not, big corporations would all sell themselves to churches and charities and avoid taxes even more than they already do.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nosa

    Dylan is just trying to make fame,he knows God exist,he knows God created the earth and all therein.I pray he realises his way soon.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rakesh

    Wow, Christ’s love sure is coming through with some of these posts……… Or I guess I should say Christian love (I don’t actually think Jesus would approve of some of the stuff said).

    And how come people aren’t more upset this church decided it wasn’t going to pay taxes it legitimately owed?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Monk21

    I can see where Ghandi had to comment on Christianity.
    He said,” I love the Christian religion, it’s Christians I have trouble with.
    Paul said, unless you have charity all you do and say is worth nothing.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Marlo Waters

    People like this should keep their opinion to themselves. We that believe in God don’t need these kinds around.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Marie

    I truly feel sorry for these people because the times coming when they’re not going to be laughing, but crying out of pure fear because God sees and hears what disrespect they have had for him. Not only them, but many others too are going to see and feel the wrath of God and no one will be able to do a thing to help them. We really need to pray for these people even though it angers us as to what they are doing.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BeLongs2JESUS

    this is why they make April 1st for all u atheist. all Fools day.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BeLongs2JESUS

    Its such ashame the ole devil has these folks hearts ears an eys closed. GOD loves each one of us so very much until he gave his only begotten son JESUS CHRIST to die on the cross for our sins, an then arose 3 days later to go prepare a place for us to go to later. please remember to love one another an pray for your enemys that they will turn from their wicked ways an ask JESUS to forgive them an come into their hearts an serve the LORD thy GOD with all their hearts.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment june

    God will take care of this!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment steve

    I hear that national atheists day is April 1st just think is that telling u something

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Aaron

    God is God and all the rest is BS.
    For God So Loved THE WORLD (and everyone on it) that HE gave HIS only SON that whoever BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT Perish but have everlasting life.
    The Foundation For Freedom From Religion refuses to believe. they will not have everlasting life.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Karl

    EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus is Lord! PERIOD! Keep the Atheists sincerely in prayer we are the Light of this world and we must be living examples of God’s love for ALL mankind!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Uelle

    God is in everywhere…believng that without God…you are such a fool and much worse dan Satan..even satan and his demons know that there is God! if u dont want to suffer @ hell..repent now! God loves you so much..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment concerned christian

    There is too much hate on this board for any of you to consider yourselves christians. Respect other’s beliefs (or lack thereof) and love them as Christ tought us. Nothing bothers me more than people who try to force their beliefs on others (i.e. this naive college student) and that includes christians as well.

  • Kimo

    Atheists are vicious haters.

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