The new message reads, “You can be good without God, but you can’t be saved without Jesus”. The message is the brainchild of Bloomington’s Kevin Briscoe, and it mimics the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign’s statement.
Briscoe says that the message was divinely inspired. “God led me to respond,” he said. “Lying in bed, I just couldn’t quit thinking about it. He laid the saying upon my heart. That’s the reason I came up with what I came up with.”
He says he is compelled to share the true goodness that he has found by being “saved”— the term Christians use to describe a person’s acceptance of Jesus.
INABC spokesperson Caroline Klein says her group is actually pleased Briscoe paid for the signs to be posted. “We’re really happy about it. We like the fact that he does concede our point, that you can be good without God,” said Klein. “And so, we don’t feel that it’s threatening at all. We don’t feel that it’s compromising our goal. It actually helps it.”
However, Klein says the ad pulls the debate away from ethics and deeper into theology — a switch that wasn’t the original intention of the INABC’s advertisements.