Another Atheist Billboard Launches in Times Square: ‘Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Nobody.’

I’m losing track of all the atheist/Creationist billboards in Times Square, but the latest salvo in the mythical War on Christmas belongs to American Atheists. Today, they’re launching a 15-second digital billboard reminding viewers that even atheists can celebrate the holiday season.

The main message reads: “Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody.”

“This season is a great time of year for a hundred reasons — none of them having to do with religion,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “This year, start a new tradition: Don’t go to church. You hate it, it’s boring; you probably only go because you feel guilty or obligated. Instead, spend more time with your family and friends — or volunteer. There are better uses of your time and money.”

“Church and religion are not what most Americans care about during this time of year — they care about family and friends and giving presents and food and having fun,” said Public Relations Director Dave Muscato. “Many so-called ‘Christmas’ traditions celebrated by Americans have nothing to do with Christianity. For example, the North Pole and Santa traditions come from Nordic and Germanic pagan traditions, and caroling, yule logs, mistletoe, holly wreaths all pre-date Christianity,”

The ad will appear in Times Square for the next week, after which it’ll be moved to Penn Station through the end of December.

How much did it cost? Technically, nothing. This ad was part of a larger deal American Atheists has with a billboard company and was an add-on to a previous campaign.

The message itself is hardly controversial, though the crossing out of Christ during the ad and the use of the X in “Xmas” will probably anger those Christians just itching to have a culture wars fight.

Either way, it’ll be hard to top last year’s provocative (and huge) Times Square billboard that read “Keep the merry! Dump the myth!”

This is the third non-religious group to put up a message in Times Square in the span of two months. In October, the Freedom From Religion Foundation countered a Creationist ad with one of their own:

And last week, the Center For Inquiry put up a 15-second digital ad focusing on the more positive aspects of Humanism this time of year:



About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.maryckirchhoff.com/ Mary C. Kirchhoff

    I’m a bible believing Christian, and actually agree with this. Let me elaborate. Christmas really isn’t about Christ. It has been hijacked by retailers. The meaning of Christmas has become shop and spend. Get into debt and be miserable and stressed after the fact as you struggle to pay off all the debt you got yourself into. Christians can delude themselves that the meaning of Christmas is about Christ, but they are sadly mistaken. When atheists are celebrating Christmas, it should be pretty clear that it’s not a Christian holiday. Wake up Christians!! Every single “tradition” was stolen from the pagans. That is why I have decided to no longer celebrate it.

  • http://www.maryckirchhoff.com/ Mary C. Kirchhoff

    Right you are. Finally, a fellow Christian who has “seen the light” about this pagan holiday!!!

  • http://www.maryckirchhoff.com/ Mary C. Kirchhoff

    Retail Madness.

  • http://www.maryckirchhoff.com/ Mary C. Kirchhoff

    Christmas Really Isn’t about Christ – Why I’m not Celebrating it Even though I’m a Christian
    http://www.maryckirchhoff.com/2013/12/a-christians-view-of-why-atheist.html

  • mickrussom

    Jesus Christ is Lord and savior. Christ and the followers of Christ have Good News. If you dont want to hear the Good News – well, we will try to politely tell you again later. Christ gave us the perfect gift. And no man, no government, can give you this. The evil doers will try to disparage Christ and the Good news, but a small child born 2000 years ago that changes the world is still a controversy today, well, thats impressive to say the least. The atheists would be more convincing if they were dismissive, but to actively assault Christ seems to indicate nefarious intentions. I have to say these atheists are more dedicated to denying God than believers in praising God publicly. cv

  • http://127.0.0.1 3lemenope

    Is it normal to keep trying to give a gift to a person that tells you clearly they don’t want it? Seems pretty obnoxious to me.


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