New York Fire Department Wishes Jesus a Happy Birthday with Large Sign Out Front

Churches are welcome to openly celebrate Christmas. So are individual families, who can put up Nativity scenes in their yards.

But when the local fire department begins promoting the birth of Jesus — by putting up a sign out front that says “Happy Birthday Jesus” and “We Love You” as if they were children — they’ve clearly crossed the line. They might as well put up a sign that says “Jews Don’t Matter” since the implication is already there.



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How Do We Know That Santa is Imaginary?

This is a guest post by Marshall Brain. Marshall is best known as the founder of HowStuffWorks.com. He is also the creator of popular websites like WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com and GodIsImaginary.com. His new book How “God” Works will be available in January from Sterling Publishing.

In the United States, December means that hundreds of millions of people are preparing for the big day on December 25. We see the preparations all around us: People are putting up trees in the living room and wreathes on the door, we see lights on buildings and bushes, and then there is the huge retail frenzy that is impossible to miss.

Mixed in with all of this is Santa Claus. You can sit on Santa’s knee and talk to him at the mall, and see Santa in parades all across the country. There are TV specials about Santa, songs about him, cookies in Santa shapes, posters, books, ornaments, etc. Santa has one of the best PR departments on the planet.

Even so, and even though many of us believed Santa to be real as children, I do not know a single adult who believes that the actual Santa Claus exists. You probably find yourself in the same position. You do not believe in Santa, even though you see him everywhere, and neither does anyone you know.

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Clear Channel Won’t Run “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” Billboard Out of Fear of Vandalism

Last year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up this billboard in Pitman, New Jersey:

It was a tongue-in-cheek rebuke to all those “Keep Christ in Christmas” banners and the expected response was probably some rolling eyes.

But the actual response was much worse.

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Sign That Says “Religion… Hardens Hearts and Enslaves Minds” Goes Up in Milwaukee County Courthouse

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s infamous Winter Solstice sign just went up in the Milwaukee County Courthouse:



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Arkansas Church Responds to Atheist Billboard with One Embracing Doubters

Another church is responding to American Atheists’ recent billboard campaign featuring a girl writing a letter that says, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

This time, it’s Grace Church in Alma, Arkansas:

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