American Atheists highlight futility of prayer in Super Bowl billboard

“Prayer is superstition, plain and simple” – American Atheists President David Silverman.

Super Bowl Billboard
American Atheists Take Playful Jab at Prayer in Super Bowl Billboard

American Atheists, a national organization that defends the civil rights of atheists, freethinkers, and other nonbelievers, is sponsoring a new digital billboard outside New Jersey’s Metlife Stadium, the venue for Super Bowl 2014. The billboard, pokes fun at prayer, specifically citing the “Hail Mary,” a popular Christian invocation, and a popular, if desperate, long pass play in football.

Speaking about prayer as it relates to football, Silverman said “It trivializes the dedication of the players and takes away from their achievements. A third of football fans pray in hopes of helping their team. These are adults we’re talking about—people with children, people with careers, people who vote. It’s 2014; it’s time to stop believing that prayer works. Give credit where credit is due and celebrate what this is really about—coming together to cheer on hard-working athletes doing what they do best.”

With the message, “A ‘Hail Mary’ only works in football. Enjoy the game!” the billboard features a priest cradling a football. In addition, the billboard also promotes the group’s upcoming national convention in Salt Lake City.

According to a press release put out by American Atheists, the ad is “believed to be the first-ever atheist-sponsored ad aimed at a Super Bowl audience”

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  • Peace on Earth is obviously within our reach. All everyone has to do is stop believing all the stupid shit they believe, and believe exactly what David Silverman believes. What could be simpler?