New American Atheist billboard in Times Square.

American Atheists is back at it, waging the war on shitty ideas which many confuse with a war on Christmas/holiday cheer.  C’mon guys, it’s not like they wait until Christmas to call Christianity a myth.

Anyway, I can get behind this one.

For one, this one is at least a little aesthetically pleasing.  Two points for that.

But I also like the message.  There’s so much good about this time of year: presents, time with our families, general goodwill (except from the “war on Christmas” people, who tend to turn “merry Christmas” into a euphemism for “fuck off” anytime someone wishes them happy holidays), etc.  These things don’t need to be a vehicle for propping up a pernicious myth.

David Silverman hits the nail on the head.

David Silverman, President of American Atheists stated, “We know that a large population of ‘Christians’ are actually atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion. If you know god is a myth, you do not have to lie and call yourself ‘Christian’ in order to have a festive holiday season. You can be merry without the myth, and indeed, you should.”

Mr. Silverman continued, “We encourage people to be honest with themselves and their families this year. If you don’t believe in God, tell your family—honesty is the greatest gift, and they deserve it.”

If you must lie to someone in order to be loved, then they don’t love you.  Pay the people you love the respect of giving them the opportunity to love their son/daughter/friend/parent as you truly are.  You will most likely find that it is one of the greatest gift you could give them.  And do yourself the favor of demanding to be loved as you truly are, and live proud of that, rather than under presumed shame as though you deserve that.

And if you need a new community, come be a part of ours.  Atheism is in virtually every town and every city now.  We don’t go to church, we go bowling.  We don’t go on missions, we go to the movies.  And we volunteer at charities, we just don’t waste money on propaganda to slide in among the food.  We have everything your church has that is good, we’ve merely ditched the things that make you uncomfortable.

Come be with people who will love you as truly are this holiday.  We’re ready for you!

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.