Another sign of Christmas: billboards from atheists

Another sign of Christmas: billboards from atheists December 7, 2011

They’re back:

Nearly $40,000 was spent during the last Christmas season on a billboard war between atheists and Roman Catholics at the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. But so far, this year’s version of the atheist billboard has failed to generate much of a fight.

The American Atheists’ new orange and black billboard, just to the left of the Lincoln Tunnel entrance on the New Jersey side, depicts four images side by side: a statue of the Roman god Neptune, a classical portrait of Jesus, a rosy-cheeked Santa touching his nose and a guy in a suit and a devil mask.

“37 Million Americans know Myths when they see them,” it says in smallish letters at the top. In large letters at the center, it asks: “What do you see?”

The purpose of the $25,000 billboard, which went up in mid-November, said David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, is to “call out” closet atheists during the holiday season and get them to be truthful about who they really are.

“This is when the closeted atheists go to church to be viewed as Christians, and this is when we want to call them out to stay home and enjoy the holidays,” he said. “We want people to realize that there may be atheists in their family, even if those atheists don’t even know they are atheists.”

Last year, their message to closet atheists was a bit more direct. A huge billboard in the same location depicted silhouettes of the Three Kings on horseback headed to the manger against a starry sky, framed by the words: “You KNOW it’s a Myth.”

It was so direct, in fact, that it inspired an anonymous 80-year-old Austrian man to call up the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, an organization based in New York, to offer to pay for a counter billboard. Hence the Catholic salvo, a billboard depicting the infant Jesus with Mary and Joseph that said: “You Know It’s Real: This Season, Celebrate Jesus.”

This year, the Catholic League is not going to respond, said Bill Donohue, its president. One reason? The atheists’ new billboard isn’t good enough, he said. (And, when they called the anonymous Austrian donor this year, he did not call back.)

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12 responses to “Another sign of Christmas: billboards from atheists”

  1. “37 Million Americans know Myths when they see them,”

    Yeah, and I see three myths in that picture and one truth, thee Truth, the truth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

    Atheists are the most obnoxious people around. maybe it’s because of their closed heart.

  2. Wonder where they get their numbers? I suspect they are about right when you look around this country today and see how far we have gone away from One Nation Under God. Who would have thought we could line up to support the killing of 54 million innocent babies in the womb since 1973?

  3. That picture of the Sacred Heart is perhaps my favorite one of Jesus.
    May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be blessed everywhere and at all times.

    Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, forgive them and have mercy on them…

  4. “This is when the closeted atheists go to church to be viewed as Christians, and this is when we want to call them out to stay home and enjoy the holidays.”

    Ah, yes. The holidays. Brought to you by myths.

  5. Hmmm…. All I see there is an Atheist message. Is it obnoxious just to publicly proclaim the view the Christianity is untrue? If so then simply being an Atheist is obnoxious. However I don’t see any value judgement being levied here. They are saying nothing about believers at all.

    You on the other hand have made two judgments about Atheists: that they are the most obnoxious people, and that their heart is closed.

    If I may quote your bible: ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged’, ‘e that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone’

    In other words when you insult Atheists by judging them to be obnoxious, and stating that their hearts are closed. Particularly in response to simply stating an Atheistic viewpoint, in a society saturated with Christian messages. It makes you a hypocrite. OR ‘Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye’,

  6. I’m glad that this organization is free to express their First Amendment rights in this country. Christians for the most part are an easy target, so I figure will continue to take swings at the Christian population. One thing I’ve noticed about is that they don’t make any attacks against Islam or Judaism. If you truely want to disrespect religion, why not attack all religions? Why do you continually attack Christianity? Are you scared of Muslims and Jews? Keep the attacks coming at Christianity, we will keep turning the other cheek.

  7. Oh please. I’ve debated atheists on several websites to know how obnoxious they are. Just listen to Dawkins and Hitchens for crying out loud. They take no prisoners in a debate. And frankly you reciting our scripture in a debate to silence us is the height of hubris. Christ wasn’t silent or non judgemental when it came to debating the Pharisees.

    You aren’t going to silence us.

  8. Why is it that tolerance only extends to non-Christians? The same groups that constantly ask us to tolerate (or even approve) them and recognize their rights are the ones most prone to attack the beliefs of others. I feel sorrow and pity for atheists, for without God what does one have to live for? I agree with Swanny above that if they really want to make some waves and get some publicity, they should put a picture of Mohammed on the billboard. You’d definitely see some media attention then.

  9. just when people think nothing is funny,the athiests come up with a laugh.these people,the athiests dont bileve air exsists or that water has air and that the rains come from the question,do these people still pray to sticks?or is it dead things?or the killing of all faiths?do these people live on a continuation of less then …………you fill in the blank.

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