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Atheist billboards pop up just in time to ruin Christmas for Christians

American Atheist Christmas Billboard

An atheist organization raised a few eyebrows with its latest holiday-themed billboards this week.

An atheist organization raised a few eyebrows with its latest holiday-themed billboards this week.

American Atheist ran the billboards in Colorado Springs, Colo., Winston-Salem, N.C., and it read “Go ahead and skip church! Just be good for goodness sake. Happy Holidays!”

“We want people to know that going to church has absolutely nothing to do with being a good person,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists, in a statement. “The things that are most important during the holiday season—spending time with loved ones, charity and being merry—have nothing to do with religion.”

National program director for American Atheists Nick Fish said the billboards were strategically placed in markets where atheist voices aren’t always heard. The point is to put them in places where they might stir up a little controversy.

“We wanted to challenge the notion that everyone in their town is religious—they’re not,” Fish said in a statement to Adweek. “We’re trying to make it easier to make people open and honest about what they believe.” Fish said the new campaign has largely received negative feedback from Christian groups and passers by however, some people have thanked the organization for spreading its message in predominately religious areas. He said that the organization has received offers from other markets to run the billboards, but no decisions have been made. The Billboards will run through the end of the month.

Feature image via Adweek

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  1. JrzygirlLA

    December 10, 2015 at 9:12 am

    How about being a little more equal opportunity anti-religion? American atheists love to pick on Christianity, but I’ve rarely if ever seen them have the balls togo after Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hindus, Wicca…you get the picture.

  2. atwells55

    December 10, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Those other religions don’t s[pend a great deal of time bullying others )in the USA). Christians are agressiove in bulling others. So they’re the ones to go after. that simple.

  3. Martin Pollard

    December 10, 2015 at 9:48 am

    That’s right. When you’re looking to make a statement, you take on the biggest bully in the room, and that bully is Christianity. Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hindi, Wicca, etc. are barely a blip on the radar; going after them with your message would only result in the Big Bully becoming emboldened and being an even BIGGER bully (“See! They’re picking on the little guys! Now’s our chance to really get in their faces!”). It’s just like marketing: you go after the segment that makes the biggest impact.

  4. teddy rodosovich

    December 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

    you go after the disease that is most prevalent in your day-to-day life.

  5. Ricardo Salinas

    December 10, 2015 at 11:18 am

    That is because you Christians are always IDIOTS.

  6. Jeff Zurschmeide

    December 10, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Oh for crying out loud – Ruin Christmas? Sheesh – are people really that fragile?

  7. jrzygirl65

    December 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I suggest you all invest in a mirror. Wow. You people don’t even know me or what faith I do or do not practice. I happen to dabble in the Wiccan faith but am pretty much non-committal to any religion, though I was raised by a lapsed Catholic. But point out the hypocrisy of many atheists and it’s clear you folks are the same animal with different spots. If they put up a billboard in Dearborn, Michigan that read “Skip the Mosque, just be good to each other”–you folks would keep your mouths just while the Muslim community had a fit.

  8. Tom

    December 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Am thinking that you are over rating atheism. Note sure anyone’s Christmas will have any impact.

  9. jrzygirl65

    December 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    You might want to tell the good folks of the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs, or the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem that they’re 1) a disease and 2) not relevant.

  10. jrzygirl65

    December 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    What about a billboard in Dearborn, Michigan, which has the largest Muslim population in the United States? Or a billboard in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles which is predominantly Jewish, with temples on every street corner? I’m a very open-minded Pagan of Christian upbringing but I’ve personally experienced more online bullying from atheists than just about any other religion. You’re also stated that all Christians are bullies–how is that not hypocritical?

  11. jrzygirl65

    December 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    ^ This.

  12. Jeff Black

    December 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I go after Islam all the time, but the biggest problem in America is Christianity.
    The Christians are the ones in power. The Christians are the ones making laws (or trying to) on the basis of their religion to try to deny other people rights. The Christians are the ones crying out that in order to be American, you need to be Christian. The Christians are the ones complaining that they no longer get to indoctrinate children in schools. And so on.

    Once Christianity stops being such a big problem, so Islam can then take centre stage, people will go after them.

  13. Jeff Black

    December 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Also note that while Christmas is technically of pagan origin, it is predominately associated with Christianity.

    How about they try and arrange a billboard for Islam around the time of Eid?

  14. chemtriaan

    December 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I figure that if the word “church” could be used synonymously for similar places of worship. The underlying message would still remain the same.

  15. MR Howard

    December 10, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    We do, you just don’t see as much of it because christianity is the largest religion in the country.

  16. Mufasa

    December 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

    You’re kidding, right? First off, Buddhism isn’t a religion, it’s a lifestyle. There’s no higher power, no being to worship; just really one rule-Don’t be a dick.
    Second-There are plenty of secularists that go after other religions, but they aren’t as prevalent in the states, so it’s not as well broadcast. The main reason there is so much vocalization against xtianity in the U.S. is because xtians keep trying to push our gubment further from a secular one, to one that bends over for the church. If the push for a religious-based gubment were to end and secular laws were actually enforced, there would be far fewer “attacks” on xtianity.

  17. John Baker

    January 1, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Oh, it’ll have an impact, all right. There’s a sizable percentage of self-proclaimed Christians out there who jump at any chance to be offended – and to let you know about it.

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