Atheists plan billboard campaign this Christmas season
'You Know It's A Myth. This Season, Celebrate Reason,' one billboard will read
"You Know It's A Myth. This Season, Celebrate Reason," was one tagline offered up on a billboard by the American Atheists organization one holiday season. The atheists intend to put up more billboards this year, some featuring images of Santa, Jesus, Poseidon and the devil next to the message: "37 Million Americans know MYTHS when they see them."
Yet another sign will feature the phrase '2 Million Floridians don't believe in gods,' according to the New Times.
One pastor declared that the new sign shows "ignorance."
"Only the most dense and simple-minded person would put [Jesus] in the same category as the other three. Clearly, even those who lack a personal commitment to Jesus recognize that there was in fact some historical figure by this name -- religious leader and teacher -- around 2,000 years ago."
The billboards are scheduled to go up in Ohio, New Jersey and Florida.
While the billboards may anger some, American Atheists Communications Director Blair Scott said the signs aren't meant to be offensive, but that he understands why it happens.
"When you question someone's long-held beliefs and doctrine they are going to be immediately offended and be on the defensive: it's a known psychological phenomenon," he says.
Additional signs advertising the American Atheists Regional Convention will be put up in parts of Florida, set to take place in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 17 and 18, the Broward Palm Beach New Times reports.
Yet another sign will feature the phrase "2 Million Floridians don't believe in gods," according to the New Times.
Atheists aren't the only group looking make their mark on the holidays. Several groups including humanists and Christians have launched their own movements to reclaim the season.
The American Humanist Association placed signs featuring scripture passages depicting a "violent" God against passages that depict a kind one. The Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal advocacy group, moved forward with its "Return Christ to Christmas" campaign.
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