Dump the myth billboard

The holiday season is in full swing, and while folks are out decking the halls, secular group American Atheists is back with yet another controversial holiday billboard.

This year, the group funded a two-story Times Square billboard in New York City that urged passersby to “Keep the Merry” of Christmas, but “Dump the Myth” of Jesus Christ.

American Atheists raised $25,000 for the billboard, which will run through the entire Holiday season. And while some wonder why the group has taken a jab at Christianity, while excluding other religions that celebrate around this time of year, a spokesman for American Atheists told Fox News that’s it’s time people to celebrate Christmas without feeling pressured to believe in Christ.

“Most Christians are really atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion,” David Silverman, American Atheists president, told Fox News. “They need not be Christian to enjoy the holiday season.

The group’s website gives more details:

“The true beauty of the season—family, friends, and love—have nothing to do with the gods of yesteryear.  Indeed, the season is far more enjoyable without the religious baggage of guilt and judgmentalism. Dump the myth and have a happy holiday season.”

Predictably, Christians aren’t too keen on the group’s billboard. The Catholic League, one of American Atheists biggest critics, have been outspoken about the billboard.

“This year it’s different,” Bill Donohue, the Catholic League spokesman, said. “This is vile. When you depict Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, this is exploitative. We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists. But they can’t seem to say, ‘We simply disagree with you.’ They have to insult us.”

While American Atheists have the right to share their views, it seems a bit disingenuous that they are critical of those want to incorporate their religious view into their holiday celebrations simply because they don’t.

What do you think of the billboard?  

Source: Times Square Atheist Billboard Says ‘Dump The Myth’ With A Picture Of Jesus Christ [Inquisitr]

  • http://twitter.com/0oIAMSHEo0 IAMSHE (@0oIAMSHEo0)

    All I can say is, I will protect anyone’s right to believe and testify to whatever they want so long as the only person that those beliefs will harm is themselves. Free speech for ALL (not just those you agree with).

    Lastly, who in their right mind could lie like that as easily as Bill Donohue? He’s knows that’s a lie, right? RIGHT?

  • Liz

    People need people to tell them that something is okay in order for them to feel okay with it to. From birth Christians program their children with the same guilt and fear that they were programmed with as a child. I know a lot of people who don’t truly believe in Christianity but they are still too scared to completely reject the idea based on the fear that they have carried with them from childhood. It is sad and I think this billboard and the message that the creators of this billboard have is a good thing. Dump the guilt, fear and judgement and enjoy life and enjoy the holiday season. YOU HAVE PERMISSION.

  • NAME WITHHELD

    I’m an Atheist but think the American Atheist group went overboard with this. Kinda uncalled for. Maybe they just did it for Shock Value!?

    Granted, not ALL Christians and religious people force their religions unto others but SOME, heck a LOT OF them try to convert you. Jehova’s Witnesses knocking, uninvited, at your door, family members trying to convert you and telling you that you’re going if you don’t accept Christ or Mohamed, etc.

    Come on, can we just live and go about our lives without this constant harassment!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/saidahwk Ali Wilson

    I’m an atheist and I approved this message! Personally, I’ve issues with Christians shoving horrific portrayals of Roman torture down my throat all damn year long. You don’t see me whining about it. Frankly, telling Christians that Jesus is a myth is like telling kids there is no Santa Claus; you’re not going to get brownie points for it, but at the end of the day, who cares? They were going to figure out eventually. At some point, every kid catches his parents wrapping his Christmas presents, and every Christian realizes that no one has ever been healed of an amputated limb. Whatever.