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]

104 Comments

  1. Well, it’s that time of year again!

  2. “We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists.”

    O_O

    Controversy aside, I can’t believe someone actually said this…and meant it. Wow.

    • Hepburn3

      I have been insulted and harassed by atheists. It seems to happen on both sides which is just pathetic.
      I do not and never have pushed what I believe onto other people, I wish that they would do the same.
      To me this atheist group are just as annoying, sad and belligerent as the over zealous Christian fundamentalists.

    • EST. 1986

      Maybe not you, but many Christians do. I mean, for goodness sakes, I can’t even log onto my Facebook account without having to see status updates from Christians promoting their faith.

  3. SAMURAI36

    For anyone to say that Christians never harrass, intimidate or insult anyone that is a non-Christian, is a flat out lie.

    But it’s good to see people waking up.

  4. Sasha

    I am so glad to have my Catholic faith during this time of year. I absolutely respect Athiests and what they choose to believe or not to believe but I am growing increasingly disgusted and sick of Atheists constant disrespect of all religions but especially Christianity. You are well within your right to believe whatever you want however you diminish your message and credibility by attacking a religion/ system that has nothing to do with you.

    And to this quote, “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.” I say this: No one is forcing you to convert or worship Jesus. You are free to celebrate Christmas but hey its called CHRISTmas for a reason. It may be a myth but there are facts as well. Some Atheists make me so damn sick sometimes. I am going close out of this window and finish hanging up CHRISTmas decorations and hope to put up my CHRISTmas tree tonight. Have fun with your billboard and false sense of self-righteousness.

    • Treece

      YES to all of this! I was going to post a comment, but I read them first and I am 100% with yours. People need to quit the judgement and stop trying to make other people believe what they believe. Someone above said something about “waking up” to the truth, in support of the billboard. I’ve already awakened to MY truth and that is Jesus Christ. Let me live in Him as people let you choose to live in atheism. This billboard is insulting and demeaning. It’s also incorrect b/c the purpose of celebrating Christmas is to honor the birth of CHRIST. If you don’t like that, then make up another holiday for atheists in which you give gifts and sing carols and leave Christians be…..

    • No one celebrates CHRISTmas anymore because of Christianity. It’s all about the gifts etc. I constantly see religious symbols in everyday life and religious people have that right but don’t get on atheists for stating their beliefs when Christians and others do so in everyday life. And laws are made that discriminate against people because of what a religious text says. I think that’s disrespectful. My reason for not believing in all religions is that I don’t want something to mandate what I should and shouldn’t believe. I’m sick of being told by Christians that I’m going to hell because I don’t believe in God. The disrespect comes from both sides. I think people can have logical debates about why they choose to believe or not believe in God.

    • Witty

      “And laws are made that discriminate against people because of what a religious text says. I think that’s disrespectful.”

      So thou shall not kill is disrespectful?
      and your husband or wife cheating on you is okay right?

    • SAMURAI36

      @Witty:

      Since when do we need a book to tell us the most basic life principles, like the Golden rule, or not to kill & steal? People live their entire lives by these principles everyday, & don’t believe in religion whatsoever.

      Besides, if you actually read your Bible, you’d know that it constantly contradicts itself with these “values”… So much murder, rape, theft, etc was committed not only in the name of God in the Bible, but also by God himself.

      You’ll pardon me if I don’t subscribe to such a hypocritical & schizophrenic Deity.

  5. “We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists.”

    I interpreted that as him saying he personally doesn’t do that and neither do other members of the Catholic League–not Christians as a whole.

    I wholeheartedly support the atheist group’s right to put up the billboard. I also agree with Donohue that the use of the crucifixion imagery is insensitive. There are ways to disagree with people that increase the likelihood that your message will be well-received, and this billboard ain’t it.

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