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]

  • Christina

    Two wrongs don’t make a right! Didn’t we learn this when we were 5?

  • mimi

    Dont paint everyone with broad strokes. You have gay christians leading their own churchs, You have pro-abortion christians ect. Also, not all atheist are pro-gay marriage.

    My point isnt that Christianity is “perfect”. My point is, they are doing the exact same thing that they claim they hate. Pots calling kettles black.

  • http://gravatar.com/gennatay gennatay


    When did I insinuate that either side was right/wrong? You read too much into my comment and assumed.

    Ask first, didn’t we learn that when er were 5?

  • mimi

    Please dont paint everyone with broad strokes. While that is true, there are also many pro-gay marriage christians. Dont think that all atheist are pro-gay marriage, or even pro-abortion.

    The point of my post was not to say that Christianity is perfect, but the organization that put the billboard up are guilty of doing the exact same thing that they say Christianity does. Pots calling Kettles black.
    Intolerance is not okay on either side.

  • Christina

    Ok gennatay, so now I’ll ask. what was the point of your comment “but Christians force their beliefs on society all the time.” That comment implies that you’re stating-since Christians do it, Atheists can do it too.