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The Irritated Atheists

qxn57The atheists have a bee in their bonnet this time of year, every year.  The birth of Jesus pushes them over the top and leads them to pay $25,000 to take out a billboard ad in Times Square with a picture of Santa on the top and a picture of Christ being crucified on the bottom. The caption reads, “Keep the merry – Drop the myth.”

It’s been there from mid-December and will be displayed for a month.  One can only wonder if such hateful sentiments were directed toward blacks, or any other people group, what an outcry would arise.  But Christians seem to be the ones that are fair game.  When the atheists tried in March 2012 to erect a billboard in the heavily Jewish Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, the owner of site refused access to the installers from Clear Channel advertising.

Hate crime?  No, just “expressing our opinion”.  Never mind that Christian writings shutterstock_102476237have many times more original manuscripts than other writings that we accept as history, and that historical figures such as Jesus were written about by historians such as Josephus.  But it’s not history, say the atheists.

They’ve had other ads at this time of year, generally in New York City, which we all know is the hotbed for evangelical Christian belief.  Actually, there is a great “Times Square Church” now in the part of town where once there were only porn shops and peep shows.  I guess that’s preferable?

0So why do the atheists feel a need to fight against something… that doesn’t even exist?

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks”, as Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude would say.  But then we all know that William Shakespeare probably didn’t exist, either.

In a recent interview,  David Silverman, president of American Atheists explained their rationale for the billboard.

“Most Christians are really atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion.”

Well, thank you for freeing these poor, deluded souls.  Apparently, Silverman likens himself to a Savior, a Redeemer, a Messianic figure out to save humanity.

Sorry, Dave, it’s already been done.  But it is interesting how you feel drawn to such a role and how, in our live and let live society, nobody feels the need to personally attack you while you spend your time personally attacking their beliefs.

What a colossal waste of time and energy.

Lamar Advertising Company of Baton Rouge, LA, says they have not received one. complaint. about. the. ad.  Really?  Really???  Now we all know that the mythological Santa will not be bringing those bad boys and girls any toys if they keep on with those kinds of statements.  Is it time that they hear from you?   Their corporate phone number is 1-800-235-2627.  Their general info e-mail is for Tiffany Wall:  twall @ lamar.com (no spaces).

They will argue that it’s freedom of speech.  You will argue that it’s a hate crime.

Merry Christmas.




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