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First on CNN: Atheists ratchet up rhetoric, use billboards to attack Republican politicians
March 3rd, 2013
05:00 AM ET

First on CNN: Atheists ratchet up rhetoric, use billboards to attack Republican politicians

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – An atheist organization known for being provocative plans to take that reputation to the next level this week by putting up seven billboards that call out prominent politicians and religious leaders.

American Atheists plans to target three Republican politicians: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former House Speak Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The seven signs will go up around Dallas and Austin, Texas.

In one billboard, a picture of Palin is featured on the left, with a quote attributed to her. "We should create law based on the God of the Bible," the quote reads. Underneath the graphic is a tag line "GO GODLESS INSTEAD."

The billboard, however, misquotes Palin. In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly, Palin addressed the growth in American secularism by saying America's founding fathers "would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments," not "should."

Each of the billboards has a similar format and includes a pitch for the group’s 50th anniversary convention in Austin.

Santorum is condemned for when he told an Iowa crowd last November that, "our civil laws have to comport with a higher law: God's law," while Gingrich is criticized for a remark he made at a CNN debate on October 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. "How can I trust you with power if you don't pray," Gingrich posited.

Virginia Davis, spokeswoman for Santorum, thanked American Atheists for the publicity.

"At a time when many are trying to remove God from the public square, the senator is appreciative of someone helping him very publicly express his strong belief that we are one nation under God," Davis wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

American Atheists President David Silverman, however, sees the billboards as a way to shame the targets.

"We at American Atheists are shaming these leaders for their bigoted and backwards remarks and attitudes, and conveying a message to today's atheists that we need not take it anymore," Silverman wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

Two religious leaders, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor at the First Baptist Dallas, and Benedict XVI, now the pope emeritus, also are featured on billboards.

Jeffress' billboard includes a quote the pastor said during a 2008 sermon titled, "Gay Is Not OK." "What they [homosexuals] do is filthy," reads the billboard. Under the quote is the phrase "Go Godless Instead" and a rainbow flag, a symbol of gay rights.

This will be the only ad placed in Dallas, featured in a busy stretch of Interstate 30 and only a few miles from Jeffress' large church.

The First Baptist Church of Dallas is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jeffress, who has been in its pulpit since 2007, is no stranger to controversy, including comments about Judiasm and Catholicism. After introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington in October 2011, Jeffress told reporters he believed Mormonism was a cult, expressing a personal position and one held by his denomination. The move was seen as a particular slight to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a lifelong Mormon.

The billboard featuring Benedict XVI, who stepped down Thursday, cites a New York Times article entitled, "Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys." "The Church Protected Priests Who Abused Children," reads the billboard.

Silverman says the group plans to spend $25,000 on the billboards, which will go up on Monday and remain up for the rest of March.

"Everyone should be allowed to profess their faith, of course, but that does not shield them from criticism," Silverman wrote. "Everyone has the responsibility to lead moral lives, and 'It's my religion' is not an excuse for bigotry or immorality."

Silverman continued: "Some Americans seem to think that bigotry in the name of religion is somehow permissible. It is not. We hope that the believers of Austin place anti-atheist bigotry in the same category as anti-Semitism or racism - a relic of the past that needs to be jettisoned for all the right reasons."

Six of the billboards will be dispersed around the Austin area, with four placed on high traffic freeways.

This is not the first time American Atheists has used billboards to get its message out.

Last March, the group targeted Muslims and Jews with billboards that called God a "myth" in both Arabic and Hebrew.

In November 2010, the same group posted a billboard around the holiday season that read, "You KNOW it's a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON."

Silverman, who has been criticized for this in-your-face atheism, has long defended the tactic, saying that the confrontation is meant to "grow the cause and benefit the country."

"That's why companies buy billboards - to get attention," Silverman wrote.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Catholic Church • Newt Gingrich • Politics • Pope • Rick Santorum • Sarah Palin

soundoff (3,513 Responses)
  1. William Miller

    I'm a Democrat, but I'm not an atheist. I see this billboard strategy on the part of these atheists as pointless and probably counterproductive. I strongly disagree with the political stances on most issues with the Republicans being targeted here, and I realize there's a great deal of moral hypocrisy within a Republican Party that pretends to care about God, but blames poor people for their poverty. Yet, in effect, attacking religion itself will only serve to isolate these atheists from the mainstream (most Americans do actually believe in God), and, therefore, it only helps Republicans in their largely false conceit that they are the party of God. If they should become so, God help us all.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • tony

      Anything that makes people actually think for themselves, while listening to the strange things spoken in sermons, can't be bad.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Joe

      Very well said. The problem is not with the religiousness of the politicians, but rather that they are hypocritical and their behavior entirely un-Christian. Unfortunately the vitriol of the atheists posting to these blogs precludes intelligent conversation.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Nietodarwin

      I am an atheist, but I agree. These extreme religious GOP people already do themselves enough damage with their extreme statements. I LOVE the atheist billboards, especially for kids who are old enough to read, so they have a chance to think their way out of the brainwashing, but we can keep the politics out of it. Nones on the bus and nuns on the bus won this last election.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • End Religion

      William, we will no longer coddle the religious. We've tried live and let live. The religious weren't satisfied with the status quo but have now wormed their way into law. They want theocracy. It ends here. We'll not sit idly by any longer. Let them cry and wail about persecution. So be it. Religion is dying and now is the time to make our presence known. It is simply absurd that a civilized country still shows respect for these childish notions. No more.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • End Religion

      BTW, there's a large festival in Austin this month, so these billboards are timed to target teens. We are taking the children with us. Yes, your daughters too.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Dave

      William, I am a Democrat and a practicing Catholic. I, too, am sick of Republicans pushing their agenda that neglects the poor and blames them for their problems while at the same time using the Holy Bible to push their agenda that isn't totally Christian. I hope that any neoconservative would look through the gospels that Byzantine Catholics and Orthodox hear on the Sundays that lead up to Lent and even listen to the USCCB before they hold up the bible or cite their Christian beliefs while flouting their anti-poor positions. God bless all.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • Melissa

      Who said I wanted to be part of the main stream? The main stream of this country are a bunch of id iots. Centuries ago, people this stu pid would be killed off by getting eaten by wolves or killed by a plague because they're be the same people to wander in to the woods without protection or not bathe. These are the same people that guest star on trash tv, and think reality tv is the greatest thing since sliced bread. These are the same people that believe everything the republicans say even after repeated proof that they're being lied to. I don't want to be main stream, I actually want to be intelligent and capable of critical thinking unlike most of the population in this country.

      Main stream is a BAD place to be.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • skytag

      I'm an atheist but not a Democrat, and I agree with you. I think this effort is misguided. Only a fool would believe a billboard can convince people to abandon their religious beliefs. Furthermore, one doesn't need to be an atheist to reject the idea that America should be a Christian theocracy.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  2. caucas

    "We at American Atheists are shaming these leaders for their bigoted and backwards remarks and attudes, and conveying a message to today's atheists that we need not take it anymore," Silverman wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

    Yes, that sounds sincere. NOT!

    Rally? What about all the hullabaloo at Christmas time? feigning amnesia?

    March 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  3. talkingraven1

    Some of the worst crimes against humanity were done in the name of god. Most of the worst criminals were those who professed to believe in god. Look at forner VP Dick Cheney. He orchestrtaed the attack of the world trade center, killing three thousand people and he runs around free to this day. The Catholic church is the woerld's largest criminal organization, that protects the worst hypocrites and criminals who hide behind the sign of the cross.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      really what about pol pot, stalin and mao?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Joe

      So you're comparing a single terrorist attack conspiracy theory and a deranged vice president (who I agree gave anyone of faith a bad name) to the atheistic Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and the level of their crimes against humanity?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • asingleverse

      Reductio ad Stalinum

      March 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Hez316

      Wow! That certainly discounts a lot of good the Catholic Church does in the world

      March 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • End Religion

      Debunked, refuted and dispelled about 10 times a day. None of these characters, whether they were atheist or not, killed in the name of a lack of belief in a god. Some of them suppressed religion as a tool to further the goal of totalitarian control.

      "State-imposed atheism" is a misnomer; there can be no such thing. Imposed irreligion is not atheism. Atheism is only the lack of belief in a god; one can't force people to not believe in a god.

      The actions of Mao, Pol and Joe (who attended seminary) were totalitarian opportunists. They sought total authority and banned religion which would compete with that authority. The pursuit of control over a people was the cause for the bloodshed.

      Although Stalin initially sought to rid Russia of religion, once firmly in office he re-instituted the Russian Orthodox Church and re-opened theological schools. Suppression of religion was a tool not a reason.

      Pol Pot is said to have practiced some Theravada Buddhism (and his Khmer Rouge were radical Buddhists). He studied at a Catholic school in Phnom Pen for 8 years. This mad man targeted not only religion but science, medicine and education. Political dissent was not permitted, with torture a common sentence.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Adolf_Hitler

      Hitler was raised Catholic. In his book Mein Kampf and in public speeches he made statements affirming a belief in Christianity. He called the purge of Jews "positive Christianity." While there is debate over his actual private feelings about the faith, he was a publicly practicing Christian. There exists no known evidence that Hitler was an atheist or agnostic. Again: evidence he was Christian; no evidence he was otherwise.

      Hitler said: "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."

      The Reichskonkordat was a treaty signed on 20 July 1933 between the Holy See (Catholic Church) and Nazi Germany, guaranteeing the rights of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, giving moral legitimacy to the Nazi regime soon after Hitler had acquired dictatorial powers, and placing constraints on Catholic critics of the regime, leading to a muted response by the Church to Nazi policies. Yes, the Catholic Church colluded with Nazis.

      http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?ti.tle=20th_century_atrocities (take dot out of 'title')
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reductio_ad_Hitlerum
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

      March 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Melissa

      Hitler was a Catholic, NOT an Atheist. He even admits it in Mein Kampf. Stalin did not do what he did in the name of Atheism, unlike most Christians who love to claim that they do everything in the name of their god, no... Stalin was just a nut grabbing for power. What he didn't get was that if he claimed to be religious, he'd have gotten real power because stu pid people fall for it.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Melissa

      End Religion, wish we had the ability to favor certain authors because you'd be on my list.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • Spencer

      Hitler was a Christian, try again.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  4. foreverhauntingme

    Religion has no place in politics and when people finally get that, this country will be a much better place.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Joe

      And the evidence for your theory is what? Because you say so?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      really how so?

      the natureal state of man is live under tyranny. history has proven that.

      communist had no religion.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Joe: How about the fact that your constitution calls for the separation of church and state???If churches want involved in politics then they need to cough up their share of tax dollars. If you wish to live in a theocracy try an Islamic country, otherwise enjoy the Secular one you reside in.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Mike

      Because every country that has religion directly intertwined with governance is eff'd up. Is that enough proof, or do you REALLY want the U.S. version the Taliban in control?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Joe

      @TruthPrevails. I agree entirely with separation of church & state, please make no mistake. I simply believe that politicians need a healthy dose of serious morality consistent with Christian principles. If atheism had the capacity to publish such moral principles (it really doesn't by its nature) I'd support that as well.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • Mike

      @Preston Blair Maximilian III: Iran has religion build into it's government, so is that political structure more favorable?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • WhenCowsAttack

      Joe, where are you getting such silly ideas?

      Morals and values are needed in order to form a society in which we can live with one another. Humans need to live together, therefore we develop rules. It really is that simple, no God needed.

      Do you think we atheists do not love our families, friends and children? Or that we don't care what sort of world we leave behind for our descendents? Because that's just flat out wrong.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • Ancient Texan

      So only athiests should hold public office? Most voters will go with identifiable traits that religious folks are known for.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Joe: Morality doesn't come from your bubyull idiot!! Look in your jail system before saying we're immoral...we comprise a whopping 1% of it, while you christians comprise 75%...if you're in jail it's usually due to having done something immoral and once again you do not stand for your constitution.

      The No Religious Test Clause of the United States Constitution is found in Article VI, paragraph 3, and states that:

      The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  5. richard miller

    Of course politicians say silly stuff all the time.Let's not forget that christianity changesd the world.There may be a sep of church and state,as you like to go on and on about.The west,the USA,remade the world-for the better

    March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  6. DrPhill

    Democrats, Atheists.....what's the difference? They're all Liberals.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • tony

      Don't forget Christ in your list

      March 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      actually, that's just false if not stupid

      March 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • DrPhill

      Hey, the truth hurts but somebody's gotta say it.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
  7. tony

    Believers comments on this blog are the best thing that ever happened to atheism.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • Joe

      Atheists' comments on this blog serve to strengthen the faith of the believers likewise.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • ElmerGantry

      Hit the nail squarely on the head.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • Nietodarwin

      Very true. The great part is that there are more and more people of reason posting on here. "Faith " is just delusion and mental illness. Dragging innocent children to church should be a crime. Send these religious nutjobs back behind closed doors and get them out of government.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  8. PFL2

    The politicians that do pray have done such a wonderful job with things......... maybe it is time to trust someone who doesn't.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things.
    Prayer changes things
    Proven.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • ElmerGantry

      Bing!

      March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • tony

      So that's why we are healthy and you are mentally disturbed?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • PFL2

      Teaching kids to believe in fairy tales is the way to go?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • mhub

      This has nothing to do with whether prayer changes anything...it has to do with whether it is appropriate for the government to shove it down our throats, as the GOP has been trying to do,

      March 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • talkingraven1

      If that is true, then a whole lot of people have been praying for conditions to get worse, not better.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  10. Atheismus

    Millions have been killed over the ages in the name of religion. Ignacius Loyola, who murdered South American Indians because they wouldn't switch to Christianity, became a Saint! And what did god do about such atrocities? Nothing. Voltaire, the philosopher, summed it up by saying that once god created the Universe he left it to its own devices. That's a mild version of saying "there ain't no god" but the message is clear: don't waste your time praying; nobody listens. Just do good and be nice and kind to others. You don't need any gods for that.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • Joe

      Tens of millions have been killed in the past century in the name of atheistic communism. Fact.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      millions have not been killed by religion.

      more people have been killed by idealogy.

      namely the godless communist. 160 million dead

      March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • Hez316

      Neither did Mao or Stalin

      March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • Akira

      It wasn’t atheism that killed these people, it was totalitarianism. None of those killed were in the name of atheism; it was a government that did that. Please learn the difference.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • asingleverse

      It always comes down to Mao and Stalin.. better known as Reductio ad Hitlerum's close cousin.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Mike

      I think it's hilarious how Joe and Preston act like the Crusades, Jihads, witch hunts, and Church sanctioned slavery never happened!

      March 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Atheisim-Religion-of-the_Undead

      Millions more killed by non religious groups.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
  11. talkingraven1

    'A thousand prayers cannot compare to what a single act of compassion can achieve.' -Mezo

    March 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • Joe

      A thousand atheists whining on cnn and putting up billboards cannot compare to 1/1000000th of the charitable activities performed around the world by religious organizations. – Joe

      March 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  12. Preston Blair Maximilian III

    as an atheist i believe this billboard is really part to the democrat agenda.

    i can look up sarah palins quote and she did not say what they put on the billboard.

    so i ask if i can hear and read the actual quote on the internet, and i know the word is would not should.

    why would they use the word "should" in her quote?

    explain liberals and democrats.

    what was the value of changing that one word?

    March 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      You're being disingenuous, and you know it. Why not address your question to the organization responsible (American Atheists) instead of "liberals?" You make yourself look a fool with each comment you make.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      once again anothother name calling liberal.

      do you guys use a handbook full names?

      starts out with inbred

      gun nut

      hillbilly

      and so on?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Preston, you're a liar. Keep up the good work by continuing to lie. I appreciate it.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • End Religion

      Preston, you know that lying is a Top 10 Sin, right?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  13. Celebrate April Fool's Day

    An Atheist goes to court to sue over not having a special holiday for Atheists.

    He states that the Christians have Christmas, the Jewish have Hanukkah, and the Muslims have Ramadan.

    The judge takes a recess then returns and announces, "sir, your suit is not accepted for contrary to it, Atheist do have a holiday".

    The judge then calls to the bailiff to bring him the Bible that is used in the Court.

    After searching for a few moments, he quotes from the Bible, "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God..." (Psalms 14:1).

    The Judge continues, "thus, it is established that you do have your own holiday, it is April 1st, April Fools' Day".

    Case dismissed.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • WhenCowsAttack

      That's 'tarded, sorry.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • .

      Ever seen an atheist billboard that carries a positive message?

      NEVER!

      March 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Joe

      @WhenCowsAttack It's intended to be a joke, albeit a pretty bad one. Your use of the term retarded as derogatory is, however, offensive.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • tomnikoly

      You've just proven that "conservative comedy" is an oxymoron.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      We should start slow. Perhaps Obama can declare a special national day of unbelief.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • smack1114

      So you're saying that it is not foolish to believe in a boat that carried 2 of every animal? The earth is 6000 years old? Unfortunately Atheists are required because fools believe in the bible, quran, etc. If those fools go away then so do Atheists.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • End Religion

      Preston, keep your day job.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  14. Gerald X

    To Topher: The Christian Church, with it's many TV and radio programs along with the mega-marketing of Christian products and services is running a full-blown propaganda program for their believers and to the non-believers. It's the only religion that incessantly pushes their beliefs on others. I don't see that from Muslims, Hindus, Jews or Buddhists.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Dave

      Are you ignorant? Jihadists pushing Islam on other people, essensially saying convert to Islam or die. Or how about the powerful Jewish lobby which is just as powerful as the Christians in pushing their agenda through our government. They tried to defeat Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense because they didn't see him as pro-Israel. Atheists even push their beliefs on others in the form of taking God out of the public sphere and their relativist agenda. So Gerald, think before posting such a bogus comment. Good luck to you.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  15. tomnikoly

    Excellent.

    The theocrats need to be exposed as to who they are and their agenda. It's real.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  16. VeganSemon

    Shaming is not effective and seems childish. I am an Atheist and see nothing positive about these billboards. What will change people's minds? Ending the ignorance organized religion has demanded Americans embrace.

    March 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • tomnikoly

      I suggest you read "The Family" by Jeff Sharlet and research a man named Douglas Coe. These people are dangerous and must be exposed just to let them know that we're on to them and their agenda.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  17. palintwit

    I would imagine that teabaggers are wandering around their trailer parks like little lost zombies now that Sarah Palin is no longer on Fake News. Who directs their lives for them now? Honey Boo Boo?

    March 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      typical liberal putting people down they disagree with instead of arguing the issues.

      there are some good videos on youtube where people mimic arguments with liberals. they are really funny but so true.

      you have the liberal always saying "you are bigot"

      "you are a racist"

      "you are an inbred"

      and so on. during the argument.

      these are some of funniest videos i have ever watched.

      March 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • ElmerGantry

      If memory serves me correctly, I read that Herman Cain of U-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan fame is replacing the Palin.

      March 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • Akira

      Preston, bigoted behavior should always be called out, and some of the most bigoted behavior has been repeatedly been illustrated by the four people portrayed in the billboard above.
      It isn't a liberal thing to call out this behavior, it is a moral thing.
      It's done by both sides, this is true, but trying to codify bigotry into law while using religion as its basis is repugnant.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
  18. Preston Blair Maximilian III

    i have a feeling the billboard was most likely put up by democrats who may be atheist.

    considering they gave a quote to sarah palin she never made.

    and by calling themself atheist instead of democrats they are hoping people will buy into this.

    obama is just as mucha xtian as these people.

    and sarah palin never said any such thing.

    i smell a rat.

    March 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • asingleverse

      They misquoted one word of her statement.

      The billboard, however, misquotes Palin. In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly, Palin addressed the growth in American secularism by saying America's founding fathers "would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments," not "should."

      Maybe you should try actually reading the article.

      March 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      they completely misrepresented what sarah palin said.

      and you know it.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • asingleverse

      First she didn't say it, now she's being "misrepresented." Right.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Akira

      I suspect that you know nothing about David Silverman or his organization.
      I suspect you are just here to express your dissatisfaction of the POTUS, which is perfectly all right, but this would be YOUR agenda, and not the purpose of the billboards, which is: do not legislate religious beliefs into law in the United States, which is a secular nation, whether you approve or not.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      why did they change the word would into should?

      give me a answer on this? they know the actual quote why did they change this word?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • asingleverse

      It couldn't possibly have been human error. Heavens, no. Because atheists aren't allowed to make mistakes.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      or maybe its because the quote makes no sense when you leave it as it is, with the word would.

      correct?

      i am an atheist and i am being honest.

      lets all be honest.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Quote from the AnViL on the previous page to you:

      "Preston, you retarded moron... i've taken the liberty to retrieve sarah palins ignorant remarks for you so you can read them for yourself, idiot:

      'keep this clean, keep it simple. Go back to what our founders and our founding docvments meant– they’re quite clear– that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments, it’s quite simple.' – sarah palin

      so basically what we've proven here, is that you're an ignorant fvckwit."

      March 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • mike thomas

      They should have a few more (but confirm thew quotes, please. Add in those by the Iranian ayatollahs, Bin Laden, and the Taliban. There is very little difference since they all invoke the same made up god in their psyche. Taliban or Talibaptist, extremists aren't must different.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • Preston Blair Maximilian III

      she said WOULD, she is saying what the found fathers would do.

      thats a far cry from the word SHOULD.

      HER QUOTE IS APPLIED TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • End Religion

      Personally it sounds more frightening to me if they would have left it at "would".

      March 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      LOL, Preston, what does the phrase "go back," in her statement, mean other than "we should?" Moron.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Actually, what Palin said was STRONGER than "should." She gave an imperative command. "Go back..." That sentence only works with an implied subject which is "You." So, she's saying, "You go back" to that way of governance. That's not "should," that's "Do it now."

      What a 'tard, you are, Preston.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  19. ElmerGantry

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things REPEAT TROLL stated again.

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    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things
    Prayer changes things ,

    March 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things stated once again and again and again over and over; Ad Nauseum,
    "Prayer changes things"

    Earlier I challenged you to do something positive for humanity by praying to stop the international forced sëx trafficking of an estimatated 800,000 people.

    To wit,

    I see your prayers to stop the estimated 800,000 people who are forced into sëx traficking across international borders have not worked.
    Wait since prayer changes things that means you have not been praying to stop this scourge on humanity.

    Why won't you pray to stop this repulsive human abuse?

    Matthew 21:21:
    I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt,not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
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    [A true believer can ask a mountain to throw itself into the sea, and it will be done. LOL!]
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    Mark 9:23
    All things are possible to him who believes.

    Luke 1:37:
    For with God nothing will be impossible.

    John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

    John 14:14 If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.

    Nothing could be simpler or clearer than Jesus' promises about prayer in the Bible.
    So there you have it, straight from Jesus in the New Testament in clear, simple, and unequivocal terms.

    You are a sincere believer are you not?

    So go ahead and do it. Pray to god to eliminate forced international sëx traficking, bacterial disease, viral disease, genetic disorders, war, famine, etc.

    In Matthew 21:21 Jesus states; I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt you can do anything including making a mountain throw itself into the sea. You do have faith and do not doubt, RIGHT? So do it.

    Or perhaps your faith is not really up to snuff and you know that so you do not pray to end these human scourges but instead only come up with your usual wimpy statements and name calling.

    Sing it now,

    ♫♪ Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
    forward into battle see his banners go! ♫♪

    March 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • Juanito

      Elmer, you speak of the tragic consequences of our brokenness with a holy God. He promises to end to very things you plead for all believers to pray. It will be done on His time and on His terms, as promised and prophesied in the Scriptures.

      We do pray for the end of our brothers and sisters' suffering, including yours, whether you are a believer or not.

      If you are like other agnostics and self proclaimed athiests, you have done very little to do anything about that which you rage against in your own neighborhood, much less the world.

      Most charity in battling the sins of this world is done by various denominations of Christian charity. We will continue to pray for His intervention, and we rely on His perfect knowledge and will that it will be done.

      As He promised in Scriptures, He will do just what you asked.

      I truly pray that your eyes, heart and mind open to His Word, Will and His Ways.

      In His Love, Juanito.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • ElmerGantry

      @juanito,

      Do you believe those clear, concise, and unequivocal statements by Jesus?

      If you do then you have the power to end all these maladies, so do it.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Juanito

      (Not sure if my second response posted, so it this is redundant, I apologize).

      Elmer, I do truly believe in the Scriptures, and that all I pray for will be answered. Sometimes with a 'yes', other times with a 'no'. If you're going to use the Bible, don't forget the quotes regarding His Holiness, His perfect knowledge, His perfect Will, and His perfect Judgement.

      Using select verses of the Scripture as slingshot ammunition in vain attempts to ridicule believers is juvenile. You really don't care about the sins of this world or you would be doing something about it on your block, in your neighborhood or in the world.

      But you have taken the time to reflect on metaphysics, otherwise you wouldnt have taken the time to look up Scripture, much less dwell enough on it to devote the time and energy to troll these sites and give your opinions.

      God does matter to you and you're just trying to figure him out and what your place and purpose is in the grand scheme of His creation.

      I know this because I did exactly what you are doing.

      I hope and pray that you have an encounter with Him, and you're humble enough to know it when when it happens.

      In His Love! Juanito.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  20. Chad

    I thought atheism was just non-belief, that it wasnt a belief system?

    guess that sham is ended officially at this point...

    March 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Of course you'd come to that conclusion, Chad, why would you reason sensibly this time?

      March 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Akira

      Chad, if you don't like all of Christianity being judged by one organization, it is advisable to refrain from doing the same of atheists.

      March 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Chad

      @Akira ", if you don't like all of Christianity being judged by one organization, it is advisable to refrain from doing the same of atheists."
      @Chad "Touche'

      good argument..

      March 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • End Religion

      Chad did you become a full-time minster yet?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • tomnikoly

      How?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Chad

      @End Religion "Chad did you become a full-time minster yet?"
      @Chad "where in the world did you get the mistaken notion that I was aspiring to become a full time minister?

      March 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • End Religion

      Chad, it was my hypothesis which you have evidently shot down. Are you writing a book? You seem to be going through a lot of trouble to refine whatever your argument of the month is.

      March 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
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