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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. Important Person

    Billy Maher is like such a rebel. He like totally doesn't believe in God and stuff, and he smokes weed. He's like so super smart. I'm like totally into this whole liberal thing right now. I have black framed glasses, I don't believe in God, I listen to acoustic music, I drink micro beers, and I'm ironic. I like totally only eat vegetarian and remind everyone every 15 minutes that I don't eat meat. I like totally don't understand why so many vegetarians are overweight pigs who have greasy hair. I like totally don't get it, but what ev.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Ha ha ha ha ha nice one.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • Answer

      Ra ra ra go christian hate.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • DrPhill

      Bravo IP, you nailed it.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Al

      I'm not sure where you get that atheists are hippies. I'm an atheist and a business man and a libertarian, father, fitness junkie and intelligent. People like Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Michael Shermer, Albert Einstein... don't strike me as hippies. Looks like what you're doing is making straw man arguments.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • iLaughAtYou

      Amusing post, but what is YOUR opinion/education/understanding of the world? Does it consist of more than mocking people far more educated than you are and repeating bible quotes that might as well have been written in Lord of the Rings?

      Because a god might exist... but it isn't the man made religious stupidity found in the fictional bibles and other religious texts on this planet.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      What a pathetic attempt at mocking humor. Stick to what you know although I'm not sure what that would be. Obviously you don't have a sense of humor.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • iLaughAtYou

      Al is correct.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Al you sure are a business man, weren't you the guy on TV called Al Yankovic?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • Chad

      @IP
      dont forget, you support the Palestinian cause!!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Motoxdoc

      I think you need to up your meds........or maybe cut them out all together!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • DrPhill

      Can I borrow this post, IP? It's just too good. It'll get the Liberal lemmings foaming at the mouth, at least the ones who understand it.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • Answer

      The christian retards will post their favorite babble quote and define that they have won the fight.

      John 3:16. That will settle it all. <<<- LOL

      March 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • iLaughAtYou

      Dr. Phill, it appears your goal is simply to get Libtards foaming at the mouth rather than create any kind of effective argument that supports your claims of a Christian gods existence. This post just makes smart people LAUGH at the ignorance of someone who thinks this is really all that clever. I actually laughed, but it is a laughable generalization.

      A god might exist, but human made religions are way off the mark.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  2. Indrid Cold

    I am quite sure that if you put a staunch Christian and a person who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia side side in identical functional MRI scanners and asked them to concentrate on jesus, the same areas of the brain would light up.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • 12ax7

      You're wrong, schizophrenia believe in what they see or hear just like an Atheists who believes in his Science. We believers are believing in something we can't see or touch. So that makes you closer to schizophrenia.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • devin

      Sounds like if they put you in an MRI nothing would light up.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      12ax7, please tell me that you don't think science is about believing in what you can't see or touch. I refuse to believe anyone posting here is that dumb.;

      March 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • Al

      @12aX7, atheists don't "believe in" things. We agree with or reject information. It is only religious people who "believe in" things as if they were little children making another little child levitate by putting their index fingers on her and saying, "Light as a feather, stiff as a board" over and over again. And, no, 12aX7, that won't really cause you to levitate.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Why are you fighting against something you don't believe in?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Answer

      Fighting your insanity. Helping you with education.

      Religious freaks sure don't get it.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • SundogA

      We aren't fighting something we don't believe in. We're fighting people who base their actions on something there is no evidence for.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • iLaughAtYou

      12ax7 science isn't about believing or faith. It is about PROVING and EVIDENCE, testing theories and having another people prove them correct or mock you for coming up with a bad theory that doesn't stand up to testing. All religions are essentially the worst possible theories ever created and would be laughed out of existence if they hadn't embedded themselves in humanities culture since... the DARK AGES. Religions are based upon blind ignorance, NEVER questioning, never using critical thinking skills, and blindly, stupidly following rules made up in fictional books.

      A god very well could have created the universe. There are BILLIONS of galaxies, with billions of stars in each galaxy, trillions of planets. There is probably life out there, and they don't have the same religions. But many of them have come up with silly religions also to explain things until they grow up and start studying reality with science.

      Perhaps one day science will discover god. Because of god exists it is part of our reality. All science is, is the study of what is around us and how things work. Schizophrenia is a bad example as only the ones affected by the illness see their hallucinations, not entire science teams.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Motoxdoc

      Atheism is simply a rejection of dogma. @12aX7: not only do you believe in something you "can't see or touch," but also something you can't reason with or prove exists. I'd say that makes YOU closer to schizophrenia!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  3. Big Man

    The atheist groups are in fact led by ethnic Jews.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Then they aren't atheist groups then, are they?

      Do you have any proof of your statement?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      You don't understand us at all. Athiests don't have leaders. We have free thought we are not told what we can do or say like children.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Atheists might not have a leader but they sure have idols, Bill Mayer is just one of them.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  4. Kenman

    CNN, the atheist network/website, the perfect place for such a story! Liberalism requires this attack on God and every traditional value known to civilization, and CNN is there for the global effort.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Can't agree more.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      You think traditional values come from a God(s)? Who told you that?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Adhocal

      so 12ax7...since you are such a believer...why don't you explain the doctrine of predestination and then explain why you think YOU are one of the "chosen" and then explain how that doctrine fits in with your concept of "god"..or do you just believe in some amorphous anthropomorphic version?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Answer

      Your god is on the ropes.

      Get used to dying on that death bed and telling your kids that they will be the ones who will be facing the "second coming". You'll tell your lie for your whole entire life waiting for it. Then nothing. LOL

      March 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • 12ax7

      LOL Adhocal, even if i try to explain this to you, you wouldn't understand it anyway.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • Answer

      Your whole life revolves around that. It's a christian thing.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      Kenman selling tinfoil hats. Sadly there are buyers.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • iLaughAtYou

      12ax7, pathetic answer. You have no answer. You'll find every way to worm out of an answer because any answer will just show you for what you are, an ignorant person unwilling to educate yourself and accept that while a god could potentially exist, it wouldn't be from a man made religion, you have been brainwashed your whole life, and would be terrified to accept this. Please, convince us poor souls who just can't understand, we're dying to know, give us a real answer.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  5. devin

    Ah , the atheists grinding their collective axes again. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      and yet here you are wasting your time stating nothing of value to make your case ... nicely done!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      Did they wake you up after you fell asleep during your Twilight series marathon?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • devin

      @horses. This is a CNN comment section, I'm not here to make a case. Typing terse lines about the stupidity of others suffices.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  6. Important Person

    I'm an atheist and I'm like so super smart because I don't believe in God. Me and my other atheist friends are all like so intelligent. We like always talk about how smart we are when we go to our favorite trendy underground coffee shop. It's like duh, who even believes in God anymore. It like totally makes you look dumb if you believe. You're like totally smart if you don't believe in God and wear black framed glasses. That's like Mensa , right there. Like OMG.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      ... said the person who hates atheists.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • devin

      Sweet.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      I believe a Stegasaurus is orbiting Pluto in an invisible space ship for the last 65 million years ... whew, now I feel better because I don't look stupid for NOT believing it.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Ha ha ha ha Important Person, very well put.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • O.K. Kai

      All of the atheists you know are hipsters?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • kent

      important person. do you have a meaningful job? is your one parent proud of you? do you financially support your much older brother? are you on the verge of curing something for humanity? how did you get so funny and smart in the same package? i honor you important person. may all of us have your intellect. you rock and the god between yours ears told me so, while i was praying to the four walls and ceiling.

      March 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  7. rob

    Good job on the billboards. Hope to see more calling out of hypocrites.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Russ

      Hypocrisy: doing the very thing you are criticizing.
      Silverman too easily fits the mold. Just re-imagine the billboards:

      "Our civil laws have to comport to a higher law: atheism."
      "What they (religious) do is filthy."
      "We should create law based on atheism."
      "How can I trust you with power if you pray?"

      Sliverman is the exclusivist he criticizes.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • SundogA

      Except, Russ, that we have and accept no higher law. Have no reason to consider you filthy. And we don't give a darn what you do in your private life.
      We don't care if you believe. But we do care if you let it impact the governance and public life of everyone else.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      I'd love it if those billboards were reversed.

      "Our laws have to comport with evidence-based, rational though."
      "What they (Catholic priests) do is filthy"
      "We should create law based on verifiable evidence and rational thought."
      "How can I trust you with power if you don't practice evidence-based, rational thought."

      I welcome those billboards and would absolutely support those candidates.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Commonsense: at least your an honest hypocrite.

      @ SundogA: you say "we don't care if you believe. just don't let it impact governance & public life..."

      your position (atheism) is not empirically verifiable either. it is a belief. you are wanting policies dictated WITHOUT allowing other beliefs (different from yours) to have a seat at the table (i.e., you want to affect public discourse & obviously care about my private beliefs enough to want to bar them from the discussion).

      yes, that is doing the very thing you are criticizing.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  8. Salero21

    There are basically 3 types of atheists, the practicing practical, the useless and the Theoretical.

    The useless are made up of those on the Internet writing their stupid shrills in blogs like this one. Shrills is something they have in common with apes. However apes have better social graces than atheists.

    And BTW, what Mr. Robert Jeffress said is very true. What hom-ose-xuals do is filthy. In that I agree with him.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Answer

      True christian love. Gotta love what their jeebus has taught them.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      well, if you're talking about them, they can't be all that useless
      there's is at least 1 use for them, which is for you to talk about them
      so, there goes your argument
      cheers

      March 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Very true Salero21.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • Lilith

      If you find it filthy, then just don't do it. Is that too complicated for you?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      There are 3 types of people. People who divide things into categories because it's useful. People who divide things into categories because it will give the illusion of thought. And people who don't divide things into categories because it's really not that useful. The silly people making categorical postings here are of the second kind.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • Salero21

      Now; some practicing and practical atheist may appear religious or even use the word God for convenience. In practice however, in what they do, especially what they do to people they demons trate that they hate God and people. They kill and murder because they don't believe in God. Therefore the Commandment: Thou Shall Not Kill [murder] has no weight in their minds and conscience. Examples of this were Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini, who appeared religious even, used the name of God, but their actions and what they did to millions of people demons trated that they did not believe in God. So the Commandments of God had no bearing, meaning or weight in their lives, mind and consciences.

      See, a troop of baboons have more and better social graces than Hitler and Mussolini ever had.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • Salero21

      Another kind of practicing and practical atheist is the communist. That’s why atheists and communists are almost always shaking hands in agreement. For the Communists the Commandments: Thou Shall Not Steal and Thou Shall Not Covet your neighbor's goods and possessions, have no bearing, meaning or weight in their lives, minds and consciences.

      Do you get it? An ape has a better chance at getting it than an atheist!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      It's clear Salero21, you know nothing about atheists or atheism. I didn't expect you to, but I didn't realize how hateful you are towards them until you trotted out your misguided examples. Also, you are wrong, Hitler was a "christian"

      March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  9. CommonSenseSam

    If belief in a god is what prevents you from doing horrible things then you should immediately be locked away in an asylum.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • bilban

      if you believe the universe created itself, you need to be LOCKED up and quick

      rocks dont make themselves, and rocks damn sure dont make themselves turn into life

      March 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • Lilith

      No bilban, God just created itself and the entire universe from nothing. Wow that's so much easier when I anthropomorphize everything I have no hope of understanding and give up on trying.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  10. DrPhill

    Hey, I love these Atheist/Liberal ads. How often do you get to see low-information types spending millions advertising their own stupidity? Well, other than the DNC, that is.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Lilith

      Atheism has nothing to do with being liberal, so why do you keep saying that? One is a basis of political ideology the other is simply reality.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
    • Adhocal

      1. Not all atheists are liberal
      2. On what basis do you call them "low information" people? According to your education and standards?...wow...do you see a problem here? especially since you are probably one who accepts everything in the bible strictly on "faith"...enough said

      March 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • I Am God.

      Still no facts troll? Boy you are a laugh. Calling other people stupid when you can't even post a single fact that you claim to have.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      Hey, dude, why don't you address the matter at hand instead of making ad hominem arguments?
      Oh, that's right, you have nothing intelligent to say...
      gotcha

      March 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • the AnViL

      drphilltard has a learning disability... math is hard for him. he thinks 25,000 = 25,000,000.

      lolz

      March 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  11. magnum12

    Jesus loves atheists.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Answer

      Jeebus apparently hates you religious freaks.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Adhocal

      and your point is? frankly most "gods" supposedly love everybody..it is their followers that seem to have problems with those who don't look or think like themselves

      March 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  12. us_1776

    The Sky Fairy does not exist.

    Get over it.

    ...

    March 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • 12ax7

      And you don't either.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      12ax7,
      then, you just responded to nothing
      does that make you a little bit crazy?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • bilban

      i think some people are angry with God for giving them small weewees! too funny

      March 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Answer

      The poor battered religious freaks are on the defense. Against the ropes – beaten back by the shear power of logic and reason.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  13. talkingraven1

    Long ago when there was only ten cave people, there was one that was brighter than the other nine. The nine were rude, unruly and acted like...well, cavemen. Anyway, the one smart caveguy was getting real tired of this unruly behavior and thought of something. 'Ooga wongo magogo mugacha!' meaning, 'the god that created us is angry and will send you to a hell if you do not stop acting like a bunch of...cave people! If you behave you will go to heaven!' And thus the first church was created.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Doobs

      ^ +10

      March 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  14. Answer

    Another beautiful day of taking these religious freaks down. Alright!

    March 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      Oh yes, and they are so caring. Nothing but hate and vitriol from these so-called xians that never miss an opportunity to tell anyone that will listen just how honest and kind they are. Complete BS!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Seems like Atheists have nothing more important to do with their lives.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Answer

      They'll be sure to pass off the "fake love" over an internet connection – through a blog – to you. And be sure that they WILL try to "save you" by using circular reasoning and emotional tricks. 😀

      March 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • 12ax7

      I'd prefer that instead of being an Atheists which most are either gay or swinging both ways.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Answer

      Look at the pitiful attempt at an insult once again. Hilarious.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Afraid of the truth?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      Oh my a xian bigot spewing nothing but hate...like I never would have seen that coming. LOL

      March 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Answer

      Afraid of truth? You are.

      But hey that's a christian for ya.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Ain't that the truth that most Atheists are gay, and the rest of them are swinging both ways?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Answer

      The poor christian retard wants to have his overflowing imagination painted out onto everyone.

      Sucks to be a religious freak who can't win.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      No that a baseless stereotype for bigots like you.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
    • 12ax7

      It's commonly known of Atheists to deny deny deny or lie lie lie.
      .

      March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  15. Veteran

    There sure is a lot of anger directed toward a mass of people. It is crazy to me that atheists have such an issue with people believing in god. I a m a christian and I I live by the bible and not what organized religion tells me I should because yes there is too many flaws to mention religions real intent. I believe in what I read in the book and that is it. I don't force my opinion on anyone just offer what it has done for me. Each person is responsible for what they think and do about what I share. If they don't want to hear it so be it I don't hate them for it. My problem is that anybody who says i am christian is condemned no matter if they take on the role of the radical religionists or just a christian. People do the same with Muslims. We aren't all extremists. I now my post will suck in a whole lot of anger but I figure I might try a plea to pull the hate away from people who just want to live there lives with their belief and who don't force their opinions on everybody with malice. Thanks though for taking the time to read my plea in my post.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Answer

      "people who just want to live there lives with their belief and who don't force their opinions on everybody with malice."

      ==This is the crux of the work of our secularism. The religious freaks want their biblical laws to rule the whole land.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      should religious beliefs influence our government?
      that is what American Atheists are objecting to
      they're not arguing against believers or whatever
      freedom of religion is here to stay, it's just that separation of church and state is constantly abused in our country

      March 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • skytag

      While religion has accomplished a lot of good is has also been responsible for a lot of cruel treatment and persecution. Atheists don't all see religion the same way, but many resent the fact that religious believers have imposed their religious beliefs on others despite the fact that none of them have any proof that what they believe is correct.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • H . D. HARVEY

      Is your version of christian the one where bigotry and discrimination are the standard?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Why do you think quoting people is attacking them? Is quoting the more vile passages of holy texts attacking religion? If your beliefs are good or true– why would you feel "attacked" if people repeat them back to you? It sounds to me more like your beliefs are the problem– not the people trying to get you to examine them.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Lilith

      Skytag ... I disagree with one thing you stated. Religion has not accomplished a lot of good, it's always the PEOPLE who accomplish the good. Religion is just an idea in their heads, but if that's what they need to do good then I'm all for them continuing to believe as long as they don't require me to believe as well, I'm fine doing/being good without it.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • 12ax7

      The answer is pretty easy Veteran, it is because Atheists are brain dead.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Answer

      Look at the religious freaks with their insults to people's body parts. Hilarious.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Veteran

      I don't think it should be about proof but about how we can help each other be successful as a nation. Don't worry about proving me wrong but about finding a way to live and work together to improve our nation.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
  16. Ron

    All athiests are criminals! They do not want there to be a God so there is nothing to tell them that they are breaking the law and all laws are nothing so they can do as they please! I thought everyone knew this fact!! Athiests are those harry things that hang out under bridges!!!

    March 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Answer

      Your hate is noted and is found wanting.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • Akira

      Translation: "I am a hysteric who make sweeping generalizations about people who think differently than I do. This is evidenced by my liberal use of exclamation points."

      March 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • H . D. HARVEY

      A lot of those things haning under bridges are black people who were lynched by bigoted holy rollers who used their version of the "holy bible" to justify slavery.

      I was brought up in the white trash, southern Baptist south where it was preached that slavery was ok, blacks are not human beings, and the one I really love(later in the 1980/1990/2000's) well blacks are ok, just as long as they do right and stay in their place. It only took me a trip into the real world (4 yrs USMC) to see that all of that was pure bigotry and racism!!!

      March 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Doobs

      I think you are confusing atheism with some weird definition of anarchy. Show me one single instance of an atheist espousing the elimination of civil law.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • talkingraven1

      it's a little hard to tell if this one is real or someone has a interesting sense of humor

      March 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • spellwight

      I beg your pardon.

      I'm not a hairy (nor am I harry) anything and I certainly don't live under a bridge. I use my brain to distinguish between fact and fiction. You sir are an obnoxious and apparently uneducated bigot full of hate for people you choose not to understand. If you want to believe in fairy tales that's your choice but some of us prefer reality, especially in our government.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ talkingraven

      Poes usually spell better.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Ha ha ha ha, nice one Ron.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      This may come as a surprise to you but laws are laws whether or not there is a god.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Actually (not that evidence means anything to theists), but atheists are far less likely to end up in prison than their god-fearing peers. The most secular countries of all are the most peaceful– see Scandinavia. When they do have problems (see the Norway shooter) it's usually by one of the religious nutters who imagines he is more moral than everyone else. Atheists are far more likely to be pacifistic than their religious peers as well. No matter what sort of morality you are measuring, religiosity, doesn't seem to provide any benefits at all and, in fact, is correlated more closely with societal dysfunction rather than societal health.

      But who needs facts when you have faith, eh?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • Hey! You!

      Is Harry, 'hairy'? Or is he bald?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Imagine No Religion

      @Ron

      All xians are criminals! They use their god to justify their actions which break the law, and all laws are nothing to them. So they do as they please, thinking that all they have to do is ask forgiveness from their sky daddy. Then they will go to heaven, regardless of the heinous crime committed. Everyone knows this delusional behavior. And xians are those ancient myth believing psychos that hang out under the fraud of religion!!!

      There, fixed it for you. You're welcome!

      -–
      "There ain't no jesus gonna come from the sky.
      Now that I found out, I know I can cry." – John Lennon

      March 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      The overwhelming majority of people in prison believe in some form of god. Xians populate our prison systems not athiests.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • skytag

      More evidence religion makes people stupid.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  17. are122

    When Silverman can tell me how the laws of mathematics and physics that govern the universe came about I will be very impressed. People with valid counter points are impressive. Blowhards looking for publicity aren't.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      Blowhards??? That's the definition of being a true xian. Why don't you shut every athiest/agnostic here up and prove that your magic sky fairy exists??? Oh that's right you can't. That's why religion is called a BELIEF and science is called FACT. Get it skippy???

      March 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      One doesn't need to know an answer to reject magical answers, Bozo. You might not know where a missing child is– that doesn't mean you entertain thoughts about fairies spiriting them away... nor aliens... nor gods... nor demons.

      When the truth really matters– then so does evidence. Face it, religious people believe in invisible beings that have exactly as much evidence in their favor as the invisible beings they reject. Zero. Believers are creating their gods in their own image– and then having a fit when others complain.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Atheists wake up and smell the coffee, you can't yourselves prove there is no God.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      No one needs to be able to explain how the universe works in order to not believe in a god.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      12ax7– and you can't prove that there aren't invisible penises growing out of your head.

      (How else am I to interpret such inanities coming from you?– You can't prove me wrong, therefore according to theist logic, I'm right!)

      March 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Answer

      You have to prove that there is a god first.

      Logic 101. Proving a negative is the strong point of religious morons who don't know about proofs.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • Felix Sinclair

      Unlike most Christian doctrine, "science" admits it doesn't have all the answers. "God did it" has no explanatory value.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      I'd say blowhard applies much more to those who imagine they know what god wants– and those who think "magic" is an answer to that which they don't understand. Also, toss in those who think the universe was created so they could exist.

      Atheists don't believe in divine truths– theists all imagine that they have accessed such (unlike all those of conflicting faith whom they are sure are wrong.) What could be more blowhardy than that. There is no way to tell real invisible beings from imaginary ones– and yet every believer in such things imagine that they have done so.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • Adhocal

      when you can tell me how god came about then you will have a point... if you subscribe to the causal theory, then there must have been a cause for god..what was that? you crap on the atheists and those who question god, but then you answer everything with the simplistic answer that it is all due to god and he exists because he said so... SO IF YOU WANT TO DISCUSS THE PHYSICS AND LOGIC YOU TALK ABOUT THEN YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THAT YOUR OWN MATHEMATICS CALLS OUT YOUR GOD THEORY AS A CIRCULAR ARGUMENT....YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO CONTINUE TO USE YOUR ARGUMENT

      March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  18. jesus lover

    God is real and we will all see him soon i pray for you all. i love this land and my voice is just as importent as the next person if you dont like what i have to say tuff i have rights to

    March 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • I Am God.

      We have nothing against your belief; just your bigots.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      whatever

      March 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • H . D. HARVEY

      I love brain washed people, you' all been told yes you will die but jesus will take you to paradise and you will relive happily everafter.

      That's the same story the Muslim Jihadists are told to get them to commit bomb suicides and kill children, and thousands of people. In other words just do as your are told and you will live for eternity.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • saganhill

      Belief is not fact. You can believe that bananas have a soul for all I care. This story book or magic book you read from is nothing but fairytales. Keep your delusion in your church where it belongs.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • skytag

      Another obnoxious Christian proving Christianity is a fraud.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Doobs

      Define "soon".

      March 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      Pray for yourself. Just because you choose to believe in some ridiculous made-up fantasy story doesn't mean we have to respect your foolish opinions. People in the science world don't coerce and threaten people in order to control them as people in your world do.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Pray to learn proper capitalization. There's evidence that religiosity is inversely correlated with I.Q., and you aren't helping to dispel this observation.

      March 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • Adhocal

      You do..just dont make them part of the government...others have beliefs too and I doubt you want them part of the government either (Wicca for instance or Islam)

      March 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  19. tilsunexplod

    I think a better strategy is to make people think:

    If only a 'man' and a 'woman' can get 'married', then you have to have CLEAR definitions of all 3 terms so that you can rule in each case whether 2 people can 'marry' or not. But, if the claim is that the rule is based on "God's law", then there should be a clear definition of these terms already in "God's law"... where is it?... For instance, what about hermaphrodites? Can they 'marry'? Are they 'man', 'woman'?... The POINT is: if you're going to have a rule, you've got to think it through completely... and I don't think 'God' did....

    March 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • theorycraft

      I don't get what youre saying as the US (anything) has no ruling on hermapherdites either...

      March 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • It is FILTHY.

      Atheist here... If marriage is "God's Law" and you, deviated humans... want to engage in that tradition, why do you want to engage in a religious tradition?

      Ho_mos_se_xuality is a human behavioral/cultural deviance, biologically, by the dictation of NATURE"s law, evolutionarily, a male and a female of ANY species are naturally, in the natural world, made for each other. They join together as nature intended.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      filth
      marriage isn't gods law. Marriage has been happening in every culture, with or without gods. Just because marriage is mentioned in the bible does not make it original, nor owned by the bible.

      What about the natural deviance that creates a h0m0$exual in the first place. It has been proven that a male brain in a female body, and vice-versa are real, and the clear cause of most cases of h0m0$exuality.
      Nature makes mistakes. Too much of a hormone, or not enough at the right time of development and a female brain develops in a male body. It happens all the time, and is part of nature.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
  20. palintwit

    Why do I always associate Chick-fil-A with toothless inbred Palin lovers?

    March 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • TBrock

      Because you're a bigot?

      March 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • It is FILTHY.

      Because you're just as bad as the bigots and push forward stereotypes you're side creates. Hypocrite.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
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