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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. robert

    So atheists making billboards is hateful? Let's count the number of Church and religious billboards and see who is most hateful.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Answer

      Oh it doesn't count because they're special. They get their special status from their sky daddy. It's the small number of atheists billboards that are a threat.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • seabeau

      I have never seen any hateful church billboards! Ever!

      March 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      @sea

      ....Churches harbor bigots and racists all the time. They don't need billboards cause all the church goers spew junk all the time. I think the atheists are just demanding equal time.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  2. Jim

    Atheism is nothing but a parasite leeching off the only living tissue this country has left. The only cure is anti-biGODics. That'll surely do it.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • 12ax7

      LOL Jim.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Archeopteryx

      What the hell?!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Trolls should not be so obvious.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • Mr T.

      Try not to be so cute, FOOL! You just wind up an idiot.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  3. 12ax7

    All Atheists will deny the fact that most of them are either H O M O's or are fond of swinging both ways, And when confront they will deny both as well as them being a strong support for LGBT. Their hypocrisy shows up all the time. But that too they will deny this fact. No truth will be coming from their mouths. It will either be a lie or just simply denying something. Their actions are always the opposite of what they're pretending to be. They say Christians are intolerant and yet Atheists are intolerant themselves. Atheists live a life of confusions.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Answer

      Bring out your christian generalizations.

      All religious people believe in Zeus. Your lord is Zeus.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Bob

      12ax7, your disgusting, bigoted post is exemplary of Christians of your ilk. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      I'm happy to say that I think that your out of date, bigoted opinions, while held by many, are not (or are no longer) the dominant ones in our great free country.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Answer

      It's the christian love.

      If they can't win by following jeebus – they'll follow through on their spewage.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • mykroft

      The hilarious thing is, you don't even see what is hateful, rude and intolerant about your statements. You are a fine representative of the Christian culture in this country. Keep it up!

      March 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Atheists denying the truth again.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Answer

      Yeaa christian once again want to deny Zeus.

      Why do you deny so much about Zeus?
      Why do you hate to come to Zeus?
      Zeus is the only one that can save you.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • 12ax7

      @Answer

      And your Idol is? Bill Mayer or Freddy Mercury?

      March 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • Answer

      That would be jeebus.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • 12ax7

      @Answer

      I wonder why you called yourself Answer, so far you can't even answer one question when asked.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Tommy

      Freddy Mercury was pretty awesome.

      March 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  4. Think

    The religious are like our appendixes. Over time they continue to shrink in importance and function within the body of humanity. They sense they're losing power and influence, which they are. Over time every position they take is proven to be false. The Earth is flat, wrong. The Earth is the center of the Universe and the Sun revolves around us, wrong. Consciousness/soul resides in the heart, wrong, the brain or else people who've had a heart transplant have lost their soul. Almost everything they have believed has been proven wrong and they say we non-believers can't handle the "truth". What sort of warped truth are we supposed to believe. "You want the truth, you want the truth, you can't handle the truth!" -Jack Nicholson – A Few Good Men.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  5. Val

    the most miserable, rudest people I have ever met are atheists. Why is that do you suppose? Just people I want to hit who are always in a bad mood and are very rude to people in their lives.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Answer

      Do tell. Express your genuine hate because you're christian.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • Bob

      You want to hit them, and you claim that they are the ones in a bad mood? Don't look in the mirror, heh...

      March 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • ME II

      "Just people I want to hit..."

      Typo ?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Akira

      Another loving Christian heard from. Well done.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • skytag

      I've found the most obnoxious people I've encountered have been Christians.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      The truth is never rude unless it makes you fear your belief is unwarranted.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • David from Nor Cal

      Oh good morning! I just woke up after sleeping in on a Sunday morning, something I do frequently. Of course I also spend time taking pictures of the beautiful world, spending time with my wife, reading books or magazines, playing video games, enjoying a great meal, engaging in citizen scientist projects, spending time in thought or contemplation about the universe or our planet, or in other words generally loving and enjoying life!

      – An Atheist

      March 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Val's Translator

      What Val really means is:

      "I hate you all because you don't believe the same things that I do. I can't answer your questions, and it makes me angry. So angry that I want to hit you."

      March 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      @Val

      Really? my experience has been completely opposite. The most hateful and intolerant people I have come across are Christians. They are self righteous and hypocritical. I have not had this experience with an atheist. Maybe because when I approach a relationship with an atheist it doesn't matter to them what I believe...we meet on an many different levels. BUT when you approach a relationship with a Christian it is entirely based on wether you believe the same as them and wether you can be influenced to believe the same as them. They view you through their doctrine and wether you fit.

      my experience only...

      March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  6. Over 40,000 denominatinos of insanity

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill would not is not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well and don't want to violate their beliefs.

    In the U.S. recently we learned of the head of LCMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    One sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    =================================================
    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

      (corrected spelling of denominations)

      March 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  7. Billy

    Go atheists it's about time people woke up. The imaginary being in the sky does not exist and does not love you. Pray
    If you want but you will never get answer. Maybe you can buy a seat next to him if you give enough money to the TV
    Preachers. Check them out, they all have big beautiful homes and drive brand new caddies.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  8. drinker75

    Nothing turns me off more than extremists of any type.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      I tend to agree, but sometimes you need to be a little extreme to fight the extreme. It's like Reagan's Soviet union analogy, when you know there's a bear in the woods you need to be prepared for it.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  9. truthis

    The GOP would like to see our country follow the lead of Iran. That is the result of religious leadership.The things being cone in the name of god would embarass satan.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  10. DrPhill

    Jeez, their are more commenters on here than watch CNN's pathetic network in a month. Yo Zucker, put me in charge and I'll quadruple your ratings. Be prepared, though, to fire every Liberal on your network, which I'm guessing is everybody. Hey, just tryin' to help.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • 12ax7

      LOL

      March 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Akira

      Oh, but wouldn't that put more people on unemployment, something you would blame Obama for?
      Sir, please go to Fox if CNN is too "liberal" for you. You would fit in magnificently over there.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • 90834d

      Where is the "down arrow" when you need it?

      March 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  11. Atheisim-Religion-of-the_Undead--

    Atheisim-Bad Religion

    March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Answer

      If you can spell it...

      March 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Akira

      Bad Religion is a great band.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • ME II

      Atheisim – Bad spelling

      March 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • mykroft

      Really? I think the same thing about Christianity. The zombie uprising on the first "Easter", when many of the dead prophets supposedly rose and walked around Jerusalem. Surprisingly, nobody else (including the Romans) noticed and wrote about it! Funny how that works....

      March 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  12. caesarbc

    I'm an anthropologist, and I am appalled by the negativity towards those who seek salvation through Christ, or Mohammed. I just don't get intolerance at all.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Lilith

      Your indoctrination is showing loud and clear.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • caesarbc

      lilith-
      Which one, left or right?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • ChuckV

      Try reading the quotes on the billboards again. Maybe then you will understand where the negativity comes from.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • caesarbc

      How does perpetuating division solve the problem of division?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • caesarbc

      The "billboards" are quotes from right wing conservatives that were taken out of context. Come on now, you should know that you can't take someone out of context nowadays without analyzing the entirety of the context.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Lilith

      I see it in your statement "salvation through Christ" it's sounds like typical religious regurgitation. No one without a religious indoctrinated agenda talks like that. Tell me if I'm wrong.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Frank

      "caesarbc: How does perpetuating division solve the problem of division?"

      Religion perpetuates division, even if inadvertently.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Akira

      The purpose of the billboards is to keep religious beliefs codified into our country's laws.
      I do not agree with the "Go Godless Now", because that does further divisiveness, but the main message of the billboards is to show that these politicians are not fit to govern a secular country, which the United States most certainly is.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      Well there you go – an atheist right? And you can't stand the intolerance by our own fellow atheists? Thank you. Im not alone. Makes me want to be religious just to get at that certain creep geek atheist crowd.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
  13. Rachel

    I love how atheists want us to be tolerant of the fact that they don't believe in God but yet, aren't tolerant of those who do. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Answer

      So says Chad.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      It's not that we don't believe in God ... it's that we have no reason to believe in any of the Gods. Get it.
      Believe whatever you want, just keep it off my rights and laws.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • ME II

      @Rachel,
      Many, if not most, atheists would tolerate the religious just fine, if they would keep their religion out of everyone's laws, bedrooms, and science classes.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Very well said Rachel.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • ChuckV

      This isn't about tolerance, but about responding to statements made by believers. The billboards contain actual quotes from believers. Believers put their views out in the public then expect silence in return.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • Doobs

      The known liar Chad/Rachel is calling others hypocrites.

      With every lie you tell, you plant another seed of reason and logic into the brain of any questioning person. You loosen the bonds of conditioning just a little bit more.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Bob

      Chadachel, how are you today? Busted!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Bob

      Thanks to Really-O, we can observe how Chad was posting as Rachel.

      So, thanks again, Really-O. The link to look at again is
      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/06/richard-dawkins-evolution-is-not-a-controversial-issue/comment-page-10/#comments
      Caught!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Correctlycenter

      Amen. God overrules political correctness and the ultra liberal opinion bullies. Let the godless spew their nonsense, the LORD is in control...

      March 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Answer

      Zeus controls. Agreed.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • skytag

      Atheists are generally tolerant of believers as long as those believers treat them with respect and don't try to legislate their religious beliefs.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Oh that's BS Skytag. And you know it. Look at any comment page made by either CNN or any others about a religious subject, the first post made are by Atheists babbling their mouths at religious people way before any believers make a post.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Frank

      "Rachel: I love how atheists want us to be tolerant of the fact that they don't believe in God but yet, aren't tolerant of those who do. What a bunch of hypocrites."

      You do realize that religious organizations in this country go to great lengths to affect the lives of those who don't believe in their god, right? The GOP is pretty much held hostage by the religious right & their policies. It's pretty much a blatant attempt by a religious denomination to affect the free will and lives of American citizens.

      If you religious folks had it your way, you would infiltrate the public school system & probably re write the curriculum to reflect your creationist views.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      We are like ambulance drivers and EMTs, Rachel, but the train wrecks we come to are the result of your religion trying to occupy the same space as rational thought. You can't expect us tolerate something like religion when we see it as ultimately harmful to our society.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      I'm an atheist and I can't stand hypocrisy which just being a non-believer makes me want to just become religious to bother them. But I can't.

      Nonetheless, this is just of but ONE example of hypocrisy, the people they support are just as bigoted, if not WORSE on multi levels of bigotry, but atheists look the other way when you point it out to them, or attack you. Hypocrisy is part of their whole... thing. I know.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Get off it, you fraud.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
  14. JPX

    Those billboards are terrific! All 4 of those republicans are vile individuals. I only wish I lived in a world where religious nonsense no longer existed.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  15. Salero21

    Now; thought I agree with Robert Jeffress that what ho-mo-se-xuals do is Filthy, because it is. I don't agree with the likes of Gingrich, Palin and Santorum. I don't follow them, I don't vote for them and as a matter of Fact I don't vote at all.

    They're Roman-Catholics and what they say; always have a tint of Romanism. I'm an Evangelical Christian; I'm NOT and never have been E-cu-me-ni-cal. I don't kiss the Pope's ring neither call him "father". I don't confess to priests, neither do I take a wafer from their hands. I don't hang around with nuns or priests etc. etc. & etc. or whatever have you that Catholics do. I'm not a Legalist either, so I don't believe that human laws are going to change people's hearths.

    If you don't understand what I meant, I can't help you.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Answer

      No one will be able to help a christian.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • .

      A bigot and a troll by any other name is Salero21. Love the fake bio, by the way.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Nicely said Salero, but unfortunately those dumb Atheists are full of air.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Salero21

      "Our civil laws have to comport with a higher law. God's Law." — Rick Santorum
      "We should create law based on the God of the Bible." — Sarah Palin
      "How can I trust you with power if you don't pray?" — Newt Gingrich

      Regarding the statements as quoted above, ↑ made by the 3 politicians. From a Christian under Grace not under the Law point of view, they're absurdities. Especially the one made by Mrs. Palin.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      DOT

      Bigotry exists in the LBGT world. You just don't see it or maybe you look the other way. But there is intense bigotry for straights, people of color, poor people, you name it. Hypocrites, all of you, I know, I'm a non-believer.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, there is not, you little twerp. Even if there were, what of it? Bigotry isn't against the law but discrimination based on it is.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  16. WeAreLegion

    These is no god; there never was. It's just a legend.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Legion is also a Demon.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • Answer

      Proven by the christian retard who just says "because I said so."

      March 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ 12ax7

      You don't really get most things that people say, do you?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Correctlycenter

      That's like saying you do not exist, same silly nonsense. Also crystal clear evidence that demons control most of these godless posts. Oh well, it's your eternity...

      March 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • quieteye

      God =
      Generating, Order, Destruction

      Happens all around you and inside you.

      Look a little deeper...

      March 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • 12ax7

      @ Answer

      Aren't you tired of being supported by your parents? Don't you wish you had a life?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Alex

      Wow. You are unite the genius. I hear the call that part of the day without the Sun, night!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Answer

      Oh the little boy wants to go with the knock your life routine. I've done your sister btw.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  17. Steve

    Wow so much anger. Why? If you don't believe that's your choice. If you believe that's your choice. I believe in GOD but I've never been angry with anyone that doesn't. I hang out with lot of people that do and don't believe. It really doesn't take much effort to like people. I like learning from the different people I meet. Everyone has a story. Some filled with pain but many have joy in something and are truly willing to share. Just for a moment try to be interested and not interesting. You know just listen. Anyway I hope you guys have a great day.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • OOO

      Steve,
      Who is it you think has so much anger? And whit whome?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Steve

      Anger you perceive might have something to do with you spouting off about your silly beliefs and pushing them on others so often, while claiming that you don't.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  18. Babbabouey

    I'm an atheist, but I agree with a lot of conservative principles 😦 Just not the idiots chosen to 'represent' them.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  19. ME II

    Silverman goes Ad Homenim!

    While I agree with his position, for the most part, I disagree with his methods completely.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • ME II

      correction: "Ad Hominem"

      March 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Chad

      ad-hominem is extremely common with people that can't address the data...

      March 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • ialsoagree

      Incorrect usage of "ad hominem."

      Insulting someone is not an ad hominem. Insulting someone is only an ad hominem if it formulates the basis of an argument. Since Silverman has said himself that these billboards are to raise awareness of what politicians have said – rather some judgement on what is and isn't correct – the quotes themselves do not form the basis of an argument (they form the basis of raising awareness of the quotes themselves) and are therefor not an ad hominem.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Doobs

      ad-hominem is extremely common with people that can't address the data...

      LOL, that the known liar Chad/Rachel says this.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Chad

      ad hominem: short for argumentum ad hominem, is an argument made personally against an opponent instead of against their argument . Ad hominem reasoning is normally described as an informal fallacy,[3][4][5] more precisely an irrelevance

      ===
      "LOL, that the known liar Chad/Rachel says this.?

      =>perfect example!!!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • Answer

      Ho ho ho Chad/Rachel.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • ME II

      "ad-hominem is extremely common with people that can't address the data..."

      ...another good example!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Doobs

      =>perfect example!!!

      I noticed that you went back to posting with your => ever since Akira pointed out how you dropped it right after getting busted posting as Rachel. We've all seen it and I'm sure someone can post a link if you'd like evidence.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Chad

      Abusive ad hominem usually involves attacking the traits of an opponent as a means to invalidate their arguments. Equating someone's character with the soundness of their argument is a logical fallacy

      just scroll around and see how many examples you see 🙂

      examples:
      @doobs "The known liar Chad/Rachel is calling others hypocrites."
      @Answer "Proven by the christian retard who just says "because I said so.""

      March 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • Answer

      Do switch over to Rachel, Chad.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      True, Chad. Even if you have a defect that impairs your ability to recognize and represent true statements and/or construct arguments you may still be able to come up with a sound argument.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • ME II

      @Chad "ad-hominem is extremely common with people that can't address the data..."

      March 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Chad

      @Doobs "I noticed that you went back to posting with your => ever since ..."

      =>I know it's hard to believe, but yes,, there is more than one Christian on this board 🙂

      why do you find that so threatening? Why is the thought that more than one person believes in Christianity immediately anger you?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Chad

      it's a rhetorical question, I used to be the same way.. The reason is you want to think that no intelligent person would ever believe in that "nonsense".

      March 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Answer

      Yah Chad go with that defense. I'm sure you'll get away with it.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      However, Chad, if I were in a position to place a bet on your ability to sustain or successfully defend a claim on the reality of the God of Israel, those are qualities I could legitimately refer to.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Keep lying, Chard. Nobody ever said there was only one Christian on the board. But keep right on lying about it. It makes you look so "Christian."

      March 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ Chad/Rachel

      why do you find that so threatening? Why is the thought that more than one person believes in Christianity immediately anger you?

      LOL, you are really a lying scumbag, and now you're trying to deflect the issue.

      I was simply commenting on your various methods of trying to cover up that you got busted supporting your own arguments by posting under another name. The link is all over.

      I don't care how many christians there are on the board, and I'm certainly not threatened by them. But we all know that Chad and Rachel are only one person, so suck it.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Chad

      sorry fella, I have never once posted under a name other than "chad" or "Chad"..
      but, if it makes you feel better to think that no one could possibly agree with me, you're free to ignore the truth..

      March 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Chad posting as "Rachel" –

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/06/richard-dawkins-evolution-is-not-a-controversial-issue/comment-page-10/#comments
      Starting ~September 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm
      Busted – September 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      March 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Chad, you can try to belittle and deflect all you want, but it's obvious that you fvcked up and posted under your sock-puppet name.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ Chad/Rachel

      Deny, Deflect, Ignore. Repeat as necessary.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • Science

      Chad sorry fella you are a _____________.

      Paece

      March 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Doobs –

      Why are you giving "Rachel" all of the press? What about "Cosette" and "Davey"?

      That Chad is one pathetic little man.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Will you look at that...we chased Chad away by calling him out on hist childish nonsense. Run, Forrest, run! Silly little man.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • Chad

      @ME II "ad-hominem is extremely common with people that can't address the data..."
      ...another good example!

      =>you must have a guilty conscience 😉

      March 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Wait for it...wait for it...and there he is! Dance, monkey, dance. It's just too easy, Chad.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Hey, Chad...if I get a street organ, will you dress in a vest and pillbox hat and collect pennies for me? Hahahahahaha!

      March 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Rachel

      @Chad, Ignore the posts that suggest Chad/Rachel are one and the same. I think you have tried to patiently explain. If they want to believe otherwise, let them amuse themselves. Can't feed the childish petulance .

      March 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • Cosette

      Rachel we have a problem. You are entirely too friendly with Chad and that makes me think things I am ashamed of. Please go away.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Cosette

      Rachel- 🙂

      March 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Doobs

      @ Chad

      I'll be happy to remind you of this every time I see you post, and I'm pretty sure that there are a few others who will too.

      @ Really-O

      I had suspicions, but haven't ever seen them busted as Chad. Not that it hasn't been posted, I'm sure it has. Just never seen it for myself and I don't normally even respond to Chad/Rachel. I did have a fun exchange with Cosette.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • Rachel

      @Faux Cosette, Point well taken!

      Peace!

      March 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Count me in as well. Chad posted somewhere that he was "confused." Quelle surprise!

      March 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • One moment, Rachel

      Do you have an intimate personal relationship with your God? Is there a dialog between you and your God? Has your God told you personally that it loves you? That you are a special creation?

      Tom, Tom, the Other One

      March 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Wow, Chad...another day, another ass-kicking. Sucks to be you.

      Cheers

      March 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  20. Answer

    Just look at the pitiful attempts of the religious i-d-i-o-t-s and their generalizations.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Just look at the division among Atheists on this comment board. It only shows are weak you are.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Steve

      No, just that we aren't stupid sheep like you, and can form our own opinions.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Answer

      Weak like you. Yep.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Atheists at their best again, you give them proof and they just keep on denying.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Answer

      You give them proof. Name them.

      You've got a lot so go right on ahead.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      12, what rights have you lost due to atheist views?

      March 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
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