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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. EUSTACE

    Atheists can go to he((.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • Answer

      Hell is for the christians. You may want to note it.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • DickPerry

      Only those who believe in the fairy tales can go to the fairy tale hell.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • 12ax7

      And Hell is also a good warm place for Atheists.

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

      Hell is for Xtians later and for people now who's parents named them Eustace

      March 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Answer

      Warm? Just warm?

      That's funny. You christians saying warm? When you mean "make it as hot as possible so I can imagine them frying"?

      LOL

      March 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • 12ax7

      You got it all wrong, Heaven is for religious people and Hell is for Atheists.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Matt

      12ax7 – If heaven is for religious people, be sure to say hi to Hitler and Osama Bin Laden when you get to heaven.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • 12ax7

      I can't they were both Atheists hiding behind a religion.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Matt

      12ax7 – Do you have any evidence for your claims? Maybe Stalin was lying about being an atheist and was really a Christian.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • Spencer

      It's not that hard to get to Hell since its about 15 miles North-West from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  2. cave man

    Many politicians are not as religious as they would have voters believe. They use religion to gain votes.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Exactly, most of them are Atheists hiding behind religion.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • Archeopteryx

      I agree and I think (hope) that's part of the billboard's point .. To stop it from working.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • burnz

      And now it`s going to cost them votes.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
  3. albie

    Good, people need to be reminded of how backward and brainwashed these politicians are - time to expunge religion from this country and move forward

    March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Wrathbrow

      I'm good and will stand up for religion for those who want it. But not for it being used to make decisions about how the country or individuals should manage others who don't believe.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  4. cave man

    Palin's comment that the founding fathers "would" create law based on god's is not the truth. Several of the key founding fathers were not religious. They created a secular nation. It never ceases to amaze me how the religious try to misrepresent the founding fathers' values to reflect their own.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • clarity

      true

      March 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  5. Answer

    For the mere price of just acknowledging Zeus – you can be saved!

    You'll reap vast riches beyond this life. You'll be filled with everlasting richness of your eternal soul.

    Why do you reject and deny the "word" of your holy god Zeus?
    Come under the salvation of Zeus. Come ye all to the glory of paradise that awaits you – with just that one utterance.

    "Zeus welcome me."

    Utter it and you'll be free and unfettered by all the other falseness.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Answer

      You CAN have a real relationship with Zeus.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • vancouverron

      Zeusdammit!

      March 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Answer

      If you use all the right emotional words – they'll eat it all up.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  6. Frank

    If Atheists are intolerant of Christians it's probably due to Christians attempting to legislate religious beliefs & violate the separation of church and state.

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

      Christians will never have church and state unified. It was never meant to be, nor would it work in their favor, as some of them naively suppose. James Madison understood this, saying, "Every new & successful example therefore of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance. And I have no doubt that every new example, will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Gov will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together; [James Madison, Letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822, The Writings of James Madison, Gaillard Hunt]"

      March 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  7. IvotedforObama

    They are "buffett Christians" anyway. Why don't you ever see any of them going after adulterers like Limbaugh and Gingrich?

    March 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Why can't we see any support from Atheists for people loosing their children like what happened not too long ago. I meant like those 20 something little kids that got killed by an idiot, which was an Atheist by the way. I read comments by Atheists posting filthy comments on these boards just because some people were giving their prayers to the parents who have lost their child.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, they weren't. What they did say is that telling a parent who's grieving that their child is "in a better place" or that "God's will was being done" is not comforting.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Yes they were Tom Tom, and you were one of them. Stop being an hypocrite. I saw you on these comments making filthy post too.

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

      There's that story of the mother who lost her two kids. They were said, by their mother, "now there are two more little angels helping out god". Such a comfort.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • 12ax7

      And the filthy comments made by Atheists was any better? Atheists are pretending to be good people. Bunch of hypocrites.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      12ax7, 95% percent of crimes are committed by religious followers, that's based on the claim that 95% of the worlds population believes in a religion of some sort. However MANY religious followers claim God(s) told them to do it or it is in the name of "blank". I have yet to hear of one person claiming they've committed a crime in the name of A-theism.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Then produce the post. Cite it. I don't criticize people who believe; I have no time for those who think everyone should hear about their beliefs. I have no time for the idiots who tell parents things like "you'll see your loved one again". Lie all you want, but it won't matter.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What makes you think that those who don't share your belief are not good people? You don't know that. What makes you think that professing belief means a person is "good." There's no proof that's the case, either.

      But go right on being ignorant; you've apparently had a lot of practice.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Anyone who want to go search the CNN archives about that incident and read the comments will see what you and others like you have posted.No one needs a Ph.D for that.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • 12ax7

      What i think about Atheists is not important Tom Tom, it's what you people post that matters, all the filthy comments you made are cruel. Oh you can post nasty filthy things on me and that won't touch me, but when you Atheists are posting filthy comments on these boards in time when people needs supports that really matters. It time when there are suffering and in time of grief, a person should put his pride behind and come in support for others, even if that means offering someone a prayer even if you don't believe in God. It's not about you when you offer your support it's about the person in need. And you're suppose to do whatever it takes to help. But of course you Atheists and your stupid pride don't know what compassion means.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You are not terribly bright, so I'll write slowly. I have great compassion for people who've lost a loved one. I don't think you understand most of what you read on here, as I suspect you have had very little education.

      Why is it okay for you to hate gays?

      March 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  8. us_1776

    "god" has been relegated to the same place as the "flat earth society".

    Get over it.

    .

    March 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  9. searchingintruth

    I don't have a problem with atheists. They can believe as they like. They believe in things, too, without having absolute and irrefutable scientific evidence that there isn't a God. We're all human, and fallible, and deserve some minimal respect and kindness. We can live together without fighting and hating. Many of us do. Join the party. The hate machine is getting old and tired.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • ME II

      Not bad, except for the implication that atheists are the only ones doing the hating.

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

      You know, I have no " absolute and irrefutable scientific evidence" that unicorns don't exist either, yet I'm pretty sure they don't.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Wrathbrow

      A good point. There is one difference:
      Atheism at it's basic roots does not indicate others should suffer for eternity, some religions do.
      That is some darn powerful hating and it really is hate and insulting.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      It's not about proof ... it's about probability.

      Deities have less probability than a Stegosaurus orbiting Pluto in a '57 Chevy (since Stegs, Pluto & '57 chevy's are know to be facts). But If I claimed, with no evidence, that a Steg is doing just that you'd think I'm crazy .... and you'd be right!

      March 3, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
  10. billy

    buddha is real

    March 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Correctlycenter

      Your right! Someone seen him finally walk out of the all-u-can-eat chinese buffet about an hour ago...

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

      i can tolerate atheists. i used to be one. i just don't want them passing their pagan laws. we have enough debauchery w/o them shoving their filth and garbage down our throats. other than that, as long as they shut-up, they are cool.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Matt

      Billy – LOL. You claim you used to be an atheist but than say you think atheism and paganism are the same thing. You clearly know nothing about atheists or pagans.
      I used to be Christian but I hate how they keep trying to impose Hindu Islamic laws.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Archeopteryx

      Buddha was real. You're incorrectly implying that Buddha is a God of some sort, not true. Buddha was simply an enlightened human and people follow the teachings of Buddha as wisdom & enlightenment not as a Deity.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
  11. TheRationale

    It's embarrassing ads like this exist. Religion should have long been dead by now.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • Correctlycenter

      The Roman Emperors, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and other wannabee godless dictators who hated Christians would agree with you...

      March 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • clarity

      Correctlystupid continues to make the kind of generalizations and associations of a two-year old

      March 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Spencer

      Actually, Rome is responsible for the rise of the immoral religion known as Christianity. Sure you have heard of Constantine?

      March 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Tommy

      Rome lasted a lot longer as a non-Christian empire than it did as a Christian empire.

      March 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  12. Answer

    We've all done your sister.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
  13. Jeebus Chreebus

    This campaign is as tone deaf as the politicians it attacks. Dumb idea.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  14. Truth Today

    The approach to go after these right-winged individuals is FLAWED for the onset. The argument must be logical and rooted in the fundamental belief that America is a free nation that respects religious rights for all. There should be no law established that ascends one religion over another. There should be no law that violates individual rights as long as individual rights bring no harm to others. The use of religion to deny religious rights is illogical and short-sighted.

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

      What rights is the billboard indicating should be taken away from religion? None.
      All it is doing is giving people something to think about in terms of not relying on religion for decision making purposes.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  15. 12ax7

    Oh boy, there's more Atheists still living in their parents basement than i previously thought.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • ThunderingNerd

      12ax7, does that include the 97% of the Academy of Sciences members? Non-believers are the fastest-growing segment of the population, and account for 16% of it (30% of those under 30). That makes for some pretty crowded basements.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • 12ax7

      It sure does, most of them were spoiled kids who lived in their parents basement until the age of 30 and more. They were too lazy to work, they prefer pretending they were geniuses and having their parents paying for their colleges.And now they pretend to be geniuses. Science is good, look at what this planet is turning itself into, it's just a huge dump and polluted from inside out. Al lin the name of science. Good Job.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, you don't sound bitter at all. For your info, I've been supporting myself since I graduated from college. I never lived with my parents after I graduated and got a job. I don't "pretend" to be a genius, but I certainly am not going to listen to somebody like you lie and do nothing about it.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • 12ax7

      And were is your proof of that? Or we simply have to believe you?

      March 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Where's your proof of your claim that scientists were spoiled kids?

      Come to think of it, where's the post you claim I wrote?

      March 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And frankly, my dear, I don't give a hot damn if you believe or not.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • ThunderingNerd

      I'm sure you have plenty of hard evidence to back up those wild claims, right? "Most" of scientists pretend their way to a Ph.D. and pursue a career that will never make them rich, just for the love of exploration and learning. They are the ones that will save this planet (if it can be saved). It isn't science that's polluting the world, it's greed. After all, why worry? Give no thought to the morrow. Jeebus will come back any day now and put it all right. I'll put my money on science, if it's all the same to you.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
  16. Fred Derf

    just a question to all the "non-theists" who love to take pokes at religion, and who love to point out the failings of certain human beings who are religious.... outside of attacking religion, what have you done for humanity? where are the non-theist hospitals? Schools? Advocates for homeless? Help for pregnant teens in trouble? Medical assistance for poor? Viisits to the condemned in prison?

    When non-theists can point to what it is they exactly do for humanity, outside of taking pot shots at the religious, I'll listen. It's much easier to engage in insult-laden rhetoric than it is to actually do something for people. And the non-theists have such a great line of role models, too, such as Lenin, Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung.

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

      I donate to a lot of charities, and now some religious people that don't do a thing.
      Anyone who says that some religious groups or people have not done some good things is lying or is a fool, or both.
      Likewise anyone who says all religious groups or people or atheist all do bad things is lying or is a fool, or both.
      Religion or atheism are not a guarantee of good or bad.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • justageek

      What Wrathbrow said. God and bad on both sides. Plain and simple.

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

      Oops. Meant to say 'Good'.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Frank

      What did the dominant religious forces in America do to combat Slavery? NOTHING. So please, step down from your high horse.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • holly

      wow fred, I help the homeless and I help and donate to soup kitchens and a lot of my friends who are non believers do the same. I can go on and on, I also helped build homes for victims of Katrina. why?? because it is the right thing to do. I have morals and compassion for humans and all living things. I am a atheist.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • clarity

      I'm sure other can address the one-side picture you are trying to paint with your first paragraph. But I'll address your notion – "And the non-theists have such a great line of role models, too, such as Lenin, Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung." A common error of association. I'm sure if you asked non-theists, they would tell you that Lenin, Stalin, etc. are not their role models. It has actually been difficult to determine the actual religious beliefs of these individuals. Hitler, for instance, felt he was a devout Christian. It is even more difficult, and I would claim impossible to claim what the religious beliefs were for the populations that existed under such totalitarian regimes. Therefore it is useless to try to define or draw similarities between non-theists or atheists with these odd-ball dictators and certainly the people who had to live under them in non-democratic regimes.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Jason McCoy

      Even if it could be proven that atheist groups do nothing to benefit the world: So what? The ONLY thing you have to do to be an atheist is to not believe in a god. That's it. You don't have to do anything else. Period. And if it can be proven that religious groups do a lot to help the world again: So what? That doesn't in ANY way verify that their claims about a deity are true.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      All evil regime leaders have been men...

      Osama Bin Laden was a theistic man.

      Hitler was a theistic man.

      The Norway Shooter was a theistic man.

      OMG– YOU are a theistic man!

      My dog has never killed anyone nor has any dog every claimed to speak for god or started a holy war. Atheists are far more likely to care for animals, be pacifistic, and fight for civil rights than their theistic peers. They are far more likely to give to real charities and not charities that require people to believe in magic to get the benefits (See Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, for example). The non-believers outcompete all religions for the online charity Kiva.

      Theists just tell themselves they are more moral– but if they behave because they fear their god will threaten them with hell if they don't, then how is that moral? Why are theists mmore likelt to be liars? More likely to end up in jail? More likely to be pedophiles.How is it that theists have managed to convince themselves that they are moral because they are able to believe (or pretend to believe) magic. Is there any measurable area where theists do more than their secular counterparts (like the Red Cross). And shouldn't theistic organizations be doing SOMETHING good with all their tax breaks? I know this is really hard for theists to understand– but everybody thinks that people who think like they do are the most moral of all– even those you think of as "bad guy"s.

      Only Christians think that Christians have a moral edge... and when they let their magical beliefs go, they understand how they were merely confirming their biases as their religions taught them to do in order to keep their faith (so their god wouldn't torture them forever–ha)

      March 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • Theists are pro birth not pro life

      Fred Derf ' Help for pregnant teens in trouble?'
      The only thing theists do for pregnant teen is shame them and force them and their new baby into poverty

      March 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Atheists contribute to charity in the exact same proportion as the non-Scientologists.

      They help out the world to the same extent as the non-believers in fairies.

      Many are responsible for things that people in the past world consider real miracles– they are scientists and the like. Sure, they don't give to brainwashing organizations like churches– but that's because they car about the truth. If there was any real evidence for anything divine, you can bet those very same scientists would be testing, refining, and honing that evidence for their own benefit as well as for the benefit of others.

      The internet is a miracle brought to you by science– what has religion ever offered that can compare?

      March 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Atheists to the rescue!

      "When non-theists can point to what it is they exactly do for humanity, outside of taking pot shots at the religious, I'll listen".
      Apposing theism in our laws, pointing out the absurdities theism, the hypocrisy of theists and promoting facts instead of a 2000 year old fairy tale is a pretty good start

      March 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • NinjaGirl

      Just a question to all the "non-theists" who love to take pokes at religion, and who love to point out the failings of certain human beings who are religious.... outside of attacking religion,
      "what have you done for humanity?"
      – As a member of the US Army I've voluntarily(and involuntarily) served in a number of humanitarian missions both in this country and overseas. And I didn't need anybody's "God" to tell me doing so would be a good idea. Then again, you Glenn Beck fans are the ones who now tell us that helping others will turn us into Nazis or something. So by NOT listening to you, my life is already better off.

      " where are the non-theist hospitals? Schools? Advocates for homeless? "
      – They're out there right now trying to help all the POOR people of this country who can't AFFORD health care, private schools, and shelters funded with tax dollars YOU would rather spend on oil subsidies and Halliburton contracts. Maybe if YOU weren't so busy screaming at g-y people on a street corner along with the rest of your kind, you'd have realized that.

      "Help for pregnant teens in trouble?"
      – Yeah it's called "PLANNED PARENTHOOD", and "Women's health clinics". You know, the places you righties keep trying to SHUT DOWN in red states across the country with draconian new regulations designed explicitly and SPECIFICALLY to shut the clinics down. They're the places you demonize and pledge to cut funding for.

      "Medical assistance for poor?"
      – Yes it's called the "Affordable Care Act"...the idea you righties PROPOSED and then attacked people for agreeing with it.

      "Viisits to the condemned in prison?"
      – We've been trying to change the laws, so that first-time and non-violent offenders will stop being locked up with murderers(and getting longer sentences than the murderers in some cases) over ridiculous and obsolete laws connected to that infamous fiscal DISASTER known as the War on Drugs. Unfortunately, you righties and your friends in police departments across the country have been too busy getting fat on all the pork you get for yourselves and your cronies in the private prison industry to care. So you oppose us at every turn to keep business booming while using the degradation that results from your preference of investing in prisons instead of schools to justify bigger and bigger requests for MORE pork.

      "When non-theists can point to what it is they exactly do for humanity, outside of taking pot shots at the religious, I'll listen."
      – Yeah right. That's what you righties are known for...listening. That's all we've seen out of the t-bags who show up at protests with guns over their shoulders, Congressmen who hold up pics of Pelosi to punch "her" in the face, and Mitt Romney's tone-deaf campaign...people who are all about listening to others. Sure.

      "It's much easier to engage in insult-laden rhetoric than it is to actually do something for people."
      – Hence, the current insanity of the fractured GOP.

      "And the non-theists have such a great line of role models, too, such as Lenin, Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung."
      – Uh-huh, and "theists" have a nice long list of crusaders, terrorists, Israelis raining bombs all over civilian neighborhoods, and George W. Bush. At least "non-theists" can say this much: Science has cured diseases and offered amaziong contributions to society(and that even includes scientists who believe in God). Religion, on the other hand, brings us priests who r-pe little kids and never face a day in court, psychos crashing airplanes into buildings, freaks holding up pictures of dead fetuses, and Sarah Palin. I'll stick with the "non-theists" who believe in HUMAN governments run (supposedly) by DEMOCRACY over your weird ideology that spits on our govt but tells us to get on our knees and beg an invisible man in the sky for help.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • How many atheists condemned millions of Africans to a slow torturous death

      By proclaiming that condoms cause AIDS

      March 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • If christians are so good

      Please explain why an army of them SLAUGHTERED over 8500 UNARMED boys and men in Srebrenica in 1995

      March 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  17. justageek

    "Go Godless Instead" – Because it will make you smarter or not make you say a dumb comment or what exactly...as it relates to politics? I don't get the political message here other than it saying that a few 'has been' politicians said some whacked comments. Or is that it and it is just a slow day for the left?

    March 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  18. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Do not donate any money to American Atheists. Tis just another "non-profit" using a cause as a front for a tax-free investment company.

    Said group's founder, Dave Silverman pays himself $100,000+ /yr out of about $500,000 in donations. Said group has an investment portfolio of over a million dollars. And Silverman pays no taxes on the interest, dividends or capital gains on these investments. (guidestar.org)

    In place of your donation, simply send the following to family and friends.

    The Apostles'/Agnostics’?Atheists' Creed 2013: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

    March 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
  19. NinjaGirl

    Wanna have fun with your local right-wing Christian? Ask them why ANYONE who claims to be a CAPITALIST would worship a God that says rich people have as much chance of going to Heaven as a camel has of sliding through the eye of a needle. Ask them why on Earth ANYONE who believes in DEMOCRACY, personal freedom, and small govt would bow to some UNELECTED invisible man in the clouds who tells them what to do, gives us no control over our lives(it's all a "divine plan" remember?), never takes the blame for anything bad that happens despite supposedly having the power to stop it, and apparently hasn't bothered to show itself to anyone for several thousand years.

    Then, just as they start stuttering and stammering through some half-@$$ attempt to pretend they understand their own bss-ackward behavior, ask them why anyone who believes in SELF-RELIANCE and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps would worship anyone or anything...AT ALL.

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

      Let's just ignore the truth in God's word and just replace God with youself! Yeah, that original...

      March 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  20. 12ax7

    @Answer

    How does it feel to still live in your parents basement and still being supported by them at your age?

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

      How does your sister feel about me?

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

      I barely remember what it was like to be in middle school. Thanks guys, for reminding us.

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

      12ax7, have you stopped beating 11 year olds yet?

      March 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
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