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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. Brother Mac

    Finally we go on the attack! We march at dawn!

    March 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Who's "we"– and do "we" get to wear cool hats?

      March 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • End Religion

      Cool Magi hats:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magi

      March 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "I dreamed a dream...."

      March 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
  2. Rob

    A better strategy would be to point out how one doesn't need religion to be a moral person, and then demonstrate how some of the people that claim to be a beacon for religious zealots (the GOP) practice an existence devoid of morality.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      I like your comment. plain and simple.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
  3. Sara Howells

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcyW7rMYR7A&w=640&h=390]
    .

    March 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
  4. Anon

    These athiest are cowards...Ooooh so these "brave" athiest groups are going to post billboards in some Texas suburbs.

    I would respect them more if they would go to a Muslim community and display their signs there. Or do these athiest just discriminate against Christians because they are easy and can get free media attention from CNN? When do the athiest groups plan to protest other religious leaders of other faiths? When and Where?

    March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Dippy's sub

      It's "atheist."

      March 3, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      @Anon

      Christians advertise all the time.....why should another group get to?

      March 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      *shouldn't*

      March 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • .

      Said the guy named 'Anon' posting behind the anonymity of the internet.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Anon

      Im not saying someone shouldn't be allowed to "advertise",...What these atheist are doing is not advertisement, this is attacking others whom they disagree with. Why not offer a billboard that explains whatever benefits there are for being atheist?

      Ever been to a town event and hear some street corner preacher screaming at you at the top of their lungs? Did that convince you to convert? Probably not. Why would these billboards work ?

      These billboards are put up strictly to get attention and to get their group publicity.

      Still I would like to know when the atheist plan to put up similar billboards in a Muslim community.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • Mark Knight

      They can't... Because the Muslims scream to the democrat liberals who sue to get on the good side of the Muslims. Why don't you educate yourself before you speak, it would do all of us a favor.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't see a whole lot of Muslims running for office. Maybe that's a clue.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • lenojames

      @Anon

      American Atheists actyally does have a plan to post billboards in muslim neighborhoods.

      From what I understand, they will implement that plan ONE YEAR AGO!!!

      http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-758697

      March 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Fatwa envy?

      (Still wishing witch burning was allowed, eh?)

      I think real omnipotent deities should have no problem fighting their own battles– you can relax.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Nate Higgers

      "I don't see a whole lot of Muslims running for office."

      Got one in the highest position currently. Self admitted, several times, on camera. "I am a muslim." "I will stand with the muslims."

      March 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
  5. Hm

    Does the atheist group realize none of these people holds any active position in Congress? Seems like a lot of trouble to go to for people that have no more power than sharing an opinion.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • End Religion

      The billboards aren't just political. We are dragging your daughters back to our caves to make atheist babies.

      March 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  6. TMV

    I'm an Athiest but I'm not sure this specific billboard idea is a good one. Using "Go Godless Instead" is not the right approach. We DO need to call attention to the insanity of making law based on the bible but I favor more thought provoking language vs attacking. In fact, I think the quotes alone speak for themselves. How about a tag line of "Is this really what we need?" Or something along those lines.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • Jesus Is Lord

      Jesus is the answer. He is the ONLY way to the Father in Heaven. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent, obey and be saved!

      March 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • Doug Lynn

      Making law based on the Bible is insane? Ha. Ha. Insanity is basing law on political whimsy.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Law isn't based on "political whimsy."

      March 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Frank Bonora

      I think I agree with you TMV. Although I have to admit I get too sarcastic while I get frustrated trying to reason with a theist. Nobody wins when it' gets disrespectful. Reaching someone's sense of logic will be done more intelligently with due respect.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Would your suggestion have garnered this much free advertising from CNN?

      March 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  7. Old Fool

    You cannot be bigotted against athiests. It is like shouting into the wind. The atheists take unfair advantage of the religious zealots, because they refuse to stop using reason as their core belief. I don't know what Christians, Muslims and Jews have against reason. Go ahead, rail against reason. Look at how far we have come as a species. On the road to reason we did not stop 2000 years ago and say, Okay, this is perfect; this is the way it should be for all time. Nope. We kept on going. And look how far we have come. In my own lifetime it has been amazing. God and I? Well, we're at a big Mexican standoff. So He stays away from me and I stay away from him. Better for both of us.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • Jesus Is Lord

      Wrong.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why is it "wrong"?

      March 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  8. allenwoll

    Atheism is just another Faith-Based religion.
    .
    Faith-Based, because there is zero credible, verifiable evidence one way or the other toward Atheism OR Theism !
    .
    The Doubters, the Agnostics, are on the high ground.
    .
    The Bible is naught but Junk Mail.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
    • Edweird69

      Atheism is no more of a faith-based religion, than bald is a type of hair style. You are showing exposing your stupidity for all to see.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
    • lolol

      you all need to stfu

      March 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • clarity

      There are some, perhaps many who don't buy into the God of Abraham, but who are not opposed to the possibility of a deity allenwoll. How would you categorize them? Some use the term agnostic atheist. Some contend that most atheists are exactly this kind of atheist (as opposed to the type who believes that deities are not possible).

      March 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • Bostontola

      It may be faith based but its clearly not a religion. There is no creed. There is probably no 2 atheists who believe the same things. Agnostics don't have higher ground, they simply choose to be more scientific. I am an atheist who deeply believes there is no god, that is very unscientific.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Most of us are agnostic about many things, including our beliefs about gods – classically, knowledge is justified true belief. We may believe that gods exist or that they don't, but we still need that elusive fact about gods: either there is at least one god or there are no gods.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • FreeFromTheism

      so, it is a religion for you to be a non-alchemist, right?

      March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      That is incorrect .. Atheism does not need evidence, it is simply no belief. Agnosticism is just a step in the direction of Atheism, it does not have the high ground since it gives equal credibility to belief and no belief in religion ... they are not equal. It's about probability .. since there are infinite non provable explanations (like religion) and only one alternative, they are not equal.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
    • clarity

      Agree with TTOO. And what Boston said is very important – no creed. If you're not worshiping something and you don't have a creed, it's pretty difficult to call it a religion.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
    • Jesus Is Lord

      Allenwoll is absolutely correct. It takes more faith to believe that nothing created everything than to believe that God created everything.

      To look at creation and believe that it "just appeared" is like looking at a painting and saying there was no painter, or looking at a building and saying that there was no builder.

      Jesus is the answer. He is the ONLY way to the Father in Heaven. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent, obey and be saved!

      March 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nobody claims that the universe came from nothing. When you say that, it makes you look dishonest and stupid.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      @JIL

      proselytizing on this thread is lame.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • drlen

      If I'm correct, as an infant matures into a toddler, he or she gradually develops a world view.
      Mom and Dad can be trusted, but not so with strangers. Their world view acquires notions of love, pleasure, pain, honesty, and so on and the child begins to see these things play out in the larger world.
      Eventually the questions take on even larger, more existential qualities.
      Ultimately, then, religious faith, agnosticism, atheism, and everything in between are all ultimately world views.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • TOm, TOm, the Other One

      "To look at creation and believe that it "just appeared" is like looking at a painting and saying there was no painter, or looking at a building and saying that there was no builder." But when you see something beautiful in nature, like a spectacular waterfall, you do say there was no painter or builder in the sense that a painting had a painter or a building a builder. If you attribute it to God you are ignoring its obvious origins. It is just water falling off of a cliff.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Is your non-belief in Scientology a faith?

      Are you agnostic about Zeus? unicorns? Gremlins? Witches? Invisible penises growing out of your head? Do you tell yourself that it takes "faith" to not believe in those things? How do you decide which magical things to be "on the fence about" and which to dismiss all together? Are you agnostic about all gods or just the gods that "want" you to believe in them (or else?).

      http://xkcd.com/774/

      March 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  9. lesliedevereaux

    I'm still unaware of the reason that atheists intend on shaming Christians and other religious groups. Atheists, the bottom line is this: if there is no God, no afterlife and as a result of that no standard of behavior, your arguments to disprove him are pointless. Additionally, there is no such thing as pleasure, pain, joy, sorrow, etc. - it is all a figment of our imagination. "Why?", you ask. Well, we got here by accident, then we all die and cease to exist. Attempting to create meaning from something like this is a waste of time.

    March 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
    • Billy

      Sorry – but that was just one big bowl of stupid.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
    • Edweird69

      Your post makes no sense to me. "There is no such thing as joy...etc.". So, the fact that we experience those things, is all the proof you need there are god(s)? You're a nutjob.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nonsense. There is joy in everyday life. There is art, music, friends, conversation, good food, sunshine, family...

      If you can't find any meaning in this life, you're already dead.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Your statement shows the danger of religious indoctrination.
      "if there is no God, no afterlife and as a result of that no standard of behavior" That statement is absolutely absurd and a product of your indoctrination. To believe without a God you have no rules of behavior is very dangerous. This is exactly what we need to put an end to .. especially in a world with nuclear weapons and religious politicians!!

      March 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      @Leslie

      that was a pointless argument with an even worse conclusion. C'mon!!!

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

      I'm not saying there is an absolute zero (as in less than .000000000000001) chance there is a god.
      I'm saying that the evidence for one is close to that of saying everything was created by magic fairies.
      The evidence for other things like evolution are much stronger.
      If you say prove there is not go, I say prove there is no fairies.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • Jeremy

      If you really think about it, the "supernatural" is easy to prove. Human sentient consciousness IS supernatural. A collection of neurons firing can't explain consciousness... Computers simulate that, but they do not become aware.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Programs are not yet aware, Jeremy, because we are nowhere near the level of sophistication in programming, or in our understanding of what awareness is, that it would require to make a program that is aware of itself. That doesn't make awareness supernatural and that doesn't mean God is behind it.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • hal 9001

      Thank you, "Tom, Tom, the Other One".

      March 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Frank Bonora

      Why do you think Leslie you need your god to have a standard of behavior? You think a person needs constant monitoring. To have morals? I have my own 10 commandments and I can put them in one sentence. Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being." How come your god missed all these important points we atheists figured out?

      March 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
  10. charles darwin

    Where can we send money to put up more bill boards?
    When I see the pictures and what they said it makes them look dumb as dirt.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • clarity

      We should contact anyone we know in the Fort Worth area – they need to be visible from TCU – especially the sporting venues.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • Darth AnViL

      donations go here -> http://atheists.org/contact

      even if you can't donate – join us!

      thank you all!

      March 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
  11. stanknasty

    Atheists believe that an explosion billions of years ago created an amoeba which then turned into a fish after millions and millions of years and then poof it turned into a crawling creeping lizard which then magically turned into a dinosaur and the dinosaur was very angry so it turned into a monkey but then wait.... the monkey was not happy being a monkey so then .... poooofff ....it turned itself into a human.... wow where can I become an atheist because you have the truth. I've been lied to all my life. Please help me become an atheist. I need you.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

      Thomas Jefferson

      [If] the nature of... government [were] a subordination of the civil to the ecclesiastical power, I [would] consider it as desperate for long years to come. Their steady habits [will] exclude the advances of information, and they [will] seem exactly where they [have always been]. And there [the] clergy will always keep them if they can. [They] will follow the bark of liberty only by the help of a tow-rope.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • Edweird69

      And you think a magical being appeared from no where, spit in mud, and voila...there you were! Think about that! You believe there are invisible magic beings. UH...athiests don't claim to have all the answers, you Christians do. And your beliefs have been debunked.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

      Thomas Jefferson

      Whenever... preachers, instead of a lesson in religion, put [their congregation] off with a discourse on the Copernican system, on chemical affinities, on the construction of government, or the characters or conduct of those administering it, it is a breach of contract, depriving their audience of the kind of service for which they are salaried, and giving them, instead of it, what they did not want, or, if wanted, would rather seek from better sources in that particular art of science.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • Darth AnViL

      I read your post in mr.garrisons voice. you know – the teacher from southpark? remember the episode with richard dawkins in it?

      in that episode – mr.(mrs.) garrison goes off on an ignorant retarded tirade like the one you just did. i thought you were just pasting the script from that episode.

      anyhow – that's some funny stuff! keep up the good work!

      here's the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LzSX37C5J4

      March 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Darth AnViL

      ooops – sorry – i know just a plain url is too hard for a lot of you to deal with – i meant to post it like this:

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LzSX37C5J4&w=640&h=390]

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

      you certainly don't know much about the theory of evolution if that's really what you think it says. Evolution says NOTHING about the origin of life, simply how it has changed over time. Beyond that, it's been thirty+ years since amino acids were discovered in fallen asteroids, and just recently they've found two of the four nucleobases that form the rungs of the DNA double helix. Not that actual, provable science means anything to those determined to believe what they WANT to believe instead of actual facts...but it's looking more and more like the building blocks of terrestrial life fell from the sky..

      March 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Atheists don't need to know or care about universe origins to reject stories about magical beings being involved, you goofball. You reject other religions creation stories all the time. If there was any evidence that anything supernatural was real, real scientists would be testing that evidence to find out more and people like you and your indoctrinators would not need to manipulate (and threaten) others into belief!

      There are no invisible 3-in-1 magic hypothetical "uncaused causes" who are having a sad day because some people don't believe in them. If real gods wanted to be "believed in" they would do the normal sorts of things that sane beings would do to be "believed in". Not understanding universe origins is not a valid reason to plug in your particular invisible friend nor any other magic story. Get it? If not– blame faith for addling your brain beyond reason.

      If you are ever interested in the truth, get your science from scientists, not people who imagine themselves saved for what they believe.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  12. Over 40,000 denominations 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.

    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 6:51 pm |
  13. stanknasty

    > Edweird69 – living under Christian rule has garnered you many rights... however, you could go live under unchristian rule, I shall name a few countries that you more than welcome to go live in that are not Christian: Cuba, All Muslim Countries, China, India etc... please choose wisely as they is alot to choose from that Is a darling of a country to live in that has no Christian rule.... how's that working for u?

    March 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
    • Edweird69

      Oh, you mean like Canada, the Netherlands, Germany. Oh my...please don't make me go to one of those places. I want to stay here where people believe there are invisible beings in the sky. AND BASE LAWS ON THAT! FAIL !!

      March 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • Answer

      Go grab an education.

      Study history and what men did to make the laws. Study the dynamics of "STANDARDS".
      Study the relationship of population versus order in society.

      Stupid christards.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

      John Adams & the U.S. Senate

      As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;

      March 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

      John Adams

      The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.

      Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

      James Madison

      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 & Govt. will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.

      The Civil Govt, tho' bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability and performs its functions with complete success, Whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood, & the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church from the State.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • Kevan

      The depth of your ignorance is astounding. America has never been under "Christian rule." America is based on a foundation of religious freedom, which makes Sarah Palin's comment offensive either way she was quoted. Our founding fathers were an eclectic mix of Christians, secular humanists and atheists. To say that America is a Christian nation is false. To say that America's founding fathers "would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments," is demonstrably false...they didn't. In fact, they built freedom of religion into the Bill of Rights.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      stanknasty, I second what others have said. The only good thing I can think of to say about you is that your name fits you perfectly.

      Wait. You might improve on it as to accuracy if you added "stupid."

      March 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • .

      You expect something lucid from a poster named 'skanknasty'?

      March 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      @stanknasty

      "living under Christian rule..." that's quite the comment. Say it out loud to yourself a bit and you will see how ridiculous it actually sounds.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
  14. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    When I drive by the myriad of "God loves you", "life is nothing without God" billboards I smile a little, ignore them and continue on my way. I suggest you followers do the same instead of being so scared or irritated by them.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • Edweird69

      REality frightens the delusioned believers.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  15. stanknasty

    Amazing Atheist was right when he said that most atheist are a bunch of obnoxious intollorent bigots while they scream at everybody else. I agree.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      again .. I'm feelin' the christian love in that post.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • Edweird69

      Gee, you have no idea how much closer I want to get to your god right now. Why his love just seems to ooze forth from you.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • Dynamo

      And you two show love? What hypocrites!

      March 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Dynamo ... No, mine was pure sarcasm.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
  16. chill485

    Please don't go out of your way to make me sympathize with Republicans. You don't want to believe, that is your loss. But leave the rest of us alone. Not every Christian is anti-science or even anti-gay. So watch this effort doesn't blow up in your face, forcing people to side with the religious extremists as preferable to the athiest extremists.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • Edweird69

      After 2,000 years of being under the rule of Christianity, some of us have came out swinging.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Answer

      Those that are are the ones that need to be fought with.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
  17. Dynamo

    American Atheists are No better than Westboro Baptist! Stop the Hate!

    March 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • Answer

      Does hating the christard hate really bother you?

      March 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • Edweird69

      No, we don't hate them. We simply have to stop them on their attempts to turn this nation into a Theocracy. Once that happens, there's not going back.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • Dynamo

      For all the supposed collective IQ in AA, you'd think they'd realize that responding with hate only makes them look foolish and hateful. There is no difference between their hate and the hate spread by Westboro. Both are shameful and reflect poorly on those whom they claim to represent.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • End Religion

      Dynamo, you are a bottomless well of stupid. Exactly how is a billboard that says nothing more than direct quotes from other individuals, hate? If it does qualify as hate it would be from the individuals quoted. What's wrong with you? Oh wait, nevermind, I guess I understand why you have a complete lack of critical thinking skills.

      March 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
  18. stanknasty

    If I had a billboard I would put as follows: Atheist believe that we came from a fish which turned into a dinosaur which turned into a monkey and then turned into a human... and thank God they don't believe in fairytales.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Answer

      The word under your billboard would then be "uneducated".

      March 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Not even close. But I love how those who don't know will tell us what we believe, priceless.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • Edweird69

      So being told you come from a bit of mud makes you feel better?

      March 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
  19. Cameron

    Brothers and Sisters, do not engage the godless anonymously on the internet its pointless . AT best you might find out there are two fools . Live your life according to your beliefs and you will be Light and Salt. When someone ask , give reason for your hope and have your testament readly . It works . Screaming at fools here is pointless.

    March 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Edweird69

      You mean, like you just did? What an idiotic post !

      March 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • stanknasty

      but it feels so good to tell the fool that he is a fool.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • Lilith

      That works for all of us. None of us should be screaming at fools.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • stanknasty

      When people don't receive truth, nothing else will make sense to them. Therefore, Atheists.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • Answer

      Let everyone be a crank. Let everyone with foolish notions pass laws. Why can't we all just get along and not attack foolishness?

      Oh the simple answer is to sit back and not fight the foolish.

      --Know this:
      "Your god exists.. surely as you have just created it."

      March 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Mr T

      You da fool, Fool!

      March 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
  20. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    So what was God doing all by itself for the ETERNITY that proceeded it's creation of the universe from nothing? Just curious since eternity is a really long time to do ... ?

    March 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • Edweird69

      Probably trying to decide whether it's a good idea or not to go ahead and create Pat Robertson.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
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