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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

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  1. Alias

    SoldierOfConscience

    Please answer TRUE or FALSE only
    1) The bible tells us everthing we need to know about the god, heaven, and hell
    2) The bible tells us everything we need to know who will gain access into heaven
    3) the bible is so obviously correct and accurate that there would never be thousands of denominations with differeent interpretations

    March 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • Answer

      No no no. It sounds like the person phrasing these questions has made an idol out of the Bible. The Bible is not God.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • Answer

      Heya christian c-o-c-k-s-u-c-k-e-r. 😀

      March 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • Alias

      @answer
      please work on your reading comprehension and/or reasoning skills.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • HarryGP

      Please answer TRUE or FALSE only
      1) Trigonometry tells us everthing we need to know about the a PHd in Math, a math profession, and a job shoveling manuer.
      2) Trigonometry tells us everything we need to know who will gain access into a math profession
      3) the Trigonometry is so obviously correct and accurate that there would never be thousands of professions using math with different usages of it

      Roughly translated

      March 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • Answer

      @Alias

      You'll have to ask the christian c-o-c-k-s-u-c-k-e-r 'Answer' that wants to try to impersonate people because they got their panties in a twist over myself and my comments.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      No Harry,
      not rough translation....horrible analogy. You are trying to compare an apple seed to an apple tree.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • HarryGP

      Actually it is close as an analogy:

      the bible, God, heaven, and hell -> Trigonometry, a PHd in math, a math profession, and a job shoveling manuer

      The bible is not all recorded history, just like trig is not all areas of math, similar for the others in being a like comparison.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • HarryGP

      Not everything is in the bible:

      Jhn 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

      March 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Harry, you really ought to try harder. If you're going to shovel it, you should be able to spell it: MANURE.

      March 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  2. SoldierOfConscience

    Please answer TRUE or FALSE only

    quiz for brain dead people who ask what "can" means

    Q 1 -> Does science as it stands today, explain everything about how life came into being
    Q 2 -> Does science as it stands today, explain everything about how the universe was created
    Q 3 -> Does science as it stands today, explain everything about how bunch of primates became man

    March 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Answer

      Please?

      Why don't you fvck off and die?

      March 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Ahahhhahhhahhahah!

      Too late, honey. You shot your wad already.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • FreeBeing

      SOC:
      1) true
      2) true
      3) absolutely true

      March 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      I love it when SoC shows what a moron he is. In this post he asks for True or False answers to Yes or No questions.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @SOC,

      tell us again what the origins of life has to do with politicians who have no concept of what the establishment clause means?

      11. The ‘reductionem ad creationis’ argument, no matter what the topic of the day, let’s talk origins or evolution … again and again!
      eg: “science doesn’t explain what happened before the big bang, so God is real, ergo he created everything 6,000 years ago” – Opponents of abiogenesis belong here too.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • Winnie

      Poor SOC,

      "“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”

      March 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • Paul

      Q 1 -> Does science as it stands today, explain everything about how life came into being?

      No. Science does not physically exist, therefore it has no vocal cords, therefore science itself can't explain anything. SCIENTISTS say things. Scientists give their INTERPRETATION of the evidence, but science itself says nothing.

      Q 2 -> Does science as it stands today, explain everything about how the universe was created?

      No. Science does not physically exist, therefore it has no vocal cords, therefore science itself can't explain anything. SCIENTISTS say things. Scientists give their INTERPRETATION of the evidence, but science itself says nothing.

      Q 3 -> Does science as it stands today, explain everything about how bunch of primates became man?

      No. Science does not physically exist, therefore it has no vocal cords, therefore science itself can't explain anything. SCIENTISTS say things. Scientists give their INTERPRETATION of the evidence, but science itself says nothing.

      March 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Paul

      Using phrases like "science says...", "the evidence suggests....", "the evidence points to..." in a formal argument commits the fallacy of reification.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reification_(fallacy)

      If those phrases are used colloquially, they can be very misleading.

      March 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Funny, didn't Chad/Rachel just use that phrase "everything points to" ?

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

      "Funny, didn't Chad/Rachel just use that phrase "everything points to" ?"

      I don't know if they did or not, but it's not a logical fallacy unless they used it in a formal argument. If it was used it colloquially, you have to examine the context to determine what they mean when they said "everything points to."

      March 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  3. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Someone please enter into my grilled-cheese sammich.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • on the other hand, facts

      and lo, his sammich was renowned throughout the lands for its tastiness. Aglow it was with the holy blessings of our lord. And Tom partooketh of his sammich, and sanketh his teeth into it, and the lambs did rejoice at its mayonnaise-y goodness.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hahaha. I dideth.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  4. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Number 11 on my list of the most irritating stupid arguments made here by religionists.

    11. The ‘reductionem ad creationis’ argument, no matter what the topic of the day, let’s talk origins or evolution … again and again!
    eg: “science doesn’t explain what happened before the big bang, so God is real, ergo he created everything 6,000 years ago” – Opponents of abiogenesis belong here too.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      ooops – wrong spot – so embarrassing!

      March 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  5. on the other hand, facts

    but I LIKE cheeses.

    March 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  6. yo

    i will tell you why.

    we need a new moderator

    March 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      You will tell who what?

      And no, there is no (immediate) moderator.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • fyi

      yo,

      "Comments are not pre-screened before they post." (from the bottom of this page)

      There are no live moderators on this blog.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • ****NewMemberWarning****

      A poster named "Akira" will start claiming she can read your ip address...
      ...she can not... ...she lies.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Answer

      ****NewMemberWarning****

      A poster named "Akira" will start claiming she can read your ip address...
      ...she can not... ...she lies.

      ==== Couldn't handle Akira outting you huh? This must be a new moniker to hide you away. Congrats.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Answer

      Answer is actually my moniker. Which moniker did you switch from?

      March 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Answer

      I switch to "christian c-o-c-k-s-u-c-k-e-r".

      March 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • Answer

      Yes, Akira and TomTom harassed and posted false things about me. I changed my name multiple times – I've had conversations with her – she has no idea what my ip address is. Big liar.

      March 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Told you SOC puppet's head would explode. Now he's trying to back-pedal his way out of his trouncing by changing the wording of the questions.

    Just as I knew he would. Loser.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Answer

      Religious maggots are always losers.

      They think they can handle the truth about science, but all they want is to make sure that their own safe religious bubble don't get popped by science.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      SOC is trying to save face, but it's a lost cause.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      People who when asked "can you get me the salt" answer "yep" then keep quiet. say 'yes i can' but dont hand stuff over are just being obnoxious. nothing was handed over. I proved my point

      March 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Answer

      I proved my point?

      LOL

      Nothing was proven. What you did was CLAIM. Of course you religious tools never get it. It's just a word game that you've developed to help you cope with the bs of your entire life.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Only if the point was to show that you're a brain-dead fvcktard.

      If you ask someone "Can you get me the salt?", you are both rude and stupid, and deserve to be answered: "Yes, I can."

      Anyone with a 4th grade education who wasn't raised in a barn would know to say "Please hand me the salt."

      Moron.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  8. PeterVN

    What I'd like to see in a subsequent billboard from these folks would be just in plain bold text, my favorite blog quote:

    "Religion is for the ignorant, the gullible, the stupid, and the cowardly, and for those who would profit from them."

    OK, that's a bit too in-your-face and aggressive, but it's right on the mark, and I think some heads need to be turned. It's just time to stand up to the religiots.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  9. yo

    that is interesting. why?

    March 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Huh?

      yo,

      Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  10. SoldierOfConscience

    FreeBeing,

    Q1 -> if that is so, why are so many scientists trying so hard to figure out about "the universe's earliest moments"? they dont know. translation: NO. remember the question was "science can explain EVERYTHING about"

    Q2 -> ditto. how bunch of molecules organized themselves into the first primordial cells is a mystery. Then they produced the oxygen that you and I breathe. again the keyword in this question is EVERYTHING. there should be no doubts at all.

    Q3 -> let me rephrase "primate ancestor" for monkey. again. since the key word is EVERYTHING the answer is NO

    March 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • FreeBeing

      The question was "science can explain" not "science can explain everything"
      1) We will never know the position of every bit of matter so knowing everything is not possible – the current theories match observations well enough for the answer to be yes
      2) Again knowing everything about every individual step in the creation of life is not possible but current theories match...
      3) here do know pretty much everything. Google it...we have a very strong understanding of human evolutinon

      March 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • Answer

      Here is your problem... in fact it's ALWAYS BEEN a religious tools' problem:

      You i-d-i-o-t-s LOVE TO have all the answers FOR you THIS very instant.

      Verify that through your thick skull. You'll come to the conclusion that science does not work for you to satisfy your IMMEDIATE needs. You're that stupid and you'll never grow out of your religious stupidity.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Science can explain. Isn't that what you wanted to hear? It hasn't explained it all yet, but "can" refers to its ability to do so.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • Answer

      Religious tools are ALWAYS trying the patience of proper science by instigating the following effect:

      "If you don't have ALL the answers right now then you are WRONG. You ONLY have three percent understanding right now, so you are WRONG."

      -That has always been the case of you religious maggots.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @SOC
      Zoroastrianism can explain all of that – Ahura Mazda did it.
      No more or less credible than "Abraham's God Did It" or "The Greek Pantheon Did It".
      Science does not deal in absolutes – that is the realm of religion.
      All science is subject to falsification. All theories are open to amendment based on new evidence.
      Religion claims to have all the answers – science only claims to be searching for the mechanisms through which the Universe operates.
      Many things are unknown, but nothing is ultimately unknowable.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • Answer

      The very computer and the internet are within that subset of our collective 3% of the total understanding brought about by SCIENCE.

      It isn't prayer that can ENABLE you to CHAT, DOWNLOAD, or anything else that we enjoy in this modern day society. Piece of turds religious tools can just fvck off and not use the technology that has been brought about by science.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • lol??

      Putting mobsters in charge of science, and all its holy attributes, heh, heh, ain't gonna work out. Your killin' sciences always outruns the savin' sciences.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • FreeBeing

      @lol

      What in the world does that even mean?

      March 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Answer

      Lolly.. the day you realize that the English language is there for you to learn you'll be surprised on how much easier it is to communicate.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  11. yo

    yo
    "Richard Cranium
    How about telling them the reality, that the bible was written by men, and heaven and hell are just places they made up."

    "you would tell them that even though you have no evidence to support such silliness? why wouldn't you want to spare them hell? why not tell them the truth?"

    this person could not respond with any evidence to support the claims he made here. unfortunately. he offered no proof.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Have you offered any? No, you haven't.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      How am I to respond when you cannot even use a reply button properly so you end up appearing all over the blog....Who can keep up.

      Add in the fact that I didn't respond in your time frame does not mean I won't respond or cannot respond.
      You are a troll, so i only respond to you for my own amusement.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
  12. FreeBeing

    @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
    Absolutely they have been explained. Not all gaps have been filled but explanations are available for those of us willing to read

    March 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • FreeBeing

      Oops that was supposed to be posted under SOCs "test"

      March 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I agree. SOC's head will now explode.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  13. Doc Vestibule

    I wonder how Rick Santorum feels about his name conjuring up images of a certain "frothy mix".

    March 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  14. 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)

    Instead of sending a donation, simply forward this to your family and friends:

    THERE IS NO GOD !!!

    March 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • HarryGP

      (Ignoring the rubbish at the start) no, there is one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is his son, and he gave his life for all of us on the cross so our sins could be forgiven, if we believe him. He is risen!

      March 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • Reality

      Professor JD Crossan's book, Who is Jesus:

      "Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrifices his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but it is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood sacrifices in order to be reconciled to us."

      March 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  15. .

    Yo=12ax7=SOC=troll.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      They're certainly equally illiterate.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • fintastic

      "yo" does not equal a triode

      March 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • fintastic

      Excuse me............ a dual triode

      March 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  16. The Truth

    There are atheists who exhibit behaviors often associated with religion.

    And those behaviors are exhibited by many people regardless of religion or belief.

    And those people post on here A LOT.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Thats because many of mans natural behaviors were incorperated into religion. The behaviors existed before your religions were created.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • The Truth

      And they will exist in man even if you find a way to end religion.

      That's why I need God.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • Answer

      That's why I need? LOL

      March 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • The Truth

      I need a God that is superior to me and you and our limited understandings of this world.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Answer

      You need to get some confidence.

      Every pathetic religious maggot has issues of being torn down and reduced to a piece of turd to make you more pliable. It's so pathetic watching you tools grovel for a superior being to handle your own life.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • The Truth

      Is God of the entire universe limited to my ideas of how God should act?

      Can God reveal God's self in countless ways outside of my understanding of what is happening in my own life?

      Do I need a God who is bigger, more nimble and mysterious than my ability to understand God?

      Can having a God I don't completely understand be good for me?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Answer

      You apparently are still needing answers which means your god is useless in giving them to you.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • The Truth

      🙂

      There is a God.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Answer

      A smiley face and an assertion...

      That's utterly pitiful. It also puts you in another spot...

      You made an assertion so go ahead and provide the evidence. Let's see you dance you tool.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • The Truth

      What kind of evidence are you seeking?

      March 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • Answer

      What do think is evidence?

      Let's see what you got.. let me hear your pathetic emotional /feelings. Let's get that out of the way first.
      Then let's move onto what points of acceptance you've already taken in and adopted. Then we go on with the scientific ones.

      Seems standard. So go right on ahead. Let your sob story fall out and pour your emotional jumbo out for the rest of the world to fixate on your life's problem and how you turned to this emotional super being.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      Fact: No religious zealot can prove their faith, for if they could prove it then it ceases being faith. This is like having faith that the Star Wars universe is way cooler than the Star Trek universe. If you are a fan(atic) then you understand that it isn't something you can quantify, you just feel one is cooler than the other. And the truth is having faith Star Wars is cooler than Star Trek makes about the same difference as having faith in the Hebrew God or the Hindu God or any other for that matter. None have been proven, all are just as valid or just as invalid as any other.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
    • The Truth

      Can you name anything that is bigger than you? Any power in this world that is greater than your understanding of that power? Electricity, love, wind, music? Evil, death, disease? Anything?

      March 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  17. yo

    paranoid schizophrenia is treatable in many cases. here, the demon-possessed, god-hating paranoid schizophrenics clearly manifest symptoms of both. they are in desperate need of both exorcism and thorazine.

    i am a doctor and a former god-hater myself. i happen to be expert in diagnosing mental illness with co-morbid features of flailing and foaming. call your local emergency room and born-again christian now.

    or your local atheist hotline or anvil head. she knode"

    a devout god-hating troll believes the good jesus was influenced by buddha. why? because all the good things about jesus suggest buddha's teachings, she says. what are you referring to? then, she gets huffy and quips, i have no need to tell you.

    this individual spends her days and nights sporting many names on this and other websites. she claims many things that are not true. she insults many, resorting to infantile name calling, baiting and deception. she threatens others who disagree with her. she exaggerates and is extremely sensitive to the slightest hint of rejection. she's displays the signs of a paranoid schizophrenic and needs help, desperately.

    "P. R.
    @yo – Deluded much?

    You know what REALLY "got us here" friend? The belief systems that gave us Ishtar, Habakuk, Isis, Osiris, Zeus, Hera, Frigga, Thor, Jupiter, Mars, Vishnu, Shiva, Elohim, Yaweh, Allah, AND God (just to name a SCANT few over the course of Human history – but, then again, if you're the kind of Xtian that believes the Earth is only 6000 years old, then you won't have much of a favorable view of what the remainder of us refer to AS "history"). And, just as with so many other mythos, yours will fall under the scythe of reason and logic as well.

    How DARE you invoke the memories of those killed on 9/11 in DEFENSE of theism!!! Disgusting. Cheap and disgusting and simply untrue. The terrorists that were responsible ALSO believed in THEIR deity with ALL their hearts. Which is PRECISELY why they did what they did (well, in addition to myriad other global stimuli).

    And you have the AUDACITY to claim that your supposedly omnipotent, omnipresent "God" was listening to the cries of those buried...and then DID NOTHING? And you call ME fool???

    Your religion is based upon Iron Age mysticism-turned-mass control device which preys upon fear and feeds only lies to its followers. All Humans are afraid – Life is a frightening adventure. We are usually most afraid when fearing for our lives... It's sad that, as a Xtian yourself, you have to invoke the misery and fear of others unlike yourself (in their final minutes no less, you classless twit) to pathetically attempt to persuade me of the existence of your imaginary friend and overlord.
    I hope you belong to a sect of Xtianity that is big on confession because after your little show here, methinks you'll need it... But, don't confess your sins of stupidity and willful ignorance to your non-existent "Sky Father" – you own your apologies to your fellow Humanity. Period. Children choose to believe in fairy tales. Cowards HIDE behind them."

    March 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • Huh?

      Who is this post from? To whom is it speaking? W T F?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • .

      You are not a goddamned doctor, you fucking liar. You post under so many handles, you have disassociative personality disorder, with a borderline personality disorder which is next to impossible to treat. Go fuck yourself, you sociopathic moron. You owe huanity an apology for being born.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • yo

      P. R.
      proof, young lady?

      Don't fall for it friends!!! "Yo" is just another bored troll with no life and no logic to back up any argument.

      A child selling a fairy tale. Nothing more.

      This person deserves pity more than anything else at this point.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  18. JMEF

    Topher
    According to so many fundies, their god has given mankind the free will to accept or reject that same god, right? Also in your addled mind it is up to you to take that right away from them by telling them they will be punished in the after life that they do not believe in, have rejected. Butt out of everyone elses businees and choices for their lives, your preaching and opinions are not welcome.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Topher

      JMEF

      "According to so many fundies, their god has given mankind the free will to accept or reject that same god, right?"

      Right.

      "Also in your addled mind it is up to you to take that right away from them by telling them they will be punished in the after life that they do not believe in, have rejected."

      Telling them the truth does not take away their choices.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Truth? You can't verify that it's true at all. You believe it. That doesn't make it true.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  19. Someone

    Although I do believe in God, I actually can dig these billboards. Religion has really caused more violence than peace, and these narrow-minded individuals are the perfect example of how corrupted a lot of religious folk are. Using the Bible to back up hate and bigotry is NOT okay, and never will be.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      "hate" and "bigotry" are codewords to use that one cannot argue against effectively

      wait for the day when p3d0phg1les start saying those who dont support them are using "hate" and "bigotry"

      Remember there is GOOD and there is EVIL

      something is right for society and families therein or it is wrong

      no wishy washy thinking. They say "the road to h-e-double-hockey-sticks was paved with good intentions"

      March 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Answer

      The religious maggots sure get upset when they're being outed on their hate and bigotry.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • Someone

      That's the generic response when being called out on ones bigotry, my friend.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Aydin

      I think they could just as well have been created by and worked for a liberal Christian organization – they are the ones most damaged by the ravings of these extremists. It's actually quite similar to the Church of Christ ad that showed gay people turned away from a conservative church.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Mr/Mrs/Ms Answer

      circular argument

      March 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "something is right for society and families therein or it is wrong"
      An admission of the relaity of moral relativism, eh?
      Not all societies agree on what is "right" and "wrong".
      Well before the Bible, the Code of Hammurabi codified what was best for that particular society at that time.
      No God required.
      In the modern world, the happiest, healthiest, most successful, most highly educated countries with the lowest rates of violence are predicated on democratic secularism – NOT religious ethos.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      SOC puppet insists that what's right and good is a house with a white picket fence, the "purity" of the 50s, a stay-at-home parent, women having babies without ceasing, no contraception.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  20. SoldierOfConscience

    Please answer TRUE or FALSE only

    Science can explain how life came into being
    Science can explain how the universe was created
    Science can explain everything about how bunch of monkeys became man

    March 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      edit :first two questions make it "Science can explain everything about" instead of "Science can explain"

      March 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Answer

      It's called getting an education you religious maggot.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Monkeys are monkeys...man is an ape. We have a common ancestor with monkeys, but the two are seperate.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      SOC=troll.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • meifumado

      Plenty of books out there.
      Stop being blinded by your book of fairy tales and read real factual books.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      tom tom = troll

      March 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hardly. I mean what I say here. You don't. You admitted as much months ago and disappeared.

      You post just to get attention because your mommy abandoned you. Or your dog ran away. Or you're a drunk living in a trailer. Or because you're 15 and got kicked out of school.

      You type the same tripe just to get a reaction. It's stupid, but that's all you know how to do.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      meifando and answer

      how about replying true/false to the questions as requested?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How about sticking it up your fundament and whistling Dixie with it?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Answer

      How about you just roll over and die?

      Ever thought about just ending your pathetic life?

      March 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      So you all admit I am right

      March 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Right out of your mommy's azz.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • FreeBeing

      @SOC
      1) Yes
      2) Yes
      3) False since science does not suggest man came from monkeys

      March 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      FreeBeing, I agree. Science can explain 1 and 2.

      SOC will now proceed to show how truly stupid he is.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • .

      Goody. Another bullshit "descision tree" test predicate on author bias.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • meifumado

      Your ignorance is showing SOC

      March 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • Answer

      Religious maggots sure love this blend of verbal diarrhea.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Alias

      mostly true
      true
      true

      But not everyone will accept all scientific theories as being proven.
      Kind of like how not all christians will accept the same interpretation of the bible.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Q1 -> if that is so, why are so many scientists trying so hard to figure out about "the universe's earliest moments"? they dont know. translation: NO. remember the question was "science can explain EVERYTHING about"

      Q2 -> ditto. how bunch of molecules organized themselves into the first primordial cells is a mystery. Then they produced the oxygen that you and I breathe. again the keyword in this question is EVERYTHING. there should be no doubts at all.

      Q3 -> let me rephrase "primate ancestor" for monkey. again. since the key word is EVERYTHING the answer is NO

      March 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Can" means it can do so. Doesn't mean it already has.

      Gotcha, dumbazz.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Tom, thats like Clinton's "what is is" comment. By that standard all scientific papers should be accepted. The question is "has it explained TODAY". if not then I say NO.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nope. You got caught with your semantic pants around your ankles. You lose. Take your shriveled-up balls and go home.

      March 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Tom has a son and the conversation goes like this

      Tom -> can you take out the garbage?
      Son -> Sure
      (garbage is rotting at home)
      Tom -> why didnt you take out the garbage?
      Son -> you asked me if I "can" take it out. sure I can. but I chose not to.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Poor SOC puppet. Must be hard to have your ass handed to you so often.
      It's not my fault you're so stupid.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Reposted – Number 11 on my list of the most irritating stupid arguments made here by religionists.

      11. The ‘reductionem ad creationis’ argument, no matter what the topic of the day, let’s talk origins or evolution … again and again!
      eg: “science doesn’t explain what happened before the big bang, so God is real, ergo he created everything 6,000 years ago” – Opponents of abiogenesis belong here too.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Tom,

      nothing was handed to me. by fixating on "can" you are showing your true age

      March 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yes, I'm showing that I'm a seasoned veteran and you're a little punk who's too stupid to recognize how language works.

      Get over it. Go home and lick your wounds.

      You're done.

      March 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
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