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Atheist group targets Muslims, Jews with ‘myth’ billboards in Arabic and Hebrew
The American Atheists' president acknowledges that the pair of new billboards will likely cause a stir.
March 1st, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Atheist group targets Muslims, Jews with ‘myth’ billboards in Arabic and Hebrew

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) – The billboard wars between atheists and believers have raged for years now, especially around New York City, and a national atheist group is poised to take the battle a step further with billboards in Muslim and Jewish enclaves bearing messages in Arabic and Hebrew.

American Atheists, a national organization, will unveil the billboards Monday on Broadway in heavily Muslim Paterson, New Jersey and in a heavily Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, immediately after the Williamsburg Bridge.

“You know it’s a myth … and you have a choice,” the billboards say. The Patterson version is in English and Arabic, and the Brooklyn one in English and Hebrew. To the right of the text on the Arabic sign is the word for God, Allah. To the right of the text on the Hebrew sign is the word for God, Yahweh.

Dave Silverman, the president of American Atheists, said the signs are intended to reach atheists in the Muslim and Jewish enclaves who may feel isolated because they are surrounded by believers.

“Those communities are designed to keep atheists in the ranks,” he says. “If there are atheists in those communities, we are reaching out to them. We are letting them know that we see them, we acknowledge them and they don't have to live that way if they don’t want to.”

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Silverman says the signs advertise the American Atheists’ upcoming convention and an atheist rally, called the Reason Rally, in Washington next month.

Atheists have long pointed to surveys that suggest atheists and agnostics make up between 3% and 4% of the U.S. population. That number increases when Americans unaffiliated with any religion are included. The Pew Center’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey found that 16% are unaffiliated, though only a fraction of those are avowed atheists and agnostics.

Silverman acknowledges that the pair of new billboards will likely cause a stir.

“People are going to be upset,” he says. “That is not our concern.”

“We are not trying to inflame anything,” he continued. “We are trying to advertise our existence to atheist in those communities. The objective is not to inflame but rather to advertise the atheist movement in the Muslim and Jewish community.”

The billboards will be up for one month and cost American Atheists, based in New Jersey, less than $15,000 each, according to Silverman.

Mohamed Elfilali, executive director of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, laughed when he learned the Arabic billboard would go up in the same town as his office. He says he’s surprised that someone is spending money on such a sign.

“It is not the first and won’t be the last time people have said things about God or religion,” Elfilali says. “I respect people’s opinion about God; obviously they are entitled to it. I don’t think God is a myth, but that doesn’t exclude people to have a different opinion.”

But Elfilali bemoaned the billboards as another example of a hyper-polarized world.

“Sadly, there is a need to polarize society as opposed to build bridges,” he says. “That is the century that we live in. It is very polarized, very politicized.”

The Brooklyn billboard is likely to raise eyebrows among Jews, in part because Orthodox Jews don't write out the name of God, as the billboard does.

“It is an emotional word, there will be an emotional response," said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future. "People will look at it in a bizarre way. People won’t understand why someone needed to write that out.”

To get around the prohibition, Jews usually use only one Hebrew letter in place of the word. In the Torah scroll, though, the word is found and it is pronounced Adonai, which means “my master.”

Rabbi Serge Lippe of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue was more dismissive than outraged about the billboards.

“The great thing about America is we are marketplace for ideas,” he says. “People put up awful, inappropriate billboards expressing their ideas and that is embraced.”

But Lippe acknowledged that there are a lot of agnostic and atheist Jews. A recent Gallup survey found 53% of Jews identified as nonreligious. Among American Jews, 17% identified as very religious and 30% identified as moderately religious.

“When you have two Jews in the room, you have three opinions,” joked Lippe.

American Atheists have used the word “myth” to describe religion and God on billboards before. Last November, the organization went up with a billboard immediately before the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln tunnel that showed the three wise men heading to Bethlehem and stated “You KNOW it’s a Myth. This Season, Celebrate Reason.”

At the time, the American Atheists said the billboard was to encourage Atheists to come out of the closet with their beliefs and to dispel the myth that Christianity owns the solstice season.

The Christmas billboard led to a “counter punch” by the Catholic League, a New York-based Catholic advocacy group. The Catholic League put up a competing billboard that said, “You Know It's Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus."

Silverman says his group’s billboard campaigns will continue long into the future.

“There will be more billboards,” Silverman says. “We are not going to be limiting to Muslims and Jews, we are going to be putting up multiple billboards in multiple communities in order to get atheists to come out of the closet.”

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Islam • Judaism • New York • United States

soundoff (5,946 Responses)
  1. Roger

    Why is it always so bad and so disrespectful when atheists put up billboards and it is fine when religious people put up signs, billboards and CHURCHES EVERY FRE#### BLOCK!!!! If these billboards offend you so much then lets take down all the religious ones too so no one should have to look at either of them. I frankly do not care about having or not having atheists billboards, but I think people do it to make a point: "why am I stuck looking at "opinions and beliefs" all the times and I can't express mine?? So lets just stop putting up sh## and keep faith and religion to yourself, because it has NO BUSINESS in society!! Oh yeah, atheists are all bad and disrespectful to religious people...yeah right! I've always respected all the religious people at my work or anywhere else, but as soon people found out I was an atheist half of those "good friends" won't talk to me anymore..why is that? I am always the same person as before, the same person who helped them when they needed it, why is that? Oh yeah because the bibble teaches you to listen to an "invisible" person and ignore the people around you who are actually REAL and do care about you. Yeah, atheists are such bad and stupid people!

    March 1, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Ellen Thompson

      It's callled arrogant and disrespectful. They are specifically putting these billboards in neigborhoods where there are large groups of religious people (ex. brooklyn, ny- written in Hebrew for Jews). These billboards state that their beliefs are wrong. I have never seen a a jewish, christian, muslim, etc... billboard stating that Atheism is a myth. Instead of putting others beliefs down, why don't they just write someting about atheism and believing in science.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Good, Ellen. I'm offended by the Knights of Columbus billboard telling me that I have to believe in christmas, rather than Yule. Maybe I should go to court and sue to have it taken down.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Scott

      Because the religious effort is to save people. It's a message of love and concern. The atheists are only doing it out of hate. They are "saving" anyone from anything. They are just trying to be arrogant, spiteful, and hateful.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • JT

      @Ellen – Yeah, unfortunately Muslims and Christians alike (even Jews) offend me when they "honor k-ill" their entire families or "sh-oot up" hoards of kids in Sweden. The big, bad billboard is a way to reach out to atheists that live in those particular communities. While I don't agree with the wording, I think the idea is well put forth.

      @Scott – You can't be serious, can you? You mean after years of being put in the corner and we're finally fighting back and the religious can't stomach a billboard? Your pulpit inspired love is meaningless...your fake smiles, your fake efforts, your smoke and mirrors and your attempts to "save" people is all self righteous.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Peter

      @JT I'm a well-educated American man and Catholic, and question my faith quite often. I wont be preaching my beliefs to you, but we in this country have the right to believe in whatever we'd like without it infringing our liberties. The founding fathers intended it to be that way, and I'm disappointed that even to this day we have trouble separating church and state(Bush openly entered the WOT with a religious belief, and Israel was formed with influence from the scriptures).

      But, don't undermine the fact that we separate church and state because when the state is involved with religion, that is when people die. When people of their own free will kill in the name of a faith, an atheist radical could go and murder others for believing in God and you'd be thrown into the same generalization you've made. Don't stereotype a significant portion of the world's population like that, it makes you sound ignorant.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Boes73

      I believe that the atheists have the right to put up the billboards, just like any religious group has the same right - freedom of expression is what makes this country great and separates us from North Korea or Syria.
      I do not agree with an atheist's view but I will not discriminate against them.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • JT

      @Peter, noted and I agree with you. I'm not limiting senseless killings to just those two groups. I'm just comparing the putting up of these billboards to some of the small examples of atrocities committed by at least one of these two groups that were targeted this time.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • northern light

      Well said ...you are my hero Roger.
      The religious cannot seem to understand why they should be able to "advertise".....but those of opposite ...or shall we say "more sane" views ....cannot advertise.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • Cameron

      The billboards are meant for atheists within those communities. Which seems to be lost on some of the people posting here. It's directly a result of the sort of hate mongering that religious communities often display towards people who don't buy into their religious ideology. These are designed to say, yes we recognize you exist and you are not alone. There's nothing hateful about it. But religious zealots HATE the idea of being questioned.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • guitarharry

      @Ellen–The reason you do not see religious organizations arguing against atheism is that it's difficult to argue with facts and logic.

      March 3, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • msadr

      Your assumption that faith has no business in society is patently absurd. faith is the basis of society.

      March 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • zeus_z

      Scott- you are exactly correct.

      June 13, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Roger

      you got to be kidding!

      March 1, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Lee

      Are you retarded?

      March 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Alan

      I prefer nursery rhymes. They really changed every thing for me.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Matt

      When I have children one day, I'm not letting them within 20ft of a church. All of the goofy beliefs and molestations should make any person with common sense realize it's all bulls**t.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • ElisIsALLah

      Nothing fails like prayer.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Periplaneta

      Prayer does change things! The time you wasted praying could have been used to find an actual solution to a problem. Since less effort is put into actual remedies, you'd have to conclude that prayer changes things for the worse, wouldn't you?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • guitarharry

      Science changes things.

      March 3, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  3. Omar

    Atheists are fools. "The Reason Rally" LMAO! They need to look in to the french revolutions "Goddess of Reason" (another bunch of dumb atheists) and see what the outcome of that was.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • William Demuth

      The outcome was a new world order.

      As for me, I think we could embrace that idea once again.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • boocat

      It's the 21st century....wish you were here.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Butters

      @ Omar
      Because the Spanish Inquisition totally had a better outcome than the Cult of Reason...

      March 1, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • Periplaneta

      Let me think . . . oh! The outcome of the French revolution was modern France, right? I tell you what; I'll see you a few thousand lost French heads and raise you more than a few million lost lives because of the Inquisition, religious pogroms, and all those pesky religious wars that you'd like to forget about.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Michael

      The idea stated above is that zealous idiocy is not isolated to religions but secularism as well. Remember the names Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, and Joseph Stalin? They were atheists. So how clean are the hands of secularism?

      March 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • northern light

      Omar....Not a good idea to mock the French.

      Had it not been for their help in the revolutionary war.....Americans would still be a colony and be drinking a lot more tea and the British Pound would still be be the worlds reserve currency.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • Cameron

      Hitler was a Catholic.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  4. sk

    [Quran 6:116] If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of God. They follow only conjecture; they only guess.

    [Quran 2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in God, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

    [Quran 82:7] The One who created you, designed you, and perfected you.

    [Quran 3:6] He is the One who shapes you in the wombs as He wills. There is no other god besides Him; the Almighty, Most Wise.
    [Quran 40:62] Such is God your Lord, the Creator of all things. There is no god except He. How could you deviate?

    [Quran 22:74] They do not value God as He should be valued. God is the Most Powerful, the Almighty.

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]
    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to clear your misconception by going to whyIslam org website.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Ezra

      why do religious people always have to cut n' paste long tracks of their musty old books as if they are responses. Maybe atheists should cut n' paste large sections of science books as commnets?

      March 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @sk
      the so called allah from your quran is not divine at all. let me post some quaranic passages just like u did:
      Do you not see how Allah has created the seven heavens one above the other, and made the moon a light in their midst, and made the Sun as a lamp. [Quran-71: 15-16]
      And He completed the seven firmaments (heavens) in two days and assigned to each heaven its command; and We adorned the lower heaven with lamps (Sun), and rendered it guarded… [Quran- 41:12]

      According to these two verses, the moon lies in the middle of the seven heavens, and the Sun and stars (lamps) lie in the lowest heaven. This means that the moon is further away from us than the sun and the stars!
      Obviously allah himself is not aware of basic astronomical facts but claims that he created everything.

      Example of allah's great math skills:
      When a man dies, and is leaving behind three daughters, his two parents and his wife, they will receive the respective shares of 2/3 for the 3 daughters together, 1/3 for the parents together and 1/8 for the wife [Quran 4:11-12 and 4:176]

      Doing the math, 2/3 for all daugthers + 1/3 for parents = 1. But wait, give another 1/8 to the wife! This adds up to more than what the man had!

      And you still believe that allah is god yet allah thought that the moon is further away from us than the sun?

      March 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Cynical_Anonymous

      You know who wrote that? man, not god, so your post is irrelevant

      March 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • northern light

      SK
      No need to go to "whyIslam org"
      Your book along withe other two have done enough damage already.
      All three books are in dire need of a dusty shelf somewhere in middle east .........in a dark bsement.....hopefully
      never to be read again....thus saving the world an untold amount of grief.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Creation testifies

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ew919h2BcM&w=640&h=360]

    We worship you Lord.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Jim

      Full screen version is awesome!

      March 1, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Jame

      GTFO

      March 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Ossha

      LetsThink123,
      It only displays your poor comprehension skills. Let us take the case of inheritances, you forgot the precedence.
      The wife gets 1/8 th first, then from the REMAINING the daughters get 2/3 and the parents 1/3. If you have qouted the actual verses instead of your interpretation and thought about any possible explanations you may have actually arived at the right answer. Also remember that is exactly why God has never just a book but also a prophet ( peace be upon him) with it, so as to explain and teach it.
      If you really want to learn, learn from a teacher who knows or at least look for a book that has brief explanation and not just the translation. It would actually clear all your doubts.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Nii Croffie

    Hippy is demanding that his version of atheism be respected as a philosophy. However u claim it is de Truth. That is religion. Belief in de Truth of something. U'll get in2 fights with believers 4 them. Jane Fonda was divorced by Turner for it. Pol Pot killed 4 it. You also claim it makes u good.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • hippypoet

      when did i claim those things? i said i know facts and other things that i do not claim to be facts, and happen to an atheist – being an atheist is acknowledging the FACT that gods do not exist. Being a believer means you believe there is such thing as gods – or god pending how personally conceited you are about your beliefs or how conceited your beliefs are about themselves!

      so does zues exist?
      how about thor?
      what about ahura mazda?
      what about allah?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Roger

      "Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color. – Don Hirschberg"

      March 1, 2012 at 10:34 am |
    • Apathiest

      The quote is right but the analogy is wrong, Atheism is a religion, like bald is a hair STYLE. and by the definition of "Religion" atheism is one. Honestly I know both sides are impossible to prove (so far), so both sides are equally wrong and offensive.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  7. spinosaurus1231

    I am atheist and I find this ridiculous. It is just trying to offend people. I don't force my belief on other people and neither should ANYONE else regardless of belief

    March 1, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Were you always an atheist, or did you come out of a faith community? If the latter then you know how isolating in can be, right?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • spinosaurus1231

      I do, but I just shrug it off. Besides, my friend is Christian and we don't let that get involved. Yes, he is fully aware that I am atheist

      March 1, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • William Demuth

      I have a freind who insists that saying Jesus is NOT a God will get you point duty in Afghanistan.

      He now only has one leg

      March 1, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      spinosaurus1231
      Most of my friends are religious too, but I also like to talk about religion so, for that, I need non-religious friends. That's not a dig against my religious friends. They're just not interested in talking about non-belief, and I can respect that. In a way this is no different than billboards advertising a local sci-fi convention where closet fan boys could be nestled in any community without someone else to share this interest, see?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      William Demuth
      Yes, we all know better than to share our true feelings all the time. Lots of atheists have to play along just to get along. Shame, isn't it?

      March 1, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Beth

      I am a Christian, and I hope the same could be said of me. Thank you for being respectful. If we were friends, I'd love to hear your thoughts no matter how contrary to mine they are.

      Is that kind of discourse so difficult, everyone? Why can't we all just respect each other and not slam someone or distrust someone for not believing in God, and not disrespect believers by calling their god an imaginary friend? It's sad to me that my third grade students are more respectful of each other's diversity in belief than so many adults.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • DKCOK

      How do your parents feel about that?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • George

      Another "myth" or "prophecy" includes the idea that the Messiah would be called Jesua, and as I understand it that this prophecy called for the virgin birth of a female "Messiah". This being the case it would fit that this virgina birth would be "parthenogenesis" which would result in a female because we all know that we begin as females and become males later on in the gestation. As I am an "agnostic" I believe that none of this is provable. "Listening. Watching. Waiting admidst the clamor of strident certainity for the still small voice. Waiting for the unseen to dazzle into sight. Karl Popper, the eminent philosopher of science, once wrote, "It is imperative that we give up the idea of ultimate sources of knowledge, and admit that all knowledge is human; that it is mixed with our errors, our prejudices, our dreams, and our hopes; that all we can do is to grope for truth even though it is beyond our reach." Reaching. Groping. Evavesdroping. Four centuries after Galileo, the world is still beset by those who claim access to ultimate sources of knowledge - divine revelation through tradition, holy books, or prophets. If there is a fundamental way to divide people in the world today it is into those who know and those who grope."

      March 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  8. Nii Croffie

    DOC I am ANGLICAN not ROMAN CATHOLIC. Immaculate Conception is a doctrine that claims that Mary was sinless thats y she was chosen to bear de Christ by God i.e. God is sinless so He needs a sinless vessel. Virgin birth is a theory which is proven 2 b possible in mice. The ovum can divide by itself.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Colin

      So, your Iron Age sky-god impregnates a virgin with himeslf, so he can give birth to himself and grusomely sacrifice himself to himself, to "forgive" and original sin we now all know never happened.

      Do you theists ever think this stuff through?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • BRC

      The same can happen in humans (never recorded that I am aware of), if the DNA doesn't properly spilt when the ovum forms and it gets a double shot of MOM, then it can divide all on its own, and basically naturally clone the Mom. Of course this would be a form of mutation and a medical oddity, not a miraculous or divine incident, so I have no idea why you think it proves your Jesus theory (the fact that it can be induced in mice means we don't need a god to do it), but thanks for mentioning a fun medical fact.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:02 am |

    • Actually this is the means of reproduction for several vertebrate species – unisexual lizards, some fish. If this did happen in a human, the product would be female, of course. Would you be satisfied that such a birth was a miracle?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      The virgin birth experiments conducted on humans produced males. This was necessary to make Christ like Adam. Unise.xual. Male with female genes. Mutation to make a zygote change se.x exists in twins. It won't be new.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Nii
      And you don't see this as being at all similar to the way Zeus and his other god buddies created demigod heros through their trysts with human women? Isn't it more likely that the Greek cultured early Christians interpreted the Jewish "son of God" label the way they were familiar with, as a literal son of a God, instead of the Jewish way?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:16 am |

    • Nii Croffie

      So Christ (and Adam ?), though male, had no Y chromosome? Sometimes it's hard to follow you.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      The doctrines of Immaculate Conception and Original Sin are not widely accepted.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:20 am |
    • BRC

      @Nii,
      Let me see if I got this right. You said something and claimed that it lended creedence to the mythology of immaculate conception, you were met with a surge of informed comments that showed that it doesn't, and in fact might be evidence for the other side; so you then went on to claim that "well, not everyone believes that anyway." Is that about right?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Shaneeda Quit

      If Mary gave a virgin birth, MEN are not NECESSARY!

      March 1, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Andy

      There' will be no embryo without sperm unless Mary was a hermaphrodite. Or she slept with someone else behind Joseph back and lied to him.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • George

      Another "myth" or "prophecy" includes the idea that the Messiah would be called Jesua, and as I understand it that this prophecy called for the virgin birth of a female "Messiah". This being the case it would fit that this virgina birth would be "parthenogenesis" which would result in a female because we all know that we begin as females and become males later on in the gestation. As I am an "agnostic" I believe that none of this is provable. "Listening. Watching. Waiting admidst the clamor of strident certainity for the still small voice. Waiting for the unseen to dazzle into sight. Karl Popper, the eminent philosopher of science, once wrote, "It is imperative that we give up the idea of ultimate sources of knowledge, and admit that all knowledge is human; that it is mixed with our errors, our prejudices, our dreams, and our hopes; that all we can do is to grope for truth even though it is beyond our reach." Reaching. Groping. Evavesdroping. Four centuries after Galileo, the world is still beset by those who claim access to ultimate sources of knowledge – divine revelation through tradition, holy books, or prophets. If there is a fundamental way to divide people in the world today it is into those who know and those who grope."

      March 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  9. Nii Croffie

    Why lost ur caps lock HIPPY? I can't laugh. As I said agnosticism n ignosticism are atti.tudes but atheism is a religion. Look closely @ how u n ur friends behave here. The Pharisees n Inquisitors wud have been proud. It is not de philosophy but de behavior it inspires. Otherwise Confu.cianism isnt.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • hippypoet

      all religions are philosophies but all philosophies are not religions. atheistism is a philosophy, deal with it.

      and i have no clue what your talking about with the cap lock thing, my button works FINE!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Apathiest

      By definition Atheism is a religion, look it up goes something like "A group of people that share common beliefs and or practices"...Atheism falls into that. What separates Atheism is that it is a belief/religion with no faith (using faith in terms that theists do).

      March 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  10. William Demuth

    I love this organization.

    The best defense of ones rights is a good offense.

    Non-believers and their rights are the next big civil rights battle.

    Freedom of religion means one has the right to be free of religion and its nefarious influences.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:39 am |

    • People should pick their battles, William. Farting on the subway is really more pressing than theism vs non-theism.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • William Demuth

      Tell that to the four boys we are burying this week who died in that muslim toilet of a country last week

      Tell that to the little boys whose buggerers walk free

      Tell that to men will will kill in the NEXT muslim toilet war that will be started by Jews.

      Tell that to the poor that were defrauded by you preachers.

      Tell that to the women who might lose a century of hard earned rights

      Enough of the madness of religion. It is draging our world towarss oblivion.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • BRC

      @ ,
      Normally I would agree with you. Arguing about religions is like debating the finer points of one another's imaginary friends (modified from a famous quote). BUT, in today's climate, with several candidates runnign for President on the grounds that they will make this nation a more Christian, and even more specifically a Catholic nation, I think it is an EXTREMELY important discussion to have.

      I DO NOT agree with Catholicism, or Christianity, and I will not live under their rules. the Consttution and the freedoms this Nation are built on give me the right to pursue a life outside of that religion, and completely detatched from it. Yet here we are with backwards thinking individuals trying to tell me that they are going to change that. That makes the discussion of believer vs. non-believer, and even one faith versus another tangentially important, because we need the people who don't believe what these specific candidates believe to realize that they MUST protect the rights they have under this Nation's design, and that means thinking and acting for themselves.

      I don't want to take away other people's faiths, but I will not quietly sit and wait as other people try to force me to listen to theirs.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      BRC
      Actually, people of different religions arguing about religions is like debating the finer points of one another's imaginary friends. Our atheist input in the debate is to point out that these invisible friends aren't really there.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • BRC

      @Oh Yeah,
      True, proabbly why they're not fans of hearing it (nobody likes being told their imaginary friend isn't real).

      March 1, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  11. Bo

    The bill broad is oxymoron!

    March 1, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • ?

      March 1, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • Bo

      @?: “Oxymoron”? Because it reads: “YOU KNOW IT’S A MYTH” If a person knew a religion to be a “myth” they would chose not to believe it. Choice, yes, everyone has a choice, in what they believe or think, no one can control what you think or believe.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  12. Nii Croffie

    A religion can make u stupid even atheism. There is a huge difference between a fact and theory. Big Bang is a theory. Va.gi.nal birth a science. Those guys are laughing at u more than with you but I cud be wrong. You are all atheists so anything can happen.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • hippypoet

      atheism is not a religion – religion is a formalized style of brainwashing while atheism is acknowledging that religion is all bs and that no gods exist but in our minds and so with that all believers in any god are delusional! thats logic!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Va.ginal birth may be a biological function well docu/mented by science, but immaculate conception certainly isn't!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • boocat

      Ummm.....atheisim is not a religion or a belief....IT'S ATHEISM!!!

      March 1, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Isn't that like saying that any of the really addictive drugs can get you hooked, even not taking one?

      March 1, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  13. hippypoet

    lol, i applaud your stupidity in a condescending fashion...yay for you, to have known proper hippies – what an honor!
    Next time, argue whats on the table or crawl back under it and hide from satan – he is totally out to get you!

    March 1, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • hippypoet

      sorry, wrong spot... i bet that was what god said after he tossed jesus down into mary's womb...damn, wrong spot! i wanted the Moab tribe!

      thats a pun as well as an insult! love multi-tasking!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      hippypoet
      "Damn spot!"
      You sounded like Lady Macbeth right then, you know? 🙂

      March 1, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  14. Nii Croffie

    So u guys failed to educate this poor guy about de difference b/n a scientific fact n a theory? A scientific theory is an inference from secondary information about a phenomena. A fact is a directly observable phenomena. Va.gi.nal birth is a fact but de Big Bang is a theory. Google de terms.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      A theory is what one or more hypotheses become once they have been verified and accepted to be true. A theory is an explanation of a set of related observations or events based upon proven hypotheses and verified multiple times by detached groups of researchers. Unfortunately, even some scientists often use the term "theory" in a more colloquial sense, when they really mean to say "hypothesis."
      In general, both a scientific theory and a scientific law are accepted to be true by the scientific community as a whole. Both are used to make predictions of events. Both are used to advance technology.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Nii
      And a creation story is just a symbolic mythical narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it. Are you arguing that this is a better explanation than a scientific theory that accounts for the known evidence?

      March 1, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  15. IslandAtheist

    Christians will still CRY that atheists only pick on Christian beliefs.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • hippypoet

      do you miss the part in the article where is says the billboard was about jewish and muslim myths.... lol no worries... 🙂
      i like to trip out too.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • IslandAtheist

      I think you missed the part where that was my point.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • hippypoet

      lol, sorry, it happens. 🙂 sarcasm doesn't work very well over the net.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  16. Brad

    I'm a believer, but free expression of ideas, at least ideas that are not hateful and inciting, is a good thing. I hope to see more of this.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Unfortunately , Brad, there are too many believers out there who see any criticism of their faith as being hateful and inciting.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  17. Colin

    Yes Rich. I hate science, too. There are two theories that are totally accepted by people that really irk me. The first is the theory of evolution and the second is the va.ginal birth of human beings. I’m pleased, Rich, that you pointed out the flaws in the former, so allow me to address the latter.

    It is OBVOIUS to me that storks bring babies! I have never seen a woman giving birth, but I have seen a lot of storks, especially on margarine containers. If you ever go to the beach, you will lots of storks carrying babies. They look just like pelicans because they carry the babies in their mouths. If women gave birth to babies, there would be no need for a navel, but that is how the stork picks the babies up from HEAVEN.

    There is no REAL evidence that women give birth to babies. It is just a THEORY. If they did, why is it that men never give birth to babies? Why just women? Where do boys come from? It makes no sense. Also, why are there only “midwives” and never “mid-husbands”?

    If women gave birth to babies, why are there still women and babies? And why is it you never see a half-woman, half-baby!! Explain that evolutionists and va.ginal birth believers! Bet you CAN’T.

    If you look at a stork, it is INTELLIGENTLY designed to carry babies. Why would that be if it didn’t deliver babies? And what about twins and triplets? What, do some women have 2, or even 3 uteruses? That is stupid. A stork can EASILLY carry two or three babies, but a woman couldn’t.

    Why is it that for every 50 boys born, there are 50 girls. What, can a va.gina count? Ha, how stupid. But a stork could. And, what about all the GAPS in the birth record. One time I took a peek at my mother’s va.gina, and it was so small and babies are SO BIG.

    You evolutionists are so dumb. Your think babies JUST HAPPENED in their mother’s womb. What, do you think they just appeared out of yucky, slimy blood and stuff ? Fred Hoyle once calculated that the chance of a baby spontaneously appearing in a woman’s uterus was the same as a storm blowing through a junkyard and creating a Boing-747. That’s harder to believe than that the stork brought them!

    You might like to think you came from a mere zygote, but I KNOW I came from a glorious stork.

    My father insist that I was born because he banged my mother. I derisively call this the Big Bang theory, because he cannot tell me what happened BEFORE the Big bang. And what caused the Big Bang. It must have been a stork.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      Hahaha. Awesome.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • JJ Jukebox

      SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love sarcasm.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • hippypoet

      i just printed this out and i am having it framed to go above my work desk in my back office... thank you. 🙂
      seriously funny sh!t

      March 1, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      RATIONAL ATHEIST JOKE WITH LITTLE SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE! I just can't stop laughing. Even my late grandmother won't write this for laughs! lol

      March 1, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Army Gal

      Colin, I must admit- this is a beautiful straw man that you've constructed. However, in my experience it could just as easily be the other way around- the atheists believing in the stork. Births are the result of a mindless bird dropping off babies. No, a woman doesn't actually give birth because I've never seen it- just as you posted. The correlation here might be to miracles. Miracles can't exist because I've never seen one. As you have hinted at, just because we haven't seen something with our own eyes doesn't make it fiction.

      At the end of the day we can examine various philosophies and faiths and come to our own conclusions. Why is there a tendency to cut others down by developing straw man arguments, then reveling in destroying the straw man? Certainly there are incredibly intelligent men such as David Hume and Gene Roddenberry that would agree with you. But are men such as Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Sir Isaac Newton, and C.S. Lewis plain idiots?

      I will admit, just because someone is known for their intellect is not a good enough reason to adhere to their philosophy or religion. But it is enough to check out their thoughts on it and make a choice, rather than just tearing down straw man arguments. If after you look through their thoughts and do research yourself you decide differently- great! Sometimes I think we spend far too much time debating people on arguments where we'll never get anywhere, instead of concentrating on where we agree and working together to better this world.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Joe07

      I don't believe in the theory of gravity either. Intelligent falling has been revealed to be the truth by ancient scripture that Joseph Smith found (but then he put it down and lost it). Newton was just deluded, he wasn't even American. He came from somewhere near France I think (or do I, who knows?) .

      March 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  18. gerald

    Funny they always complain about Christians forcing their religion on everyone by speaking about it in public.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • boocat

      Umm...atheism is not a religion....got a dictionary? Look it up?

      March 1, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  19. Connie

    People actually read billboards? They are an ugly eyesore, no matter what landscape they pollute.
    The argument over religion is infinite, pointless.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • hippypoet

      infinite, no – its very finite! just as finite as the tooth fairy , becuase its all the same – make believe...the only difference is that there is more material to argue from... if one choses to make a stand , this is one of those times one should have knowledge of the myth becasue that is the only way beleivers know how to make there stand...on bs!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  20. PrimeNumber

    I very much appreciate the CNN Belief blog. It has provided a place for atheists to blow their own cover. They would have us believe what nice people they are, that they would never try to force their beliefs on others. Well, now we know. Not only do they aggressively show up on a faith blog with their belligerence, but now they attack religion on billboards. A lot of hypocrital little stalins and pol pots.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • gerald

      They are the least tolerant ironically. The only time I've been yelled at at work about my religion is by an atheist. I didn't even bring it up. He just knew I was Catholic.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • hippypoet

      so the tactics of you and yours should be ok to use if they stay yours? is it not being hypocritical to argue that the way you believers have done what it is that you folks do can't be used for the other side? i am not saying i agree with this type of pandering but it works and you folks know that much better then we do! you been doing this EXACT type of sm.ut all over the world for centuries and you think you hav ground to stand on and argue from – what a du.mb fu.ck you are! biased as well.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • PrimeNumber

      @hippy "what a du.mb fu.ck I am? Please control your emotions or they will eclipse your vaunted reasoning powers. On a related note, I was around when the REAL hippies were. They were seldom rational because their brains were in a constant stupor from the hemp culture.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • hippypoet

      lol, i applaud your stupidity in a condescending fashion...yay for you, to have known proper hippies – what an honor!
      Next time, argue whats on the table or crawl back under it and hide from satan – he is totally out to get you!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Just be thankful that we haven't adopted Saint Augustine's doctrine of "Cognite Intrare", which has been used for centuries by Christians to justify conversion to their religion at sword/gun point.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Rev. Al Sharptin

      The hurt feelings brigade has made it's entrance! Let the butt hurt flow!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • boocat

      "You reap what you sow." Gee, I wonder where that came from....

      March 1, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Primewonk

      @ PrimeNumber – but it's still OK when fundiots go on message boards and post inane lies about science, right?

      March 1, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Dave

      Love it prime...you're dead on right.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
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