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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. David

    I am an atheist and I find these ads pointless. If someone wants to believe in Santa Claus for grownups, its their deal. I don't get involved and expect them to stay out of my business too.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Adam

      Beliefs have consequences. These consequences are important. And the beliefs are important. Personally, I have seen too many people hit the wall at 400mph to accept that one's belief is no one else's business.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  2. PACROSBY

    As a republican we must not support Autheists. Religion is big business and is a way for us to show how moral we are. If religion was not around there would be no Christmas. Tthis would be a disaster to our ecomomy. An think how bad this would be for our military and industrial complex. If people did not fight over relligious differences there would be fewer wars. To not believe in GOD is as bad as believing in Climate Change. We must never support abortion rights. To do so restricts GODs desire for ever increasing population for our world. It matters not if there is not food to feed them. This is the will of GOD.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Calvin

      Go kill some babies.....

      March 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • sam

      What the hell is an 'Autheist'?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  3. Justin

    If we had a retarded article about every Pro-God billboard posted across the country CNN would never get to any actual news (Not that they do now anyhow).

    March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  4. bill

    what are they going to do with them, burn them

    March 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  5. ski2xs

    @Billyboi,

    ROFL. . . too bad you're not that good at it.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  6. OhMyMy

    Evolution (the phenomenon atheists almost worship) played a bad joke with atheists by hard wiring belief in God in man's mind.

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

      Yeah, but nobody can agree on what he wants or does.

      All believers use the same math and chemistry, but delusions differ the world over. God sacrificed himself to himself to exploit a loophole in the plan he made himself that he himself caused to go south by providing a choice to people who didn't have the knowledge of good and evil to know that is was evil to choose to eat of the tree. yeah... right...

      March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • False Dichotomy

      At least you understand that the capacity to imagine invisible beings is a product of evolution. That's a start.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • QS

      And I'll bet you can prove that belief in god is hard wired into our minds, right? That I can not believe in any version of god proves you wrong.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Evolution (the phenomenon atheists almost worship) played a bad joke with atheists by hard wiring belief in God in man's mind."

      It's amazing the crap christians come up with to justify their delusional cult.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • sam

      Human children are all hardwired to think there's something hiding under their beds, too...

      March 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • 4TrillionDollarsAgo

      OH LOOK! *points up* The Moon, the Sun, the stars... The galaxies... Who made that?!?! ......... *silence*

      March 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "OH LOOK! *points up* The Moon, the Sun, the stars... The galaxies... Who made that?!?! ......... *silence*"

      That means you don't know why don't you do research because a god certainly did not.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • ski2xs

      @Yeah,

      Okay space boi. . . please explain the "POOF" theory of existence then 🙂

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Primewonk

      "please explain the "POOF" theory of existence "

      Um...that would be prototypical christian creationsim.

      Science certainly does not posit anything like that.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  7. Scott

    The moment that people state "It's none of our concern." Communicates that the reality that they don't care. It's their right to free speech. But reality of their antagonism with those who believe in God is as separating between people as differing views on who God is. Just another group saying they are more righteous than anyone else. If you don't believe that Atheists think they are superior and are quite derogatory against those who believe, go read some of their literature and watch some of their youtube videos. The views will range from "people who believe in God are poor misguided souls", to "the Earth would be better off if they would all just commit suicide."

    March 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • QS

      Try just for a moment to imagine you lived during the days of the inquisition, and that the simple act of declaring that you believe differently...not that you don't believe in god, just that you believe differently, could be enough to have you imprisoned, tortured or put to death.

      Now, realize that in today's society you are still just as hated, shunned and looked down upon for declaring that same differing belief...or even non-belief – just because people are still too hung up on their precious religious dogma to realize that, though the outcome is obviously less drastic than in the past, they are still doing the same thing that religious people did in the past?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  8. mikeb

    There are no atheists in a fox hole. Also they wouldn't dare put up a sign against Christians. Because they might end up in a fox hole.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • MagFlare

      Read the entire article. American Atheists DID put up a billboard targeting Christianity.

      And - correct me if I'm wrong here - but are you saying that atheists who oppose Christianity get shipped off to the front lines to engage in trench warfare? Because that's more than a little crazy, guy.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • TheSchmaltz

      There are plenty of Atheists in foxholes. The existence of foxholes is a pretty good sign that no kind or loving god exists.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  9. Anna

    They are now officially an equal opportunity offender.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  10. Ali Khan

    I am not a religious man. I have always said that humanity is my religion and the world is my country. But these atheists have gone overboard and it is they who are trying to preach their religion. Do these atheists believe that religion is the only myth?! What about capitalism and living beyond one's means?! What about us Americans killing Arabs every day simply because we are addicted to their oil? Are these not myths? Is Wall street not a myth and a lie?! Is stock market not a gamble?! Unfortunately, we live in a society full of myths, lies and deceptions?! In my opinion, religion is one of the very few good things in our society. It gives people a purpose and sense of community. Above all, we must respect everyone's religious and cultural values and be tolerant.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "But these atheists have gone overboard and it is they who are trying to preach their religion."

      Well..duh....atheism isn't a religion.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Dave

      Atheism is not a religion. Get your facts straight.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • ski2xs

      Um. . . Dave's not here man!

      Yeah Dave, it is. . . It's a belief. . .not a 'non-belief' as your ego wants you to believe. It's the belief that there is no deity or God. It has people who emphatically try to get other people to believe the same way they do . .so therefore just as much a religion as one that believes in a deity and tries to get others to believe the same.

      Try again.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  11. wisdom4u2

    One more thing, let’s see what the ‘Great I Am’ is going to do with this situation, because God will NOT be mocked….”Don't be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” AWE, somebody’s in trouble now!

    March 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • momoya

      Indeed. Let's see what he does about it. Have you started the prayer chain yet?

      March 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • ski2xs

      Ahh. . . he just let them be stupid enough to involve the muslim community. . .you know . . .the one that kills cartoonists and such. . .the ones that even the creators of SouthPark are afriad of?

      Give someone enough rope. . . . .

      March 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Scott

      If you are really coming a "Christian" belief, then you should be on your knees crying out for mercy for the atheists, because Jesus came not willing that any should perish! Judgement of unbelievers is NOT the Christians responsibility. A Christians responsibility to love without measure even to death. God alone is the judge, and Christians have the open opportunity to go before the thrown and reason with God and beg for mercy. If you don't believe that, then I encourage to read to read the word and prove me wrong.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @Scott ~~~ I hear where you'll coming from, but you must remember that in this day and age the 'Word' is all around for anyone who is 'seeking'. These people choose to be spiritually blinded and want to take others down with them. The prayer that I say for them is for God will OPEN their spiritual understanding, because they have His Love, whether they believe in Him or not.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • sam

      Hey, are you still spiritually constipated, or did that get cleared up? ~~~~~~~

      March 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  12. Troy in Austin

    Great billboards! It is time for atheists to have a voice for once. I think they have not for so long because of fear from powerful religions that could hurt them in business or just being stoned to death. GOOD JOB GUYS!

    March 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  13. 4TrillionDollarsAgo

    Atheism = Bitter Religious group with Socrates as their god, Plato as their prophet, Darwin as their Messiah and Science teachers as their priests.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • pat

      and Jerry Falwell as their Satan.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Bitter Religious group with Socrates as their god, Plato as their prophet, Darwin as their Messiah and Science teachers as their priests."

      Lying is a sin.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Justin

      I'm an atheist and I'm in no way bitter. Religion has not done anything to me, I just have come across no reason to believe the claims that religious people make. As a consequence for my skepticism, I have been persecuted. I have seen the polls that suggest people like me are the least trusted group in America. I feel ostracized and marginal. Living in a religiously conservative community, I have felt what it is like to be alone. It is our right to post billboards to let our closeted friends know they aren't alone. To deny us that is to deny us basic liberties which you clearly take for granted.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • maff

      LOL@falwell as satan! Yeah the principles of atheism and its cast of proponents do resemble a religion in a sense. I know they argue that... because they all think different stuff, but so do "religious" people. But what it really is, is humanism. Whether they admit it or not.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  14. Annaliesa

    I have no problem with outreach of any kind, but they certainly could have used a better choice of words for the billboards. Maybe, "Need a new point of view? Questioning your beliefs? We can help" or something equally cheesy and nicey-nice. I think throwing in the words "choice" and "myth" are inflammatory. Ultimately, we don't know what is true and not true. Maybe those Hindus are right, who knows. And many people are socialized to adhere to the religion in which they were raised (hence the billboards) – is it a choice to believe in a higher power, or is it a choice not to? Hm...

    Oh well. They have the right to put up those billboards. Atleast the religious leaders seem laid back about it.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • jonny

      Yeah, the two that they interviewed were laid back anyway. One question, how is the word "choice" inflammatory? Shouldn;t everyone have the freedom to make their own choices?

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

      Outreach? What is the Hope of the atheist? if there is nothing more than this life, why not do whatever you want?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Ellen Thompson

      I agree with you. They absolutely have the right to put up the billboards, but you would think they'd have a stronger message. The only thing they do is condemn others' beliefs.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • DrewNYC

      @Leo we hope for a better world. One absent of holy wars, holy hate, and holy violence. It's disturbing to me whenever someone says "Well if you don't believe in God or hell, then why don't you just do what you want and kill, ra_pe, and assault others if there is no afterlife?" That leads me to wonder when those who believe the question figure out that there is no God, will they actually resort to violence, or will they realize that you don't need a higher power to be moral like the rest of us?

      @Ellen The only thing we do? Really? No where in this article does it state that American Atheists are doing anything but reaching out to others.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Primewonk

      "I think throwing in the words "choice" and "myth" are inflammatory. "

      I drive past a billboard on the interstate here that has a large image of a dead Jesus hanging on a cross, with the wording "Don't Believe? You're going to Hell"

      Now should we discuss "inflammatory"?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  15. 4TrillionDollarsAgo

    Atheism = Bitter Religious group with Socrates their god, Plato as their prophet, Darwin as their Messiah and Science teachers as their priest.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • momoya

      Please stick with your religion. We don't want people that reason as you do.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Dr. Loomis

      People believe because they're afraid not to, take away the system of reward and punishment and see how many abandon their faith.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • ski2xs

      Sorry. . .they really don't have science teachers as priests. . they have the likes of anthropoligist and archeologist. . .you know, those that like to THINK themselves scientists . . . ROFL.

      I've never really met to many real scientists. . you know, CE's, EE's, Quantum phycisists, etc that were athiest.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Troy in Austin

      Ahhh so thats what we are? No, you see we do not need to be pigeon holed as religious sects do. We do not have to wear funny hats or talk to ourselves on our knees in order to feel better about life. We look at facts not fiction.
      And we don't KILL for our belief.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • ski2xs

      @Troy. . . So. . . Stalin, Mao. . . they didn't kill for theirs?? ROFL Try again!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • chromigula

      You should meet an atheist. You might find out that every part of what you just said is untrue.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Dr. Loomis

      @ ski2xs – Einstein? Not an atheist but referred to himself as an agnostic. Do you not consider him to be a "real" scientist either?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • chromigula

      @ski2xs

      Stalin and Mao might have been atheists, but their dictatorships were not founded upon that belief. Not saying that I agree with their regimes, but correlation does not equal causation.

      Point me to where either of them said anything like, "We are doing this BECAUSE we believe there is no god."

      March 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  16. Skeptic

    There is a very good reason atheists are not a majority, because it takes some intelligence to realize there is NO creator, and the majority of Americans can reach that point. It's not their fault. If it's not given to them, they can't have it.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • mikeb

      Actually there are very few atheists because not all monkeys turned into humans. Most of us came from God.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  17. Rick

    What's funny is that atheists can no more disprove this "myth" than I can prove the "myth" exists. They seem to be more obsessed with God than the rest of us. If you don't believe in something and it doesn't impact your life then why do you obsess over it?

    March 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • momoya

      The person putting forth the claim must prove the claim. Your argument is exactly like this one: Unicorns exist because you haven't disproved them.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • northern light

      Becuase we want to make sure it does not make it's way into schools and government.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • pat

      So same as unicorns?

      March 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • pat

      Momoya – you type fast.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • AcesFull

      The atheists obsession and agenda is quite interesting, why do they care so much what other people believe?

      March 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Steve

      Religion is in the fabric of our society and is to stay. Im I guess an athesit..Never really believed in labels, but find others of my belief or non belief lol are a bigger bunch of whiners and complainers then the religious folk.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Amistavia

      There's nothing funny here. Despite what religious nutters like you may think, there is no reason to try to disprove an outrageous claim.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • bajadelmar

      You're insane, how can you disprove something that's NEVER been proven??? The burden of proof of your magic sky fairy is all on xians.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Calvin

      Atheists are obsessed with their own b*tt holes.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • bajadelmar

      @AcesFull Obviously, because crazy xians care so much about brainwashing and controlling anyone that can get their hands on.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • ski2xs

      Awww. . . Momo. . . what? Can't prove abio??

      March 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • BubbaJones

      Circular argument. You can't prove the absence of something, it's a logical impossibility.

      Faith does imply not needing proof, but religious followers actually have a huge need for proof, particularly as the education level rises. Apparent "miracles" are viewed as concrete examples of proof, which oddly enough contradicts a "perfect" faith.

      Basically, the more that knowledge contradicts faith, the more substantiation and support religious beliefs will be needed. It's a hopeless spiral of need, that unfortunately is fed by televangelists and others.

      Another annoyance is the use of the term "secular". Secular implies the non-influence or acceptance of religious ideal on a subject. But you're right back to labeling the non-existence of something! You can't logically label something, that by definition, does not exist! "Secular" music is just music, end of story! There's no need for the label, it serves absolutely no logical purpose.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • YeahOk

      What would you like us to disprove next? Big Foot, Martians, Unicorns, Loch Ness Monster, etc...? It's not our job to disprove every, or any, delusional claim. The obsession comes from religious psychos trying to make us live by their rules by trying to control the government. I have no problem with you worshiping your myth, just keep it out of the government like our founding fathers wanted.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • David

      In reply to Rick.
      Atheists do not need to prove anything. You do not need to prove to me that you are not an alien. I need to prove that you are.
      You claim that the majority of Americans are religious and therefore atheists are the stupid ones. I think that statement proves the opposite.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  18. us1776

    Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to the human race.

    Religion has been responsible for more violence, human suffering and death than any other cause.

    .

    March 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Troy in Austin

      YUUUUUUP!

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

      @us1776,

      That's not only false, it's silly. You need to read a history book or two.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • BubbaJones

      Actually no, somehow a million posts ago (!), I illustrated how religion was "invented" to create a set of acceptable behaviors for the basically ignorant pre-Renaissance populace. Over the ages, religion has been twisted and used by those with an agenda to accomplish other goals, but generally speaking it's the basic "10 commandments" stuff for what was the hopelessly ignorant masses.

      The big problem is that it's all completely redundant in modern society. We have fairly good education system that teaches acceptable moral behavior (could be better, of course...), and we have a system of Justice that discourages, and in the end, punishes bad behavior.

      Religion no longer serves a useful purpose, other than to perhaps give some measure of comfort to the dying that there's somehow more after "lights-out". (In case you're wondering, you're just worm-food, just like every other organism that goes thought its life-cycle. Absolutely nothing special about humans compared to dolphins, monkeys, cat, dogs, or ants, other than our amazing ability for self-delusion!)

      March 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  19. Anon

    Ironically, most Abrahamic religion includes the belief that there will be those who attempt to outlaw religion. Some people simply choose not to believe, others are only satisfied by infringing on the rights of others in order to stop their beliefs... You do understand of course that this is a fulfillment of bible prophesy, regardless of whether or not one believes. I find that more than a bit ironic...

    March 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • sam

      Holy crap, are you still at it?

      March 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Anon

      Apparently you like me Sam... You came to me, remember that.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • CJ

      Not ironic at all. There were always people opposed to various religions and beliefs. This isn't new. This is no prophecy being fulfilled. This was just propoganda to keep the followers in line. "Don't let the damned pursuade you to join them". It's simple manipulation.

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

      It's pretty fascinating to check in hours later on a break and find you still beating the same bushes...

      March 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Anon

      Sam how is this your business? You have issues...

      March 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Alpa Chino

      idk, he's got a point, dude...some people hang around these boards way too long, spouting the same nonsense over and over. You on here all day, YOU got issues, 'anon'. lol

      March 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  20. James

    Sybaris,

    in lieu of your second comment, i never said that these are characteristics of Christians only. In fact, i make clear to note that I know atheism doesn't say "cause calamity and destruction of the world". And I completely subscribe to the notion that as a people would should be respectful of each other regardless or religion. Me, as a christian, and you, as an atheist; we disagree on what happens after death, but i think (from the comments you've posted) we share that on our limited time on earth we should do as much as we can to be respectful to one another.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
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