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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. Troy in Austin

    What bugs me the most about religion is ........... If you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or other is because MAMA TOLD YOU SO.
    Thats it, thats all, if you are born to a religious household THAT is what you ARE! You have no choice, and after indoctrination
    you will now kill or die for your mothers misconception! Very stupid.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • ski2xs

      Actually Troy, I was raised in an agnostic household. .

      Try again

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

      That is the most ignorant assumption I have come across in a long time. You assume people who do believe in a faith, whatever it may be, dont have any once of intellect, which is pretty stupid on your end. People turn to a faith for all kinds of reasons, and they come from all kinds of backgrounds, some were atheists who became christians, christians who became Muslim, Muslims who became Christian..etc. If you want to call people ignorant, at least try and not be ignorant yourslef

      March 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Joe T.

      Troy is a little off. In most cases though, the religion people associate with is based off of what they were raised in. This is a fact. Conversion is not a normal thing.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Leo

      I wasn't raised in a Christian home, but God revealed himself to through his creation and then his word, and then when I believed in him, he gave me an awsome life and a releationship with him and many others that believe as I do for we love one another and try to help others find the truth that has hope not despair.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Anon

      Conversion is a very normal thing. It happens all the time.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Mick

      Completely false.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Troy in Austin

      @vmprophet, There are always exceptions, some people do make a choice later in life. The fact you believe in the contradictory "sky god" is the real ignorance.
      Come on, you have to admit most religion is based on the same "sky god" and yet you ALL believe whatever you want, and go around killing in the name of him. I'll say it again ... VERY STUPID.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  2. Rogers

    ?????????????

    March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  3. rzzzll

    ATHEISTS! You are no better than any other religion or belief or political ideology shoving its ideas down everyone's throats. NO BETTER AT ALL. Hashem the Almighty I believe, not your insane baseless beliefs. Yes, NOT BELIEVING in G-d is still a BELIEF.

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

      Like not believing in unicorns is a belief.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • pat

      So you admit that religion is being stuffed down my throat?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • ski2xs

      @Momo,

      Like being naive is a field of study? ROFL

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

      we tell the truth and your religon lies... yep thats not any better at all

      March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • ski2xs

      @Pat,

      ROFL. . . well. . . .just don't swallow! BWAH!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • ski2xs

      Okay. . that was bad. But seriously, you choose what you want to put in your own mouth. This is the US. . not Iran.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • AnonymousLad

      Saying atheism is a belief is akin to saying bald is a hair color.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • ski2xs

      @anon,

      It's not a non-belief. . it's not the absence of a belief.

      What are you trying to say? That being bald is akin to having no head? ROFL

      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  4. mikeb

    Athiests have apes as their creator. Unlike the rest of us God fearing humans.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • sam

      Yeah...it's the 'fearing' that makes you so special.

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

      "Unlike the rest of us God fearing humans"

      No, you are a decent of a ape too but you're cult has you brainwashed.

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

      "Athiests have apes as their creator. Unlike the rest of us God fearing humans."

      At least there is evidence of us evolving from apes what is your evidence your god even exists...NADA!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Mr. Reality

      The apes didn't create us athesits, we just came from them just like you and all other religious primates that can type.
      Little narrow minds like you should look up the facts.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • pat

      Neanderthal DNA has been found in modern humans, proving the theory that our ancestors breed with the other human species.

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

      I lol'd.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • ski2xs

      @MrMr. . .

      Let's see if that purple micro-dot opened up some extra special level of science then. . .Can you explain abiogenesis? I mean. . .going back BEYOND already complex atomic structure? 🙂

      March 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Primewonk

      " Athiests have apes as their creator"

      This is actually true for all of us. My creators are my mother and father. They, like all humans, ARE apes. Specifically, we are great apes, along with orangutans, gorillas, and chimps/bonobos.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Mr. Reality

      @ ski2xs
      (...abiogenesis...) I must admit I had to look that one up.
      I was going to see my buddy tonite...So I'll make sure to fasten the mental seatbelt when I go beyond to that extra level.
      I'll let you know maybe tomorrow or the next day.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  5. vmprophet

    Im all for freedom of religion, Im not an Atheist but hey if you want to be an Atheist more power to you, doesnt affect me so more power to you. HOWEVER, when you sit there and complain about people trying to make you believe in God, and throwing religion in your face, which you should rightly complain about no one should try and make you believe anything, you lose all credibility when you try and do the same and force your believe on other people.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  6. pherz

    Hopefully Muslims decide to blow this company up or assassinate its leader 🙂

    March 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Save Us Jeebus!

      Nice. I assume you're a Christian....so I guess I really don't expect much.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  7. Commenter

    Let's just put up blank billboards all over the place and let the real "God" write on them...

    Actually, the moon is probably large enough for about 10 days each month... primed and ready for flashing neon notes, which would of course be understandable in *every* language.

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

      That's what the cross is for. Understandable in every language, or no language at all. And as plain as a neon sign.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Commenter

      Dean,

      You mean even the never-contacted-by-humans tribes, like the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island (and others like them around the world), would understand this + sign???

      March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  8. HeroicSlug

    In an effort to help clear things up:

    I am without god. I am not with "no god". That would be a double negative

    The assertion that Atheism is a belief is the philosophical equivalent of a double negative.

    It is the lack of belief.

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

      Yet it is a belief that they are right and there is no God...Its a BS, atheists are just as messed as religious folk.. Atheists in many cases are even worse.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Save Us Jeebus!

      To Steve. There are just as many messed up believers as non-believers. And at least atheists aren't responsible for jihads, the Crusades, the Inquisition or the Salem witch trials (and burnings). How's your group doing, Steve? Burned anything you hate lately?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • ski2xs

      @Save Us,

      No. . but we can attribute the mass murders of Stalin, Mao, etc. there, eh?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Primewonk

      @ski – again, Stalin, Mao, etc., did not kill because they were atheists. The killed because they were power-hungry despots. You might as well say that Stalin killed because he was right-handed. Therefore, right-handed people are evil.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  9. smarterthandave

    if you could reason with religous people, there wouldn't be any

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

      There is absolutely no difference between atheists and religious people...same BS

      March 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • smarterthandave

      steve just proved my point.. nice reason DA

      March 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  10. Happy Christian

    Demeaning someone for their beliefs or faith by saying it is a myth makes you an insecure person that is unsure of your own belief so you try to rally support for your opinion. There are many people that don’t believe in God and it always leads to them not being happy with their life or needing proof because they were taught in school without proof it can’t be real. Just like you say “it’s a myth”, I want to say “Who pee’d in your cornflakes?” You can’t prove religion is a myth and we don’t need to prove its not. That’s why it is referred to as faith. I have faith in my religion and you don’t. If you don’t believe there is a God you had better be right. If there isn’t and Heaven doesn’t exist, people of faith die knowing they lead a good wholesome life as you claim you do also. If Heaven does exist we have great things to look forward to , and you will, at best, just be dead, game over, or maybe, just maybe the Bible is correct about hell also. looking into the eyes of a newborn child is proof enough for me that God exists.

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

      ahhh, the old lake of fire if your wrong threat... thats a good way to get people to believe in your god

      the world is not flat
      the earth is not the center of the universe
      apollo doesnt drive the sun across the sky everyday
      the other gods arent real either

      If you need adult santa clause (jesus) to do the right thing then you need more help than religon can offer.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • LAKE OF FIRE

      GET IN ME

      March 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Happy Christian

      Ahhhh In our faith Its not a threat, It's a promise!

      March 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  11. Truthbetold

    Anyone who thinks they have it all figured out is quite laughable. Such a huge universe....and we barely know any of it, even after all these years. These atheists are just as pathetic as the bible thumpers who claim to know it all.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Steve

      No one knows anything.... when we kick we will maybe or maybe not.... As someone who doesnt really buy into the religious stuff, sure gotta hope iM right or I might have one tough eternity....But then again all my friends are gonna be there...

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

      It does call for a certain amount of arrogance, to be absolutely sure you know the truth...

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

      The problem with your assumption is that you think atheists make a positive statement about anything. Which they don't. Lacking a belief is not some positive statement wherein they "know" something. Claiming a god exists is absolutely a positive statement of false knowledge, but saying we can't know, don't know, and that we as an individual don't have enough evidence to make a positive statement on any gods existance, that's a rational position to take.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • pat

      If I were on trial, I would hope the jury is made up of people who only accept proof, not the kind that believe something on faith.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Atheists don't claim to know it all.
      Most atheists are ardent supporters of the quest to attain more knowledge so that we may begin to try and comprehend the vastness of the universe.
      I DO have an article of personal faith, which is that while many things are unknown, nothing is ultimately unknowable.
      It is the religious who claim to have all the answers. They know what happens after death, they know the origins of all life, the Universe and everything – the ultimate answer for anything they don't understand is "Goddidit".
      If what God done did seems contradictory, then He works in mysterious ways and it isn't man's place to ask questions.

      Any deity that demands obsequious submission and the willing cessation of rational inquiry isn't a very nice God!.
      Remember that the Original Sin for which all of manking is forever punished is curiosity and gaining knowledge.

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

      That would also pertain to you.. Who also claims to 'know it all'. Good luck with that.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Harry

      Yes we are called agnostics, and we are as correct as can be!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  12. 3N1Amen

    "William Demuth

    Huh?

    Many things, most especially time, will prove us correct.

    Your God shall go where all the previous Gods went, into a well deserved oblivion.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm "

    My God is alive and well. All other gods are dead. My God arose from the dead after being crucified on the cross. He didn't stay dead!

    And yes, time will tell when He comes back.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • 3N1Amen

      When He comes back!! EVERY knee will bow...EVERY knee shall confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!!!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • 3N1Amen

      Ooops...that would be EVERY tongue shall confess!! 🙂

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

      No, I'm pretty sure you got it right the first time, with the knee...that makes about as much sense as anything else you've posted.

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

      Jesus=ripoff of the Egyptian god Horus.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Todd, you have no idea what you are talking about.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  13. Eno Tneicsinmo Eht

    Morality and theology are not mutually exclusive and unfortunately those who are religious predomninatly seem to think so. We can all agree that being moral and ethical is a good thing – everyone can accept that premise – religious or otherwise. Belief and faith in a diety is a choice – right, wrong or indifferent. Conversely, not believing or having faith in a diety is a choice – right, wrong or indifferent. Do not hate, discard, discount or chastise me because I do or don't believe in a deity. Depending on your stance, the truth will set you free or put a big ole' lump in your throat. Theology was a social construction of reality purposely linked with morality in order to gain wide-ranging acceptance and to unify the masses thousands of years ago. Prior to the known monotheistic religions it was pretty chaotic and a brutal life. We're just luckly to have the zip code we do within our solar system which is able to support complex organisims as we know them on this planet. What if Constantine didn't have his vision of a cross on the Melvian bridge (312) and subsequent embracement of Christianity? Answer: He was more likely battle weary, dehydrated and simply saw a cruxifix hanging in the air as a halucination and, had Constantine (and the wealth & power of an empire) not embraced Christianity as he did it would be nothing like it is today. Consequently, the knuckleheads at the Council of Nicea (325) wouldn't have cobbled together a rag tag story book full of holes. It's truly amazing – it's been the wool over humanities eyes for so long while simultaneously bringing us together – at least two thousand years ago it brought us together but that is clearly changing now. Along the way there have been some pretty horrific issues with theology (war, crusades, more war, etc) Anyway, the answer is no, I do not believe in any kind of omniscient deity or theological system but I don't push it out on people either. Let's be realistic, if you're not with the majority you are the minority and that can hurt you in many ways in the modern day (politically, economically, socially, etc) if your just trying to scratch out a decent living. If one takes the i'm-not-religious stance it's generally way too uncomfortable for most people to bear who practice some theological system. Good heavens – knock the system and you must be immoral right? No, not at all. Sure, there are plenty of immoral nut bags out there who happen to not practice some theological system but there are just as many who do. It's an endless debate.....correction – the debate could be ended – hopefully sooner than later. For cryin' out loud – let's just be good people and all get along.

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

      Atheism and morality are certainly mutually exclusive. In the atheist world, there's no reason or meaning to our existent. There's no purpose to it and no purpose in having an objective moral foundation. We live meaningless times for a very short time then rot all alone on this floating rock in this gigantic, dark, cold universe. There is no right or wrong, no good or evil. You do whatever you do and I do whatever I do. Rapists and murderers are no worse than those that volunteer at homeless shelters. It's all meaningless in a world without God.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  14. wisdom4u2

    I’ll say it again; If the tobacco company can’t display the truth, then why should the fools be allowed to put up ‘graphic images’ of PURE IGNORANCE ….and at it’s best?!! That is truly a double standard.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  15. MrHanson

    How can atheists waste so much time on this effort when there are thousands of elderly dying in nursing homes without being converted? How can you let this atrocity happen? You should be spending most of your efforts converting those nearing the ends of their lives. Especially those silly Christians who's only hope is in their faith. They need to understand that when they die, they will cease to exist for eternity. They need to be shown how "science" has proved the universe has no meaning or purpose. Only when they understand that, they can die in peace knowing that they are an intellectually fullfilled atheist. Atheism is the only hope we have for humanity.

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

      So religion is a fib we use to comfort the dying? I knew it!

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

      I hope you're joking

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

      Then ask yourself why churches spend money on billboards and political campaigns, rather than following the example of Jesus to help those in need. Ask your church why they spend money on *anything* other than that.

      Physician, heal thyself. And remember that it was the rationalists who gave us vaccines and antibiotics, not the church.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • sam

      @Truthbetold – no, he thinks he's being wickedly sarcastic, but mostly he's just boring.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Dean

      So you say that the universe has no meaning or purpose. Yet you say that atheism gives hope. Hope in nothingness. If it's true, then you and I have no meaning, no purpose, and no value. Therefore, there is no such thing as hope.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Joe T.

      It has been shown based off of surveys that atheists fear death less than religious people.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  16. pat

    If you wanted to offend religion with a billboard you would show a collage of ped-o-phile priest mug shots or Jesus riding a mastodon or just show mohammed eating a sandwich. Can I say Zeus is a myth? That's OK though.

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

      I drew a nice pic of Mohammed as a poker card. The M of Crescent Moons. He's holding an AK47 and wearing bombs.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • MrHanson

      How a about a picture of Eric Harris wearing a t-shirt that says “Natural Selection!"

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  17. MidwestBoy72

    I hate when they lump atheists and agnostics together. Atheism has become it's own organized religion. I don't want an atheist forcing their beliefs down anyone's throat anymore than I want a christian or muslim forcing their beliefs on anyone. As far as the billboards... if they want to spend money on a sign, let them. Don't like it? Don't read it.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  18. GetOverIt

    These signs aren't saying you are forbidden to believe in imaginary beings. They're saying you aren't alone if you're rational.

    Atheists like myself push because we are constantly pushed by the religious. Christian Conservatives try to push religiously based laws. Laws telling me how to live based on your religious beliefs. That alone is enough for me to push back.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • dogs2?

      Really? Someone pushed you and forced you to interact with them on a given subject? Most of the time I've found it's pretty mutual between the 2 sides as to who is doing the pushing – both. So your a little man like them huh? Not surprised.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  19. Noocrat

    So the question keeps coming, why do we do it? Why do we care? Why do we "pick on you" religious people?

    Like everything in life, it's quite complex, but here are a few reasons:

    1. It's our way of acting out. As such, we're the least trusted minority in the country, more so than Muslims and Gays.
    2. Like the creator of the billboards said, some of us are afraid to come out because of how society reacts to us. In some cases, it's just not acceptable and it's important for people to know that they aren't alone.
    3. For previously mentioned reasons, we aren't electable. So again, it's an unfortunate necessity that we unite and act as a group like religions, corporations, or unions do to exert our power in the political realm. As such, this also emboldens our base.
    4. Why do we want to be involved politically? Imagine for a moment that Congress and the Presidency were controlled primarily by Scientologists or Muslims. We take it a step further and share those concerns for all religions. We question how policy is being made when the established separation of church and state is only loosely upheld.
    5. Some of us do go the missionary/church route and legitimately do want to help you. We think you've been deceived into believing a fairy tale and are literally trying to "free" your mind and get you to think critically. If nothing else, we will challenge you, to force you to think critically for that moment about your faith even if you never do it again.

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

      *yawn*

      Okay.

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

      Its plain pathetic... suck it up. I gotta believe you must believ some if you feel you need to try so hard to disprove it.

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

      Nice.
      Oh, and quoting scripture written by bronze-age L. Ron Hubbard doesn't change our view. Why don't I believe in your God? Why don't you believe in Zeus, Shiva, or Ra?

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

      Atheists how did we all get here? Do you really believe that life came from non life? I can see how you would hope so, but has it ever been proven? If it is not proven is not your belief a myth that takes faith?

      You look at a watch and you can see clearly that is was designed and then you look at the complexity of life and you say random chance. And then you will claim you are the smart ones?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  20. Steve

    Well Im not a believer...but I dont believe in labels so im not an athesit Im a human being who is trying to live the dream. I do feel I need to reach out to the ones who hold my belief or non belief LOL in God to simply realize that religion is not going anywhere and an attack on the religious only appears pathetic. If you dont believe...who cares, if you do, who cares... There are more that do and religion is sewn in the fabric of our society so get used to it, and shut up. Athesim is a religion, its a club to and non belief is the membership that is why i dont carry that label. You knock on my door, or put religion in my court house or school then fine, most aspects are pretty positive it aint hurting me or anyone else. Leave it alone.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
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