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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. jimtanker

    I have a challenge for all of you out there who believe in god and want to prove it to non-believers. Ask your entire congregation to pray for just one of our soldiers to regrow a lost limb. That is all. Just one person to regrow amputated limb. Or is your god not powerful enough for that? Is your god a prlck? Or do you not believe enough that he will do that for you? Or are you a bunch of WBC nutjobs that don’t want our soldiers to be able to play ball with their kids?

    March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • warmesTghosT

      "If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people"

      Believe it was Hugh Laurie that said that. Maybe as Dr. House, not sure.

      Very true though.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Imran Haq

      Jim has obviosuly experienced some difficulty in his life. Jim, I can pray all I want but I think maybe you need to start praying then maybe God will make a miracle for you.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • AdmrlAckbar

      You obviously know very little about that science you claim to believe in, or how scientific inquiry works...

      March 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Dean

      Jesus prayed to his Father that he could pass on the crucifixion. "Yet not mill will, but Yours be done." If God didn't spare his own Son from death, then he obviously isn't obligated to answer every prayer of ours in the manner we demand.

      God has the master plan. We don't.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • jimtanker

      I dont believe in any gods. This is a challenge for you religious nuts.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • jimtanker

      @Dean,

      Supposedly jesus was god so he was praying to himself while he sacrificed himself to himself knowing that he would go to paradise for eternity. Dont you see how F'n stupid this is?

      Jesus had a bad weekend for your sins.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Lord of Hosts

      II'd like to grow a larger member !

      March 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • 4TrillionDollarsAgo

      Athiests = Bitter religious group with Socrates as their god, Plato as their prophets, Darwin as their messiah and Science teachers as their priests. Educate yourself --> http://youtu.be/hHoZTedp5e4

      March 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      We are educated – it is one of the reasons we are atheists and not still believing childish tribal myths.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Primewonk

      @ Dean – your bible also says that if you have faith and pray for something, it will happen.

      Theists are always talking about how god answered their prayer. Yet god never cures an amputee. Does this mean that no amputee – over the course of history – has had enough faith in your god to be healed?

      Heck, even Newts and starfish get cured and get new limbs. Do starfish have more faith than humans?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  2. momoya

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urlTBBKTO68&w=640&h=360]

    March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Thanks for posting that!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  3. wisdom4u2

    Satan is alive and well on planet earth!!! Remember when he was trying to convince the people that God was dead? Well, that didn’t work, so now he comes up with these signs, which is sort of sad, but truly laughable! Peace out.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • warmesTghosT

      It's 2012 and you still believe in demons and devils and ghosts and witches and magic?

      What a child you are. God is just the adult version of Santa.

      Wake up.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • jimtanker

      I'll say this again, you have NO evidence what so ever for your position. NONE. You are the one living a lie.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • HeroicSlug

      Wisdom has it right, I saw the devil at the deli yesterday.

      He was eating a sandwich MADE OF BABIES.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Satan is alive and well on planet earth!!! "

      There is no proof of a satan or of a god. Your cult has you brainwashed making you completely delusional. You should seek professional help before you end up in the loony bin.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      LOL! Thank you three ....for proving my point. lol

      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      You clowns are dumber than demons…even they know their Creator and believes in Him.

      “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” James 2:19

      "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!" Matthew 8:29

      You’d all do well to learn from those demons….that you don’t believe in.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "You clowns are dumber than demons…even they know their Creator and believes in Him"

      There is no evidence of demons or your god so your a clown and pretty dumb to believe in your delusional cult.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @YeahRight ~~~

      It's 'you're', not 'your'....okay? So, who's 'dumb'?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • HeroicSlug

      There is precisely as much evidence that I saw Lucifer the Fallen Angel of Light, at the deli eating the Preemie Special as there is for the existence of Yahweh, Allah, and Thor.

      That is to say, there is no evidence. There is only testimony related by an individual or a group. In the case of the latter three, testimony that has been through a series of translations and lost much of its original meaning.

      So.. it's more likely that I saw... the devil eating a babyburger?

      Man, you have to believe something crazy for that statement to be true.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @HeroicSlug/Beelzebub ~~~~ AHHH….Your comments alone shows evidence of demonic- oppression…..helloooo! You probably need to get 'blessed'....fo real though.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Primewonk

      "I saw the devil at the deli yesterday.He was eating a sandwich MADE OF BABIES."

      How the hell does your deli get fresh dead baby when it isn't even in season? All we get is that fake processed dead baby subst.itute – a poor imitation.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  4. Imran Haq

    Atheists have never experienced birth otherwise there is no way they could not believe in GOD. WHAT A MIRACLE. Athiests out there you are losing out on a lot of time and prayers. Wasting your time on not believing and putting up stupid signs. This world is coming to an end soon. God help you non-believer.

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

      God, save me from your followers.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Imran Haq

      Dream on. You'd have to change in a hurry.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • MagFlare

      My wife and I are both atheists. Our son turned three last December.

      WHOOPS

      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Lord of Hosts

      Mark your calendar for December 21,2012. The end is near

      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • YeahOk

      Why waste so much time on prayer, building churches, etc, for a god that does not exist? I prefer to spend life living in the reality.

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

      You got to love the End is Near crowd...been saying that for 2000 plus years. I wonder when we reach 5000 if there will be any christians still around or will christianity take its proper place next to Greek Gods and myths lol. I am sure there will still be foolish people licing in fear and believing in myths then

      March 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Athiests out there you are losing out on a lot of time and prayers."

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • TheSchmaltz

      "WHAT A MIRACLE"

      A miracle is something amazing for which there is no rational explanation. We know quite a bit about childbirth and all the steps leading up to it. We perform it fairly reliably on a regular basis. Now that doesn't take any of the wonder and beauty out of it, but Miracle is a word so overused that it stops having meaning.

      So often a person goes in for surgery, and when the patient recovers the family says "it's a miracle!". No, it's the doctor accomplishing what he set out to do. If the patient just sat up in bed and was cured before he started, that would be a miracle.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  5. Mark

    all of u, Athiest are gulliable!! God is Real!!! Devil are laughing at all of Athiest to not believe in God.

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

      You have absolutely NO evidecne that your view is correct. NONE. You are the one that is living a lie.

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

      I agree the Devil is laughing and he is getting just what he wants the non believers souls.

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

      If you are serious, please prove the existance of the Devil?

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

      Or do you simply have faith in the Devil?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • AlexK

      Jews don't believe in the devil.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • QS

      Mark here is a perfect example of my comment below.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • CJ

      The compassion and serenity of the believers on full, self centered display – believe....or you'll be sorry!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • HeroicSlug

      The educated are laughing at you, for not believing in writing correctly.

      Speeling and Gramrar are impertinent.

      I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • An

      Jimtanker – You have absolutely NO evidence to refute the claim either....NONE

      March 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  6. 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 they are still doing the same thing that religious people did in the past.

    Even if the outcome is less drastic than in the past, non-believers are still regarded in today's society as "less" somehow; again, just because religious people can't grasp that a person need not believe in a god to be a good person. Unfortunately, religion indoctrinates people to believe just the opposite...that those who don't believe will spend eternity in hell.

    To me, the biggest problem with the religious isn't that they believe in something I happen to not, it's that they are brought up to believe that believing in god is obligatory and that they are never given a choice as children...it's "believe, or you're a bad person".

    March 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  7. RJA

    I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

    ~ Stephen F. Roberts

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

      I've used that argument many times, but never knew it had been put so eloquently by someone. Thanks for the post.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  8. Dana

    I pray that all you non believers will come to your senses before you die. If you don't, when your time comes to stand before the one and only Judge you will wish you made a different choice in life and the way you lived your life. I know my comment will be blasted but I don't care. I am not ashamed of my God and it is my Christian duty to spread the word of His love and the love I have for Him. May God bless you all!

    March 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • RJA

      "I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

      ~ Stephen F. Roberts

      March 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Joe T.

      What happens if you picked the wrong God or you aren't worshipping exactly as God wants you to do? I hope for your sake you chose correctly then.

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

      Go ahead and pray for me. I'll THINK for you.

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

      A different choice in life? I'm an atheist, but that hasn't stopped me from volunteering my time at homeless shelters and contributing to organizations that are doing a lot of good in this world. Like every other atheist, we're plenty capable of being good without god. What can you say that you've done other than come on the internet to judge others (something your bible says you shouldn't do, by the way) whom you don't even know? You don't have to be ashamed of your god, but you should certainly be ashamed of yourself.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Fear of divine retribution is not a very noble basis for faith.
      Should I fear the judgement of Saint Peter more than Joseph Smith's?
      What is Maat finds my heart heavier than a Shu feather?
      Perhaps I should endavour to die in battle so that I can get to Valhalla...

      March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • An

      @jimtanker – you don't have to be insulting when you share your opinion....It's your choice to believe what you wish but don't insult everyone else in the process....Just remember that there's so much that your "thinking" brain can't explain and as a "thinker" you shouldn't dismiss anything just because you have no proof. At one point in time, we didn't have proof of many things that ended up being true nonetheless.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  9. Rafi

    For being so opinionated, they aren't very thorough in their research. It's possible to be Jewish and be an atheist at the same time. [See Spinoza]. Lumping Jews together with Muslims and Christians is just sloppy. Jews have no Heaven/Hell, and don't kill people for not converting. Unfortunately, because of the fevered religious climate between Muslims and Christians, some Jews are getting outspoken in their rigor, but that's just symptomatic of the general nuttyness in the air.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Fred Astaire

      Well, I think they did when they went looking for the Holy Land. A lot of jews killed non-believers on the way to the promised land.

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

      Yes, they did long ago. And they recorded it in the Torah [Bible] as a cautionary tale, instead of trying to hide it.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • 4TrillionDollarsAgo

      What's beyond sloppy about your comment is that you've mentioned Spinoza who was shunned by the Jewish community for his outbursts which came from his past bitterness of his upbringing. There is no such thing as a Jew/athiests. You are either, OR. No in between. Spinoza was bitter, as the vast majority of these Athiests; sadly to say.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  10. whatever

    Atheists are getting as bad as missionaries and evangelicals.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  11. Matthew Petersen

    Sorry, if someone does not want to upset anyone, they don't start a billboard saying
    "You Know It's A Myth..."

    I don't mind one bit about the billboards, but there ARE better ways you can advertise and approach the subject if your not trying to inflame anyone........

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

      We can do without all the christian billboards too then.
      No, wait, they're okay, right?
      ?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  12. MCO

    Man without god is like a fish without a bicycle.

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

      hahahahaha!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  13. jacob

    yay atheists who act as dumb as some religious people, this restores my faith in the universal balance

    March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  14. Glenn

    My opinion is that the human race will never abandon theism and atheism. One is a product of ignorance and one of knowledge and both will be in infinite supply as long as we have finite life spans and share cultural knowledge. We just need to get along with each other in the mean time. I don't provoke my religious friends and relatives and they don't provoke me. Do unto others eh?

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

      No, ome day we will outgrow these silly religions and the human race can finally move forward and advance at a pace that we should have a long time ago.

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

      I think our psychological need to believe in an afterlife combined without our inability to know everything about the universe will cause us to recreate God even if we did manage to temporarily "kill" him. Maybe if we become immortal and all knowing, one day in the far future, then God will truly die.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  15. Nii Croffie

    Atheists still don't get it. when the Chinese atheists persecute other faiths it makes you look so bad that even atheists will take their chances among Jews, Christians and Moslems. Planting billboards in religious ghettoes don't make u shine either. Christians won't do that. Theres plenty of space.

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

      Actually I like seeing that. I like hearing about that stupid dude in Iran who is going to get his head lopped off soon too. Just that many less religious nuts in the world.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Hmm that is what Nero thought too. Xtianity is a religion of sacrifice. Temporal death is inconsequential. Eternal life n immortality is what counts. Hope u don't cry out 4 dose who attempt 2 put up de billboard. I heard de last time it was a slap. Driveby is next! The police don't stay put 4ever.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Nii, you are too stupid to understand that atheists do not want to persecute anyone – you are free to believe whatever you like -we fully support freedom of speech an religion. It's not atheists in China that are persecuting believers – it's the Chinese government – and they're doing it to maintain control over the Chinese population, not to further some imagined international atheist agenda. And what the Chinese government is doing is no worse than what several theocracies around the world are doing and what assholes like Rick Santorum would do in the USA if given the chance – none of which is supported by atheists.

      PS: how are you doing with proving that god exists? Seems to me you claimed a few articles back that you had definitive proof yet I don't recall seeing same. Perhaps railing against atheists, you should establish a foundation for your mythology.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  16. rex

    The sooner people realize these fairy tales aren't real and stop killing each other and starting wars over them, maybe we won't need as many charities.

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

      I really don't see the connection at all. Charity will always be needed. It doesn't matter if you believe in Hashem the Almighty or not, there will always be poor and those who are well off. As if Communism, Nazism, Fascism, ideologies which denied G_d's existence were terribly charitable at all.

      Ideologies, religious, political, or otherwise can be hijacked and used as a basis for hurting or murdering people. Religion has no monopoly on that you fool.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      killing people who believe in fairy tales is your objective or what? The process of weeding out religion has not progressed much. Materialism is a stronger religion.

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

      @rzzzll

      I think the point he was trying to make is that if an omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent being existed, he/she/it would not allow evil things to happen. One would expect that kind of a being to intercede and stop evil, whatever form that evil took.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  17. HeroicSlug

    Don't you theists believe that:

    A) your god exists
    B) your god is omnipotent
    C) suffering exists

    If you hold these three tenets to be factual, I don't see how you can reconcile them and not reach the conclusion that your god is a terrible thing.

    If you a guy stand there and do nothing while someone beat up an old lady... wouldn't you agree that guy was immoral?

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

      Yes it would be immoral to anyone who truly believed and practiced the faiths. IN FACT ALL OF OUR FAITHS TELL US THAT ISN'T RIGHT SO WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT WE WHO ARE RELIGIOUS AND GOOD WOULD STAND BY AND LET SOMEONE HURT ANOTHER IN THE FIRST PLACE!

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

      oh wow all caps it must be true.

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

      rzzzll, your god does it a dozen times every day.

      It could intervene (so you claim), and yet it does not.

      By your own words, your god is doing something "not right" and is not "good".

      March 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • sam

      All caps = srs bsns!

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

      rizzzllle, your deity stands by and allows suffering to occur,

      March 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • nightsun2k7

      to rzzzll – you don't see that your god does that thousands and thousands of times everyday?? stands back and watches as horrors occur right in front of him/her and does nothing

      March 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  18. Mary

    Good, it is about time atheists focus on other religions. So far, Christianity has been taking the full brunt.

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

      That's only because 80% of the people in the US claim to be xtian.

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

      The world's most persecuted majority, right?

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

      @jimtanker, atheists should stop discriminating the 20% minority. 🙂

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

      The majority of people pushing their silly beliefs on my are Christians, so they get the majority of my ire.

      I have some serious issues with Buddhist philosophy, but they don't push it on me. Even if I went up to them picking a fight, they'd probably listen, disagree, then move on with their day and wish me well. I have a lot of respect for them, even though I think they're wrong.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  19. 4TrillionDollarsAgo

    Maybe the Muslims, Jews and Christians should quit fighting and focus on Athiesm.

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

      Yes, fight unbelievers.

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

      Yes, all these peacefull religions fighting and killing each other. It's time to start killing some other people.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • 4TrillionDollarsAgo

      I said focus, but I'm sure there's a few extremists out there. Quick. Someone hand them the memo.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  20. rzzzll

    That money they spent on those two ridiculous billboards could have gone to something positive like a charity. Oh right atheists don't have a charity.

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

      Well, we thought about building this massive, billion dolalr structure with marble, glass, gold, and other precious materials, but that seemed stupid.

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

      Many atheists donate to charity. Believing in a supreme being is not a requirement to being compassionate and donating to worthy causes.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Phil

      There are hundreds of charities that we give money to. Just because we're atheists doesn't mean we are not caring individuals.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • jimtanker

      Boy are you F'n stupid. There are quite a few secular charities out there. And guess what? Most of the money goes to the people who need it. It doesn’t get sucked up into a church run by pedophiles.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • MagFlare

      American Humanist Association, Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort, Atheist Relief Fund, Secular Center USA, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Atheists Helping the Homeless, Fellowship of Freethought, Foundation Beyond Belief, etc., etc.

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

      What a dumb thing to say. Not all charities are based around religion, or a belief in God. I don't need the concept of a magical being to know I should help my fellow man. It's just the right thing to do. I don't need "God" to tell me that. Atheist does not equal a lack of morals or ethics.

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

      Smarter than you jack @ss to notice that atheist fanatics are no better than religious fanatics when they shove their ideas down everyone's throats. That billboard money could have gone to something positive, not denigrating other people's beliefs. SHAME ON YOU ALL.

      You atheists are just as haughty and condescending as any religious proselytizer, no better at all.

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

      You are just cute as the dickens with your complete lack of reality.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Nativist

      Woah, there, rzzzll... are you saying it is inappropriate to post one's ideas in public fora... in big letters... like you did in this comment thread? Or is it just that your ALLCAPS aren't as big as these billboards, so your declarations are more, what, humble, than theirs?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • nightsun2k7

      lol....you're so funny, perhaps you could get the Vaticon (misspelled on purpose) to give all their money to charity, why do they need it? god will provide everything they need......right?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Mulehead

      Wrong – How about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill is a non-believer – so is Warren Buffett. How many billions of dollars have you donated?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
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