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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. Mr Everyman

    God, the Awesome One, Yahweh is a spirit, not physical. Proof is not possible. Proof may be possible for dark matter, dark energy or, the Higgs Boson particle (God particle). They are physical. We know the spiritual dimension only through experiences in feelings that it is there. Abraham was guided by the tribal law or tradition of sacrificing the first born son to the tribal diety. He recieved a feeling or Spirit that this was wrong. His son was saved. a lamb was sacrificed instead. A Spirit of forgiveness, fairness and, our limitedness should prevade our actions. That is the path of slavation, the highest conscienciousness or enlightment. Saving your spirit or soul is a power of the Awesome One, the Messiah. If you live in this sense of existence, you know the sense of peace and salvation of the Awesome One revealed through Jesus. With no contact with the name or writtings about Jesus, salvation still happens. With contact salvation is more possible. Jesus died on a cross. His friends took him down and buried him. scripture records a spearing to make sure he was dead. Instead of recording death, scripture records live as still present. Jesus gave up his spirit while on the cross. Today, we call this a flat lining or clinical death with an out of body experience. Three days later he sat up in the tomb. The disputed shroud shows blood stains of a man sitting up and turning. Two men dressed in white robes came to him. They may have been Essenes, members of Jesus's religious community. Mary Magdalene met with Jesus briefly before he went with the men in white robes. Jewish and Roman authorities would try to kill him again if he was discovered. Jesus went to Heaven. His religious community hid him in a kind of witness protection of that era. Writings outside the New Testament say he lived 19 or more years after resurrection. His second tomb has been found. Through Jesus we experience the Messiahship of Elah, the Awesome One.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • YeahOk

      You have a lot of talking points about something you said there is no proof of.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Patrick

      I would argue that we only know the spiritual world through myth and delusion.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  2. ferisbueller

    All I have to say is God Bless these guys!!! haha!!! Good work!! Spread your message!!! We all know the crazy's on the Christian right spread theres in a similar fashion.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  3. Udo

    Why does the billboard have to be so confrontational? How do athiests KNOW there is no god? That's just as faith-based as believing there is one. The billboard should be along the lines of "If you have doubts, come have a discussion with us to hear another point of view". Instead, they're cramming THEIR belief in a lack of God down the throats of others. It's just as bad as what the Evangelicals are doing.

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

      We never said we "know" there is no god, we just have said nobody has ever proven one.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Phil

      Science tells us there isn't one. Just as science has shown everyone that other gods didn't exist. The "one true god" that everyone believes they know so personally is also slated for erasure...it's only a matter of time.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Udo

      @YEahoK: The billboard says "You KNOW it's a myth....
      How does anyone KNOW that? Athiests may believe that, but there is no scientific proof. It's just as bad as Christians believing in God without proof. That's my beef with this billboard. It's Athiests pretending to KNOW the answer. There is no scientific proof either way.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Udo

      @Phil. You are stating a belief, not a scientific proof. How does science prove that no god exists? We may be able to explain the workings of the sun to some degree scientifically, but the origins of the universe are still wide open – just unproven theories so far. The problem I have with athiests is that, although they state that they believe in science, they don't apply it properly. In order to disprove something, you need a rigorous scientific test, not a belief.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Patrick

      AS an atheist, I do agree that these seem confrontational. There may be some rationalization in that they address the "myth" rather than Yahweh, Allah, Vishnu, etc directly. But it does smack a bit of hubris in that we only know some of it to be myth, and we can't say anything on the supernatural elements any more than we can say about the reality of Santa Clause or a Hades rules by Pluto.
      There are better examples of Humanist, Atheist and secular billboards. I like the series that said "I can be good without god."

      It is tough. We feel persecuted and degraded because of our lack of beliefs. For many, there is anger from years of religious abuse, namely indoctrination as children. Some have a hard time breaking free of that. If and when they do, they often hold resentment that is exhibited in this way (i.e. these billboards).

      March 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • YeahOk

      "How does anyone KNOW that?" Ummmm, it has to do with the lack of any proof.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Udo

      @Patrick: As an atheist, what do you base your belief on that there is no god? You may not believe in the current set of organized religions, but could there not be a creator somewhere? Or a dozen, or a hundred of them? It just seems to me that atheism is itself a religion, because it is based on beliefs just as much as Christianity. I just haven't seen scientific proof either way, so I try to get rid of the hubris by saying that I simply don't know if there is a god(s) or not.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Udo

      @YeahOK: Does the lack of proof mean that something is necessarily a myth? The current model of physics is based on the Higgs boson. It hasn't been found yet. Does that make the physics model a myth? Hardly. It may or may not be correct. You cannot KNOW either way, until you have scientifically proven or disproven it.
      You weren't there 2000 years ago, so how can you KNOW that the events didn't happen? It's just your belief that they didn't. You cannot prove it anymore than a Christian can.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Patrick

      As an atheist, I base my lack of belief on a lack of reason to believe. This applies to all things I do not believe in, gods or otherwise.
      I have never believed in any gods because I have never had cause to, or reason to.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • Patrick

      Udo, that is a common misconception of atheism. Atheism is a lack of belief in gods. It would be ludicrous to call all people atheist because they all have a subset of gods they do not believe in.
      Do not mistake my lack of faith for certainty that there is a particular paradigm that I am aware of. It is simply that in the face of an infinite number of possible paradigms, I have to apply a method of scrutiny.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Patrick

      @ Udo – Also, do not confuse knowledge with belief. No one knows. That is agnosticism and is a state of knowledge. All of us are agnostic, we simply admit it or are deluded into thinking we know some ultimate truth.
      The bottom line is, if you don't know something to be true, you can still fall back to what you do know.

      So we can move forward without the need to suppose true things from what we cannot know. The problem comes when people think they do, and then try to influence others based on that delusion of knowing.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  4. Conrad Shull

    Well, at least when they're decapitatied, the atheists won't have to worry about going to hell.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • momoya

      duh

      March 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  5. City On a Shining Hill

    "The fool hath said in his or her heart, "there is no God"-Psalms

    March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • YeahOk

      FYI, a fool wrote that.

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

      Spouting Bible verses at atheists is like shooting a supersoaker into a forest fire.

      Your words evaporate into steam before they even touch the flames.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Grandma

      @City On a Shining Hill,

      So, you think yourself to be wise, eh? Tsk, tsk.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • LiveFromATX

      quoting the bible to make an argument = instant fail.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • momoya

      See if it will turn the billboards into Moses and Elijah, then.

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

      ~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 3:52 pm |
    • HA25

      No, you're right. Confirming them via "holy sacrament" into lifelong membership in one particular sect of Christianity at the age of 10 years old (or less) is far healthier..

      March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  7. wisdom4u2

    Go ahead and put those signs up, but …‘They' re all gonna laugh at you.’ (Carrie)

    March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Patrick

      That, right there, is the reason we need the signs.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @patrick ~~~ exactly, we all need a good laugh!!

      March 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  8. Rogers

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

    March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  9. Rogers

    where are my posssssstttttttssssssssss???????????????

    March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • From a helpful athiest

      Your post will never appear. You need to go back and check it for words that are flagged by the moronic auto-filter.
      Once a week WARNING for new commentators:
      The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there are words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And there is also "r-a-pe", “a-pe” and “gra-pe”, "s-ex", and "hom-ose-xual". You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".
      • More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.
      Two of the most filtered words are those containing the fragments "t-it" and "c-um". To quickly check your comments for these fragments, click on "Edit" on the Tool Bar and then "Find" on the menu. Add a fragment (without hyphens) one at a time in the "Find" slot and the offending fragment will be highlighted in your comments before you hit the Post button. Hyphenate the fragment(s) and then hit Post. And remember more than one full web address will also gain a "Waiting for Moderation".
      And said moderators still have not solved the chronological placement of comments once the number of comments gets above about 100. They recently have taken to dividing the comments in batches of 50 or so, for some strange reason. Maybe they did this to solve the chronology problem only to make comment reviews beyond the tedious.
      “Raison's Filter Fiber© (joking about the copyright)
      1. Here's my latest list – this seems like a good spot to set this down, as nobody's posting much on this thread.....
      ––
      bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to post that wonderful argument:
      Many, if not most are buried within other words, but I am not shooting for the perfect list, so use your imagination and add any words I have missed as a comment (no one has done this yet)
      – I found some but forgot to write them down. (shrugs).
      s-ex
      c-um.........as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, etc.
      sp-ic........as in disp-icable (look out Sylvester the cat!)
      ho-mo...whether ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, etc.
      t-it.........const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, etc.
      an-al......ban-al
      sh-it
      fu-ck...
      who-re
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, (an unexpected one)
      pr-ick
      sl-ut
      c-lit
      va-g....as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant
      hor-ny
      ar-se....yet "ass" is not filtered!
      nip-ple
      po-rn
      c-ock
      nig-ger
      cu-nt
      b-itch
      ra-pe
      jacka-ss...but ass is fine lol
      p-is.....as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, etc.
      o ficti-tious, repeti-tion, competi-tion.
      Sna-tch
      soft-ware
      Ja-panese
      Span-king
      hoo-ters
      There are more, so do not assume that this is complete.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  10. Charles

    Much Ado About Nothing.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  11. BJJSchecter

    I can write a novel's worth on Christian atrocities starting with the Christians throwing the pagans to the lions up till recent history with yugoslavian orthodox christians murdering and raping mass muslim populations.

    Aetheists don't have these massive homicidal tendencies towards people that don't agree with them. Main thing is that aetheists don't claim one thing and do the opposite i.e. peace and love and then go and kill people.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Conrad Shull

      Do the names Stalin or Mao ring a bell?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Yo!

      "Do the names Stalin or Mao ring a bell?"

      Do yourself a favor and do your homework, more people have been killed because of religion.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Butters

      Does the witch burnings, the spanish inquisition and the crusades ring a bell?

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

      This argument is so ignorant. Pol Pot was an atheist. He killed millions, systematically, and nearly destroyed Angkor wot. Staln was definitely atheist. Mao was atheist, and even Hitler himself was atheist. Specifically, Hitler preached Eugenics (a philosophy of Darwin, google it). Which interestingly enough, Atheists, worshiping Darwin themselves love to ignore. These people, killed tens of millions EACH in the name of eradicating religion. Take any one of them, and they killed a hundred times as many as ALL of the religious persecutions, adding the time of the crusades, back to Roman times. In Roman times, which was largely either a pagan or atheist society, they also killed people for belief in religion. I'm so tired of the Athiests don't do atrocities argument, as the way I see it, the are pretty much the ONLY ones who do it.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Nick
      "I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so."
      – Adolf Hitler, to General Gerhard Engel, 1941

      "We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out".
      The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, Oxford University Press, 1942

      By its decision to carry out the political and moral cleansing of our public life, the Government is creating and securing the conditions for a really deep and inner religious life. The advantages for the individual which may be derived from compromises with atheistic organizations do not compare in any way with the consequences which are visible in the destruction of our common religious and ethical values. The national Government sees in both Christian denominations the most important factor for the maintenance of our society. ...
      – Adolf Hitler, speech before the Reichstag, March 23, 1933, just before the Enabling Act is passed.

      The fact that the Curia is now making its peace with Fascism shows that the Vatican trusts the new political realities far more than did the former liberal democracy with which it could not come to terms. ...The fact that the Catholic Church has come to an agreement with Fascist Italy ...proves beyond doubt that the Fascist world of ideas is closer to Christianity than those of Jewish liberalism or even atheistic Marxism...
      – Adolf Hitler in an article in the Völkischer Beobachter, February 29, 1929, on the new Lateran Treaty between Mussolini's fascist government and the Vatican

      "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. ...Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross."
      – Adolf Hitler, speech on April 12, 1922

      March 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Patrick

      I see this a lot.

      Hitler was a catholic. Read Mein Kampf and study the ideology of the German soldier in WWII. Know the first treaty of the Third Reich was with the Vatican.

      Stalin may have been an atheist personally. He put great effort into creating the new Orthodox Russian church.

      Not that any of this is relevant. I don't think people seriously believe any particular faith can make someone good or evil. It takes nurturing and abuse, respectively, to do that.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  12. 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 3:48 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      You really have no idea what your talking about. I suggest you take your own advice and educate yourself.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • 4TrillionDollarsAgo

      You could probably pull that wool on someone who is not aware, and from what I'm sensing you're NOT aware.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  13. Joe T.

    Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"

    He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"

    He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too!"

    Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912." I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over.

    – Emo Phillips

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

      lol

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • 4TrillionDollarsAgo

      Cool story bro. *points up* Look! The Moon, the stars, this galaxzy... Who made that? ............

      March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Joe T.

      4Trillion, tell me which God, out of all of the thousands, is the right one, with 100% certainty (please provide proof). Tell me which religion, out of the thousand religions is the right one, with 100% certainty (please provide proof). Once you do, I will worship that God and join that religion.

      I mean, there millions of combinations. I want to make sure I get it right before I pick one.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Patrick

      I don't know who made that. But when you tell me, I can ask you who made the thing that made the things you are asking about.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Patrick

      Close, but not enough. There are infinite possibilities and combinations. Not even the human imagination could limit them.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Salero 21

      It may have happen! LOL 😀

      March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      @ 4trillion
      Physics made that. Natural forces made the universe the way it is today.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Salero 21

      But then you killed the bro. so you're an assasin and behaved like an unbeliver. So it proves that not all who say they are, really are what they say. Not all who calls Jesus, Lord Lord will enter His Kingdom.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Salero 21

      The natural was Created/Made by Him who is above all that is natural. So naturallly He can do and undo what He has Created. To Undo however is going to take him only One day.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  14. sharkfisher

    Why are atheist so angry at and afraid of someone they claim doesn't exist ? If they choose NOT to believe that is their choice. BUT I choose to believe and that is no ones concern but mine.They have a right to make beliefs public and so do I.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • MagFlare

      I can only speak for myself, but I'm neither angry at nor afraid of God.

      The people who claim to be His followers, though, well... sometimes those people scare the pants off me.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • momoya

      Atheists aren't worried in the least about any gods; we worry about actual things done by actual people who believe in stupid fairy tales.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Why are atheist so angry at and afraid of someone they claim doesn't exist ? "

      This is such a brainwashed response from christians, no one is angry you are projecting that into it. If you have to make up lies like this to feel justified in believing in your delusional cult you should ask yourself why.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Patrick

      Theists DO exist. They are all around you!
      It isn't the myth that is the problem. It is the people who follow the myth and the common indoctrination they commit on children who should be taught freedom and thinking for oneself.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  15. maff

    jim. I summed up what yall believe in. It aint much. Your stupid and you will prove it

    March 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  16. Nii Croffie

    Every believer is an atheist who has agreed to test his doubt with a little faith. It doesn't hurt. Love, joy, peace, faithfulness, honesty is good even if fairy tales promote it. The story of the Ugly Darkling is not bad so why wud David n Goliath kill.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  17. preach

    poor atheists don't realize that true atheism wouldn't care since all life is folly, but the desire to "win over" shows their own doubt.

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

      Wrong. Since there's no afterlife, atheists make this life count. If there's eternity, then this life matters hardly at all. If there isn't, this life is all there is so make it great.

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

      It's not about winning or enjoying life. It's about being right and wrong. We're right and you're wrong. It's just impossible to explain that when no religious people listen.

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

      "poor atheists don't realize that true atheism wouldn't care since all life is folly, but the desire to "win over" shows their own doubt."

      No one is trying to win anyone over, we are merely pointing out the issues with your brainwashed cult.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      No, the desire to win over shows that we just want to enjoy the one life we have and not have it ruined by religious people forcing their beliefs on us.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • YBP

      Does that also explain the thousands of Jesus-related signs and crosses that one sees on a cross-country road trip through America? Expressions of doubt?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • YeahOk

      So if the majority of your family believed that aliens from Glorgox was coming to save their souls, you wouldn't make any attempt to save them from their own delusional destruction? This world would be a better place if we didn't have people running around believing fairy tales and trying to get everyone to believe in their version of it.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • cecilburrow

      I haven't come across a less coherent thought in quite some time. Congratulations.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  18. Mordrud

    Congratulations Atheists. You are now officially a religion. Sincerely yours, the Agnostics.

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

      Well I'm glad you've found a way to feel superior to both theists and atheists, how sanctimonious of you.

      The word "atheist" means that one does not believe in god. It implies agnosticism. If one insisted that one "knew" there was no God it would be referred to as "gnostic atheism".

      Man the ignorance...

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

      And sidenote, neither "atheist" or "agnostic" gets capitalized as neither is a proper noun.

      /rant

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Atheist #1

      I beat you believe in the Rapture. Idiot!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Phil

      My progression through life.

      I was an atheist at birth, as we all were. Then I was baptized and raised Catholic. Then I became agnostic, then fully atheist.

      You're one step in either direction of having faith or having no faith. Make up your mind.

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

      All I know is all you fervent believers in theisms kill a lot of people. Catholics killed millions in the dark ages and Atheists kill 15 million in the 20th century. This is what happens when you care too much and people who don't agree with you MUST DIE!. Agnostics are too busy getting laid to care where we came from.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Nick

      These signs are from the Evangelical Church of Athiesm

      March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Patrick

      Um, is anyone on the planet NOT an agnostic?

      Agnosticism is a state of knowledge, not of belief.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  19. Phil

    @ Chris

    I have everything I want in life, Chris. I am not dissatisfied in any way, whatsoever. I have a wife, son, four cats and a dog. I own everything and have no debt. I used to be Catholic...but then 20 years ago, it started to make no sense at all.

    So, you're wrong. Our lives are not pathetic and we are not miserable people. We just get a little upset when people like you stand around the street lying to people about what you believe and think is right.

    How many atheists do you see protesting funerals? How many atheists do you see standing on the corners of the streets telling people they're wrong? NONE!

    March 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      How many atheists sit on the CNN Belief Blog telling people they are stupid, idiots, imbeciles, numskulls, etc, etc for believing? Please at least try honesty on for size. In China it is part of the education. Talk about indoctrination.

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

      So your comparing the CNN belief blog with what is seen on the streets all around America and think they are equal? Faulty logic at best, and a very poor attempt to be relevant at worst.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Phil

      @ Nii Croffie

      What am I not being honest about? Being happy or having no debt ? Both are true.

      Are there angry atheists? Absolutely. But what's the point? You're right, I'm right - who cares?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • HA25

      @Nii – you came on this blog for debate and discussion. It's not like you were just walking down the street and someone accosted you with literature and foretelling your doom.
      You come here, you will get debate. Try to handle it. No one gets hurt.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  20. Joe T.

    I understand that these billboards are designed to get atheists to come out of the closet. I am aware that there are a lot more atheists than people realize. That being said, these billboards are stupid and won't accomplish anything.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Phil

      It spreads a message. That's all it's designed to do. It plants a seed and soon others follow.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • William

      It already has accomplished something. It has you (and others) spending time discussing atheism on a message board.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • HA25

      At current count, over 30 PAGES of a message board in 11 hours..

      March 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Joe T.

      If the atheist hasn't come out of the closet yet, I doubt a billboard is going to get them to come out.

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

      Actually, the biggest barrier against an atheist "coming out" is a lack of solidarity in the face of large numbers of theists. By showing support, we can encourage self-thought and self-expression of a true self.

      March 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
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