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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. JM

    "To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, "I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge." – Ravi Zacharias

    March 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • JohnR

      Yeah, Ravi is an idiot, too.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • L

      Alrighty then.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Snow

      Ya but put it on the head of an imaginary dude called god and say "god has infinite knowledge"... suddenly it makes total sense? Really?

      March 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • JM

      "A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God." – Ravi Zacharias

      March 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • JohnR

      Yep, the more you quote Ravi, the more of a complete d-bag he sounds like.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • JM

      Nope. He's brilliant. =>

      March 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Patrick

      Fortunately atheist don't have to maintain a belief that there is no god. They just have not believe in anything they find no reason to believe in.

      No one person believes in all the gods that have come and gone. So Ravi's claim would apply to each of us if it was not fallacious.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • Patrick

      "...a need for god." That is a new one. I wonder what his logic was for that claim.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Jim

      JM-If the atheists use the word 'idiot' it means you have made a very powerful statement. Their only response would be an insult instead of admitting their defeat.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Patrick

      JM – Jim is using a snake-oil technique to sway you. He wants you to feel emotional about the matter and use that emotion to fuel your indoctrination.

      Don't swallow it. Ignore him, ignore me, think for yourself. Open your mind.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Ajjeb

    Personally I believe in agnostic humility. Behind the mystery of the physical laws that govern the universe, the beginning of the cosmos, time, gravity, and everything, as well as wonder of evolution and the rise of biological life, I tend to see some unknown principle or thing (perhaps unknowable) that lies behind it all. (Otherwise it would all simply be too bizarre for my mind to appreciate, but that doesn't mean reality might not still be like this, however I might feel about it). Even if there is something veiled behind it all somehow, which we might call "God", that does not mean we have any guarantee that we will ever know it, and certainly not that it takes an interest in us or even more exotically that it promises us life after death. All religions can be explained by simple earthy reasons, and there is no compelling reason to believe in revelation beyond desire. To boldly declare the truth of one religion against others, or against the likely possibility that no religion is true, is pure arrogance. However, I also dislike strong atheism, for similar but more nuanced reasons.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • L

      This is rather lovely...

      I hope there is a God of love.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Aphrodite?

      March 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Snow

      Noo.. its Eros.. or is it Venus.. umm or cupid?

      March 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Venus is the roman equivalent to Aphrodite. And Cupid is the greek equivalent to Eros. Both were the sons of the respective goddes. Eros to Aphrodite and Cupid to Venus. All four of them were the god/goddess of love. Aphrodite had a bit more (beauty, procreation, and pleasure).

      March 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Just double checked and venus had all that aphrodite had but was also seen as the goddess of military victory and prosperity.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      Yeah, well, you didn't have to tell us.....we can pretty much see it in your comments.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @wisdom4u2

      Are you replying to the other post?

      March 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @ Hawaii.... ~~~~ Nope, to this one: "Ajjeb, Personally I believe in agnostic humility." Read the comment that 'Ajjeb' posts and you'll see what I mean.

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

    .....
    Billboards will not upset the religious one's knowing only the weak one's will move out behind it...at least that will filter out hypocrites from their communities...
    Normally youth do start as non practicing to their religions as atheists or agnostics but there is a time or an exprianced moments come in to their life when they start to become into practicing and stronger in faith...

    It would be a shame really if you are right that religious organizations are not contributing much in unpoliticalized charity helping the poor,hungry and needy no matter what their beliefs or disbeliefs are...

    March 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  4. Observer

    Crad,

    Your insults are getting much worse. Skip the desperation.

    God could easily settle things by taking FIVE SECONDS to SPEAK to the world simultaneously and say "This is God. Follow my Bible".

    Billions and billions of people could be saved. No more proof needed.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      BULL CHIT!!! Did you see what happened when God walked amongst us??? They nailed Him to a cross…hellooooo!!! You’ve got to come up with something better than that!

      March 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Observer

      wisdom4u2,

      Bad example. There were millions of ways to demonstrate at the time. Just a couple of lightning bolts killing soldiers would have sent a much clearer message.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @ Observer/Can’t see the forest for the trees ~~~~ Seriously, you’ve got more faith in ‘humans’ than you do God? God sent His Prophets….humans killed them. God sent His Son….humans killed Him. Now you think we’ve changed that much over 2000 years….NOT! Start working on your ‘FAITH’, that’s the only thing that matters.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Wisdom4u ..is god that stupid then to get nailed twice......the master of the universe, the head cheese, the mythical leader of billions of folks who have only read something about him.her/it and he cannot make himself known. and you wonder why folks do not not believe in it.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Observer

      wisdom4u2,

      You still haven't explained why an announcement to the entire world at once wouldn't work.

      Try again.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @ Observer ~~~~ LOL! Actually, God did send 'bolts of lighting’ at the time Jesus died....it even ripped the curtain in the Holy of Holies in half.....but again, the chicken ass humans took off running the lil beeatches that we are....So, there you have it.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • JohnR

      The mere fact that god, who supposedly knew that one day global mass communication would be available, decided to appear in an outer province of an empire in a period when communication was mostly by easily garbled oral transmission shows a ludicrous lack of planning. While god shouldn't have to rely on modern mass communication technology, the fact that he could have spoken to damn near everyone by appearing at center field during the World Cup finals, but didn't and continues not to shows either that god really doesn't care what we believe, is a creepy game player, or, most simply, doesn't exist.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Observer

      wisdom4u2,

      So no soldiers died.

      Still no answer.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Wisdom4u2

      The only account of the is in the bible. You would think that something so momentous would be recorded in something besides a book that consists solely of oral stories (not reliable) and 3rd hand accounts (also not reliable).

      March 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @observer ~~~~~ I just want to beeatch slap you!! Seriously, what more do you want the Lord to do? He's given us everything....if we don't have it, our brothers/sisters are not doing their jobs. Me and my spouse can only do so much...and God knows that. We taught our lil spawn to do the same.....still somewhat selfish though.... But God is Good and Loving, and He sustains us through deaths, illness, adversities…etc., He’s just plain Good! Try Him, you’ll like/Love Him.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Wisdom

      A being who is "just plain GOOD" wouldn't need to be validated through worship. A being like that would look at the actions of a person and judge that way. He.ll I do that now and I'm a flawed human!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @ HawaiiGuest ~~~~ Awe, bless your heart.....you must not have children. I understand how God must feel when we praise Him, but it didn't occur to me until I received a letter from my own child, who was stationed in Iraq. The letter affirmed all the years of my spouse and my hard work put into our child…. The letter stated that while we may have been disappointed that college was not completed as we would have wanted, we raised a fully independent human who was able to make choices…..with so many ‘thank you's’…for things we never thought mattered. Now, I thank God for everything….’cause I know He may like to hear them, as I do.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @wisdom4u2

      I notice that you deliberately ignore any points that I make in my posts. I respond to what your typing about, yet you feel the need to go off on a tangent. Try actually responding to the post.
      Children should be grateful to a parent, but trying to equate that with worship of a god is just comparing apples and oranges. Do you contend that your god is all-knowing, all-loving, and above humanity in all ways? If you do then why would god react the same as you when praised? Humans like praise, it makes us feel good, and gives us a boost to our ego. Does your god truly need these things? And if he doesn't get that from someone then he will just toss that person into a fiery torture chamber?

      March 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Patrick

      I think that guy they nailed to the cross was a faker, which would explain why they nailed him up there.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @ Hawaii Guest ~~~~~ Why are you taking things so personally?? I only responded…..because I could. I really don’t give a rat’s ass what you believe…OKAY? As a matter of fact….you can kiss my b…. …! Oh, that’s the ‘old’ me taking over….tsk-tsk!!!

      March 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      @ FAKE HAWAII GUEST ~~~~

      March 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  5. JM

    C.S. Lewis

    "I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. "

    "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

    March 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • wisdom4u2

      I love me some C.S. Lewis.....got every one of his books!!

      March 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • JohnR

      Correct. If the gospels are even close to correct in outlining what Jesus taught, then he was a lunatic. Lots of his moral lessons were idiotic as well. So on the great moral teacher vs son of god question, I vote for none of the above.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • JM

      Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemies. Turn the other cheek. Forgive. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

      What do you have against his actual teaching?

      March 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      JM..thats it? really you think that is incedible ? all the hoopla to tell humans what they already knew...how about some thing of real value like the cure for cancer,, heart disease, diabetes,? mental illness? What did the bible tell humans that they did not already know?? nothing. .it was not inspired by god any more than Harry Potter was written my wizards.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • JM

      The cure for cancer?

      You do know that everyone dies...right? He taught the cure for death. That's a bit better, I think.

      But to each his own.

      You want the cure for cancer. I'm thinking eternal life, forgiveness of sins, no more death, pain or sorrow sounds pretty excellent.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • JohnR

      Well, those particular cherry picked lessons aren't too bad, though they ring hollow when married to the doctrine of an all loving god torturing people for all eternity just because they doubt his existence or simply believe the wrong doctrines about him. But the prodigal son is a story with a totally inverted moral lesson. The incident with the fig tree was an outrage. The story of the rich man and Lazarus was pure evil. Yep, like everyone else who ever tried to sell the complete truth to others, Jesus had the fatal flaw of not HAVING anything like the complete truth under his own fairly mediocre intellectual control.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • JM

      It's called free will. EIther he can allow us to choose or he can just have a world full of robots who don't get to think, act or choose on their own. If that were the case, we wouldn't have the opportunity to have this little debate because we'd be mindless.

      "There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'" – C.S. Lewis

      March 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  6. wisdom4u2

    Hellooo, what happened to my post?
    Anyways @ SciGuy ~~~
    Ahhhhh, Duhhhhh!!! Let’s see….so by knowing that God has sacrificed His Only SON, and (you particularly), or a person, should ‘choose’ NOT to accept God’s invitation to ‘eternal’ life, through His Beloved Son, you think He‘s being ‘particle‘…huh…is that what you’re saying?
    Well, you’d better be glad He’s God and I’m not….’cause yo ass would be burnt to a crisp …even as I type. You got a lot of nerves.
    Know this: God is Holy, you are not….what makes you think that you can stand before a Holy God without the covering of Christ Jesus’ Blood? I know you ought to be shame!

    March 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  7. JM

    "Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning. . ." – Mere Christianity

    March 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • Crad

      Lewis is brilliant and that is perhaps the hardest and most profound read i have ever done. That book is amazing

      March 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Patrick

      Who is talking about meaning? We are talking about the currently-worshiped gods (of prominence) and their followers.

      Meaning is not mutually exclusive with atheism.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  8. .

    Atheists should STOP telling people what to do. If any religious people want to leave their faith and religion; they already know where to go and do. We're in America, not in Afghanistan. Stop wasting money and shut up.

    Religion will never go away

    March 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • JohnR

      How the hell is it any of YOUR business what atheists freely choose to do?

      March 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  9. Orthodox Jew

    David Silverman...... you are Jewish and should be embarresed your idiot! You are making our community look bad.

    David Silverman = STALIN and HITLER

    March 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Ajjeb

      Surely you jest ...

      March 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • JohnR

      Yo, OJ, calm down. Last I checked, there is a big difference between putting up billboards and slaughtering millions of people. And perhaps it was precisely Silverman's experience as a non-believing Jew that led him to want to do this outreach towards some communities that are hostile to disbelief.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Patrick

      Hitler was a big, fat Catholic. Hardly comparable to Silverman.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  10. Akila

    Atheists evangelical people too..... schocked

    March 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  11. cutedog2

    The Atheists are evolving into a similar temperament they state drives them nuts about people of faith.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  12. tree beast

    Atheist: I boldly laugh at you. So eager to bring young minds into your belief in nothing that produces legacies of selfishness and false arrogance. As a christian i'm aware of 'christian' idiots in the world'the human malpractice of God's word is ridiculous. Atheist-you go to great lengths in avoiding God-always running from the truth;all your effort simply validate my belief,you fool only fools. Atheist: self serving,self loathesome,and void of true accountibility; a walking quagmire of excuses; The atheist is a living contradiction: A BOASTFUL COWARD.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Al

      So eager to bring young minds into your belief in nothing that produces legacies of selfishness and false arrogance.

      Now that's funny.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • Al

      Sounds like some has been to "Jesus Camp".

      March 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Billy

      Your hate is showing. So eager to display it. Nobody cares about you. Why do you care about them?

      March 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Tree beast...You sound a lite upset that some with views different from yours can actually say it. You have had the microphone and failed for 2000 yrs so its time you grew up a little that all.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Zelda Speck

      I agree with the Tree. Who is more insecure here....obviously athiesm wasn't getting enough "signer-upers", so now they go on a advertising spree!??!?!?! HAHAHA!! If you don't believe in anything..then don't. Pretty simple. You don't need a club or society to do nothing. Defeats the purpose, doesn't it??? "HEY GUYS..let's go start a club about NOTHINGNESS." what a joke.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  13. John 3:16

    prove there is no god.
    what caused the big bang

    March 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Maty

      You'd have to define 'God' first. Impossible.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • John 3:16

      Intelligent designer, all knowing and loving

      March 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Observer

      Believers "logic"

      Atheists are wrong because In order for anything to exist, something must have created it.
      God exists.
      Nothing created God.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • IslandAtheist

      I don't know, you tell me.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      John.3:16. intelligent design then who designed your designer.. But you know that anyway but prefer to look the other way.. I could have designed a better human than your god, Thor

      March 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • C

      Like part of a cosmic Russian doll, our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe.

      In turn, all the black holes found so far in our universe—from the microscopic to the supermassive—may be doorways into alternate realities.

      According to a mind-bending new theory, a black hole is actually a tunnel between universes—a type of wormhole. The matter the black hole attracts doesn't collapse into a single point, as has been predicted, but rather gushes out a "white hole" at the other end of the black one, the theory goes.

      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/04/100409-black-holes-alternate-universe-multiverse-einstein-wormholes/

      March 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • rosethornne

      Where did the universe come from?/sky fairy made it, then where did the sky fairy come from?/it was always there. That solution is wasteful.

      The simplest solution is, where did the universe come from?/it was always there.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Patrick

      I cannot disprove something that is not proven. Technically and logically, you need to provide the proof before someone can disprove it.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  14. Ajjeb

    There are no good reasons to believe in any particular religion (as opposed to other religions or no religion). All you have is a compulsion to believe in what you need to believe in or always have. Religion takes advantage of our psychological weaknesses, as children to believe in what their parents believe in, or as adults to have something to hold on to because they're guilty, depressed, fear death, fear meaninglessness, or they're addicted to the believer's ecstatic high, or whatever. In this modern era religion should only continue where it doesn't claim supremacy over other religions or no-religion, and it should never again serve as a reason to reject scientific findings, or a reason to be intolerant toward others. Take an allegorical page out of the Bible, American Christians, and reject Adam's pride ... in your arrogance you are like Job's friends who thought they knew the mind of God.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  15. Maty

    I liked it better when there was no internet.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Billy

      The internet has always been. It will always be. The internet is all knowing, all powerful. Fear the internet.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • Maty

      I meant to say that I liked people a lot more when there was no internet.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  16. Muneef

    We became to know the beauty only when we became to know the ugliness... So I guess having religious and atheists play the same role in helping us to realize the difference...

    March 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      You, for perhaps the first time, are correct – religion is ugly, and untrue, and stupid, and childish, and not one bit more believable than astrology.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:52 am |
  17. Trudy

    Not a big one at all. I understand, it's a hard concept to grasp.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  18. YeahOk

    "Is this the supreme logic that will make me abandon my God?"

    *Cracks open a Bud and hands it to U.S.Army-OverLord* How's that working for ya?

    March 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • U.S.Army-OverLord

      LOL good one.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  19. Trudy

    I think you should all drop your egos for a second. Spirituality/religion and science were ONE at some point. Sucks there's so much hate coming from both ends. They need to work together. Amazing things happen when you accept both...trust me. But of course, someone's gonna hate on this comment too. I believe in God. I believe in science. Remember, you're just a carbon spec in this universe. At least keep an open mind to the possibility of something being out there. If both sides (Athiest and Believers) wanna be true, stop bashing each other. Have the balls to love.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • YeahOk

      "Spirituality/religion and science were ONE at some point."

      That was when the Earth was flat, correct?

      March 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • U.S.Army-OverLord

      True I believe that as well.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Trudy

      Before that honey. WAY before that time. 😉

      March 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • QS

      How big of an ego does it take to actually say that science and religion are on an even plane?

      March 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Trudy

      Not a big one at all. I understand, it's a hard concept to grasp. =/

      March 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • YeahOk

      "How big of an ego does it take to actually say that science and religion are on an even plane?"

      Science is a system that uses observation and experimentation to describe and explain natural phenomena.

      Religion is a belief in the supernatural.

      Not sure if that is what you consider an even plane or not, but ok.

      March 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • JohnR

      Science and religion were never one, and never will be.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Trudy.. science is humanities way of understanding the world, it was not out to disprove any of the gods. However when it looks at the evidence and how it fits with observation, it does not support the bibles stories, which we were told for generations were the words of god. You understand many things about the world because of science.. the way stars burn and what happens when they explode, why earthquakes happen, how tornadoes form..etc. if spirituality was on a par with that then maybe it could tell us when the events will happen... so far any prediction of the bible has been sorely lacking..

      March 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Apatheist

      One strives to reveal the truth of our world and the other... well, the other doesn't.... If you like science then you must understand the difference...

      March 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Trudy

      One explains the HOW while the other explains the WHY. They exist of the plane of love.

      I'm Hindu, so not too sure about the Bible refs.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  20. U.S.Army-OverLord

    "You know it's a myth"?!? Is this the supreme logic that will make me abandon my God? How much did you people pay for this sign?!? You deserve the scorn you get. Next time offer a free drink or a dinner you may get some people out of the closet that way.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Patrick

      Someone is lacking in reading comprehension skills.

      The cost is $15,000.

      March 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Crad

      Love how athiests make fun of religion for using money the way they do. Then they use 15 grand to talk about god instead of feeding the homeless, or donating to charity.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Patrick

      That would be unusual, I think – an atheist who made fun of a church's charity work. Obviously I can't speak for everyone, but I think charity is a positive of any organization. Churches have been a benefactor of my own volunteer work.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
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