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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

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  1. No atheist in the foxhole

    Stop Evangelizing Atheism!

    March 2, 2012 at 5:12 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Why not call for a stop to evangelizing by everyone?

      March 2, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  2. No atheist in the foxhole

    At least now they're begining to show that they are a cult. Little by little.

    March 2, 2012 at 5:04 am |
  3. Donna McEvoy

    Religion is slowly taking a back seat to knowledge. Given enough time, science will provide all of our answers. It is only those, generally non-educated who find strength in a religion that gives them a crash course in tradition and a feeling of superiority in being the chosen people. They are in essence, getting all the answers the easy way, to go through life and get a reward in eternity, without ever having to think, study or question. They've been told to be afraid of science, almost as though it is science fiction. Knowledge is a wonderful thing!!!!!

    March 2, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"They've been told to be afraid of science,"

      Yeah, that is why the private Catholic schools normally out perform the secular private schools in the areas of Math and Science.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      Donna, I have to say, I'm Muslim and as a Muslim it's my duty to learn. There is no contradiction between science and God. Whatever it is and all that science will discover and answer......there is still ]od that created all the scientific laws to make it all happen. There will always be the question, what is beyond what was discovered. That question will always be asked every time something is discovered and it will go on for eternity. Don' you see that is why ]od is eternal and infinite? Do yoy not see why he is called the beginning and the end?

      March 2, 2012 at 2:42 am |
    • RogerThat

      To fully understand science, you must first know Jesus.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      I think Donna thinks that we all are Amish. 🙂

      March 2, 2012 at 2:51 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Roger, my first reaction to your stupid statement is bullsh!t, but I will be more polite and simply ask "Why? Why does anyone need to know an imaginary being to understand science?"

      March 2, 2012 at 3:09 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      Donna thinks that religion is ignorance. The one thing she got right is knowledge is a wonderful thing...obviously something she lacks. Without God, you can't possibly have knowledge. Sure, the Donna's of this world can poke around experimenting and discovering all sorts of wonderful things with God's creations but by rejecting in the belief that he exists and created all the laws to bring his creation to existence, they are missing out on so much potential to do good. The only thing they seem to be putting their "scientific" minds to inventing these days are things that reek havoc on the ear. Imagine if theystudied the holy books and believed in and feared God, how much good they could put their minds to and by the grace and mercy of ]od would help people instead of destroying them.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:16 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      So, Iran is a god-fearing theocracy, with many righteous leaders and scientists working on a nuclear weapon that can only wreak havoc. Please explain how this will help people rather than destroy them.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • nik

      Why would you want/need fear your god that sounds like something not good to believe in but you should fear yourself for a beliving in someone who wants you to make you pay for the wrong doings that he made you do "he is creator of all"ha funny i just created something its stinky

      March 2, 2012 at 3:31 am |
    • Karl Nowak

      No, I am sorry to trash your party. Science will never ever answer all our questions.
      Try to embrace the fact that other people have different believe systems, do not try to impose them your own set of rules.
      – And if you want to know I am not a believer.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:43 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"So, Iran is a god-fearing theocracy, with many righteous leaders and scientists working on a nuclear weapon that can only wreak havoc. Please explain how this will help people rather than destroy them."

      The United States, we are not a Religious Theocracy .... but we are the only country in history to use a Nuclear Weapon. So, the precedent has been set for the what a non Religious Theocracy has done with a Nuclear Weapon.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:46 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      True, but how does that relate to What's His Name's contention that knowing god will allow scientists to do good things, especially given the high probability that Iran having a nuclear capability will not be good?

      March 2, 2012 at 3:53 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      Iran claims to be an Islamic Theocracy but that's as far from the truth as Israel is of being a Jewish state.

      March 2, 2012 at 4:07 am |
    • nik

      If you need answers from a religous righteous man turn to the man known as ras tafari or hali salasi

      March 2, 2012 at 4:07 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      And og, if they feared God, they wouldn't be making nuclear weapons. Religious belief is between the individual and God – no one and nothing in between as intercessor.

      March 2, 2012 at 4:12 am |
    • nik

      What if they fear god they make nukes you know nothing of anything to bad these cats didn't give up hate commenting for lint yeah I'm talking to all you religious brats guess what I smell you all they over here your-- stinckin bad I would rather go to the portapottie at a NASCAR race un the middle of a phoenix summer then smell them

      March 2, 2012 at 4:59 am |
    • Primewonk

      RogerThat wrote, " To fully understand science, you must first know Jesus.

      So unless I know Jesus, I cannot understand higher dimensional Calabi–Yau manifolds?

      March 2, 2012 at 8:53 am |
  4. ChangeYourName

    T What a total waste of $15K. Couldn't Silverman think up of anything GOOD for the needy to do with that money? Of course not; Satan leads him to cause mischief with this money instead.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Shouldn't all the religious charlatans with their overdone robes, hats, staffs and other riches give them up to benefit the needy and their cult members? Or are they holding them in reserve to pay off the children they abused?

      March 2, 2012 at 2:25 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      But of course, because he rejects God he's deaf dumb and blind to the devil that leads him. And the athiests in the closets that are contemplating Silverman's call would be better off running as fast as they can to the nearest church, mosque or synanogue where Silverman and Satan can't follow them

      March 2, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      Good point.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      Hey og, you're talking about abusers, not the religion itself

      March 2, 2012 at 2:33 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      I'm talking about all religions with hoardes of valuables (often worn by their charlatans) in general, and the RCC and Pope-a-Dope more specifically. In case I am not clear, how much gold and silver and other valuables does any cult need? How can the poor sheep, seeing their shamans literally clothed and adorned in gold, take what those charlatans say seriously?

      March 2, 2012 at 2:39 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      Ok so the point here is that some are not following God. You have to remember that they thmselves are NOT religion, just bad representatives of it.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"I'm talking about all religions with hoardes of valuables "

      Well, my church is Christian and would love to know where you get this "hordes of valuables". Our pastor is still driving a first generation Subaru Forrester. 🙂

      I mean serious, do you think that all churches are "rich" churches?

      March 2, 2012 at 2:55 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Of course they are not following god – there are no gods to follow!

      You chastised atheists for unwisely spending money when it is evident that many cults, including your own, have vast riches that they are not being sharing with the needy. You can duck and dive all you like, but you are just trying to deflect responsibility from the collective cult to individual cult leaders – individuals put in place by each cult. You should be admitting that many religious cults do exactly, if not to a much greater degree, what you accused atheists of doing. Or are you just another hypocritical apologist for myth believing cults?

      March 2, 2012 at 3:00 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Mark, please read for comprehension. If your cult does not have hoardes of riches then it is not the object of my rebuttal to what's his names chastisement of an atheist organization spending 15k on billboards.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:03 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Ahh.... comprehension. Ok, then explain the “religions with hordes of valuables”? Try to use simple reasoning my friend. Which Religions do not have both their poor and their wealthy? Your statement is that there is a “Religion” that has hordes of valuables. That knocks out the Religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism because it is not to difficult to find a impoverished parish, mosque or temple.

      Try this, where you are thinking about individual churches,mosques, or synagogues, your statement lends to a labeling of an entire Faith. I know it is the desired image that many Atheist have is that there are no poor country churches ...or that all Christians are Catholics.

      15k on a Billboard is foolish. Same if a Church advertises but then I guess where would the line be drawn. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have a billboard that I pass each day.

      The thing is that some Atheist always cry that the churches money could be used better to feed the hungry or shelter the cold. Why is it not ok now for the Faithful to make the same statements , of better use of funds, to the Atheist?

      March 2, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      One, or even hundreds, of poor individual churches do not excuse the excesses of the Vatican or similar edifices or collections of wealth held by other cults. In fact, given the tremendous wealth of the RCC, no single parish church should be forced to close because of financial constraints. The fact that local churches are struggling while "HQ" and the leaders their enjoy huge riches makes my point – surely there're better ways to spend money than to coddle the elite and ignore the needy.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:37 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      In answer to your last question, there's nothing wrong with believers asking non-believers anything, but they would be wise to assess their cult's situation before judging anyone else.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:41 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>”One, or even hundreds, of poor individual churches do not excuse the excesses of the Vatican or similar edifices or collections of wealth held by other cults. “

      Yeah, been invited to White House lately or any major City Halls or State Houses? Heck, we can even throw in other insti'tutions such as the headquarters of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts all the way up to the Pentagon vs some poor military base.

      Should I even go into Deans of our Universities and Hospitals and then compare them to those below them?

      I can understand your feelings kid, but its a very narrow view blinded a bit by hate and fear. So many groups and organizations that are in the business of helping society, have fancy headquarters... are we to just focus our scorn and adopt your dislike for just the Religious ones?

      Is that fair?

      March 2, 2012 at 3:59 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"In answer to your last question, there's nothing wrong with believers asking non-believers anything, but they would be wise to assess their cult's situation before judging anyone else."

      So, then since both sides are acting in the same manner.... do you think that either side will "really" assess their actions and declare ...to themselves that they are wrong in anyway?

      You really believe either side will assess themselves as anything other than justified in their views?

      March 2, 2012 at 4:04 am |
    • Primewonk

      But the tens of millions of dollars the fundamentalist churches nation-wide spend on billboards each year, threatening people with hell – that"s still OK with you?

      March 2, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  5. brad

    What really kills me is that religion today is so much different than the original christian beliefs that is a mockery of its former self. The Christian bible has been retranslated and rewritten so many times it is no where near the original. Not to mention that each of the books in it were never meant to be bound together. They were all separate writings hundreds of years apart from each other in different languages. Many of its books were mans laws written by men for men that somehow got mistaken for gods laws. Other books were ancient history even when it was originally written so a lot is pure speculation.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • Mkay

      It is all part of God's plan. She is testing us.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      The Ragnarok is upon us!!!!

      March 2, 2012 at 1:53 am |
  6. Right Guidance

    I am a believer and definately, only Allah is running and controlling all the system of whole universe, if Allah wants to punish or shower his mercy on me, is there any power can save me from HIS punishment or stop HIS mercy from coming to me. These Agnostics ppl have indeed lost their way from right guidance and follow their vain desires, soon they will come to know that they were indeed leading their life in great error. The Shaitan is the greatest enemy to Mankind and vowed to Almighty that O Allah, give me the respite till last Day of Judgement so I can misguide every son of Adam (peace be upon him) so Allah, You have condenmed to Hell so I will try to take every son of Adam to Hell with me lso treat him is your enemy and do not follow his footsteps, otherwise, you will be a great loser in this life and life here to come etrnally as well. If Allah guides, none can misguides him, and If allah misguides, none can guide him.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  7. Just one

    Stalins USSR
    Pol Pots Cambodia
    Rospierres France
    Maos China

    I know this is not an all inclusive list of the atheist regimes in history. Please name the garden spot of atheism that you guys use as you example of a happy joyful Funtime of an atheist government in history. I ask because so many claim atheism would result in a better world. To make such a claim without any sort of factual basis would be....dogmatic faith.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Atheists are not a group in the same way as Xtians. Atheists think for themselves and follow no shared doctrine other than the fact that they don't believe in any of the millions of God's that mankind made while here.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:28 am |
    • brad

      So what is your point? Look no further to our overcroweded prison systems and see how many good god fearing christians are in jail. Better yet, look no further than all our our baby raping priests.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      What your saying is like all white men or all black men or .....would make an evil government because some white or black or.....guy was a murderer.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • Just one

      Interesting examples of atheist Utopias in history. Oh wait, neither of you gave an example. Could you please. I'm trying to understand where the dogmatic belief that an atheist world would be a better world. Surely it is based upon a factual, historic example rather than unfounded belief, cause that would be too ironic.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • Al

      Just take a look at history and you will see that religion has done more harm than good.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Just One, I think the concept is over your head. I don't know how a person could not be clear on what an atheist in this day and age. Are you just playing dumb? Maybe you are one of those people who likes to distort facts to try to say atheism is a religion.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • KingPoop

      How about Norway, Sweden, and Denmark? Very peaceful, low crime rates, and high rates of atheism. Sure they are not Utopias, but I don't think there are any Utopias in the history of humanity.

      Although I should point out, it's probably not because of their atheism that these places do so well in terms of crime and other measures of societal health (because atheism is the lack of a belief system, not an actual belief system). Rather, it's probably because they do believe in secular humanism.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:26 am |
    • nik

      Stalin-orthodox Christian didn't have god rub country ,long live socialism, pol pots Maoist regime rosi catholic hate maos a Taoist whos athist out of it USA best atheist. Country ever to bad religious people want think it's about god read the dec bill o rights confed papers you will know

      March 2, 2012 at 3:47 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Communist leaders like Pol Pot and Stalin would not have been charismatic enough to gain converts had they not learned the discourse of dogmatic persuasion from religious inst/itutions.
      Pol Pot spent 8 years at a Catholic school in Phnom Penh and Stalin 5 years at a Russian orthodox seminary. Historians have noted their speaking and writing styles ape those of the Church in being 'declamatory and repeti.tive, with liturgical overtones”.
      While they both sought to eliminate traditional religions from their kingdoms, they did so in order to divert the common man’s fervour to their own cults of personality.
      As Karl Marx himself noted “Atheism as a denial of this unreality; has no longer any meaning, for atheism is a denial of God and tries to assert through this negation the existence of man; but socialism as such no longer needs this mediation...”
      Hitler’s Third Reich, on the other hand, was no friend to atheists and encouraged religion in Germany, recognizing its power to keep the people compliant from having been exposed to religious methods of persuasion in school at a Benedictine cloister.
      Instead of purging faith like the Communist regimes, he purged atheism:
      "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
      While Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot put themselves into the Godhead position, Hitler publically professed his Christianity until his dying day and used Christian arguments to whip his people into a frenzy. This is why Nazi uniform belt buckles were emblazoned with the slogan “Gott mit uns” (God is with us).
      Each of these leaders wielded their people’s predilection for faith like a weapon. Atheism is not the prime cause for these tragic regimes – the misdirection of faith is.
      Like religion, they demanded blind obedience and obsequious submission from their followers. They tolerated no free-thinkers and enforced dogmatism – a trick they learned from their religious educations.

      March 2, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • TR6

      Sweden

      March 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  8. ChrisFarleysCokeHabit

    I knew the best part of this article would be the comments section. Almost April, time for bunnies and Zombie stories.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • Mkay

      Don't forget the eggs. Nothing says Jesus like a nicely colored egg.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Bunnies, painted eggs etc. are the last vestiges of the pagan celebrations against which Christianiry competed in its early days.
      Cybele, the Phrygian fertility goddess, had a consort, Attis, who was believed to have been born via a virgin birth. Attis was believed to have died and been resurrected each year during a three day period at the end of March.
      Sound familiar?
      Well before Easter was associated with the zombification of the Christian deity, it was a widely celebrated pagan holiday marking the rebirth and renewal of spring. The very word "Easter" comes from the Saxon goddess Eastre and the Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility, Eastra.

      March 2, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  9. Just one

    Ok, please name one officially atheist government in history that was not a distopian Hell, or one scientific study showing the benefits of atheism.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Just one

      Patiently waiting for just one.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • GOPDEATH

      Atheists are less likely to end up in jail. (Atheists comprise 15% of US population, however, only 1% of US Prison population are non-believers.)

      Atheists are more likely to climb to the top of academia. (97% of the National Academy of Science Members are atheists. The 3,200 members includes more than 200 Noble Laureate recipients)

      March 2, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • Just one

      Come on.. All you atheists surely have a counter to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Robspierre? There have been plenty of atheist governments in history. Just name the one that you use as the basis for your belief that an atheist world would be better.
      Just one.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Just one

      Sorry, but according to Pew research, Atheists are 1.6 percent. Your figure seems to be off by a factor of ten.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • nik

      Don't forget the 1500 years of regression oppression and depression under church rule for the world during dark ages you want atheist government USA. USA USA well at least up until 60-70 years ago before the crazies took over

      March 2, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Atheists are not a group in the same way as Christians. Atheists think for themselves and follow no shared doctrine other than the fact that they don't believe in any of the millions of God's that mankind made while here.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • Just one

      Nik, which country was under church rule, again? Either way USA has never been atheist. I am sll for secular government. Interesting that you imply the US is worse in the last 60-70 years. This would track well with the DECLINE of religion in the US. But I suppose that is just too ironic for you to bear.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Decline in religion? Oh ya all the candidates are touting their atheism to be elected. lol

      March 2, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • nik

      Must of Europe or do u only read your happy ho lucky bible publications so you have never picked up a history book try expanding that pea to at least a walnut size brain it'll help you

      March 2, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • BogusClaims

      Look up Nonstampcollector on Youtube. He has a video called Hitler: The Atheist that will explain answers to your questions. Check out the rest of his videos while you're at it 🙂

      March 2, 2012 at 1:33 am |
    • nik

      Hry but if want yo live under the oppressive rule of someone telling you what yo do 24hts a day ho for it not me im free oh yeah I've read many books the idiots are the one who only read there holy books try some others at a public library there not full of hate and violence

      March 2, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • Just one

      Nik, I know that words are hard to understand, but please name one officially atheist country in Europe. Yes atheism as a personal belief system is at much higher percentages in Europe, but there is not one officially atheist nation.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Im sorry but atheism is a concept you fail to grasp. It is not a belief system.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • nik

      Actually most countries don't answer to the church so I say all but Iran Israel uae batswanna name the few isn't this interrupting that thing you guys need to do called private prayer time free the USA vote non religious 2012 and further thank you Obama

      March 2, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • Just one

      But it is. There is zero proof for or against the existence of God or Gods. Plenty of point and counter point. Such as the anthropoid principle versus multiple universe theory. Zero evidence one way or another.
      To believe that there is a God is to have a belief system based upon nothing. To believe there is no God is to do the same. Myself, I just dont know, but I find debating atheists more amusing than theists, because you guys are just so Ernest in your belief that your faith is based on reason, when in fact, it is just that....faith.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:54 am |
    • Just one

      Nik, is English a second language for you?

      March 2, 2012 at 1:55 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      It is not a belief system and has no shared doctrine or set of laws. It is a natural state. We were all born atheists. I find your disclosure ironic since I am not an atheist and enjoy debating close minded religious folk like you.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Using that logic you could say that not believing in unicorns is a belief system.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Just one

      By what measure am I closed minded? I have presented facts, and asked for the atheists out there to bring facts supporting their beliefs. Truth be told, I enjoy knowledge. I understand how the uneducated come to religious belief. I just don't understand how the atheist comes to his belief. To say there is no God, is by definition being closed minded. To say this, you have made a statement of belief without support of fact. I just find this to be ironic, and would love to get a better understanding of the mind that can hold such logical contradictions. Most atheists claim they believe nothing without evidence, then say there is no God. This is just bizarre.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • Just one

      Ah, the unicorn. Did you know that I firmly believe in unicorns? I've even seen them. The first western description of the unicorn was by Pliny the Elder. His description was clearly that of a rhinoceros.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • nik

      Yep I speaketh the Americano have ever hear of phone type it work bad kinda like the book of John 4:27 though you critize my language burn you tounge in this bush

      March 2, 2012 at 3:39 am |
    • nik

      No time to prof read to busy making sure no virgins for tha martyrs

      March 2, 2012 at 3:41 am |
    • CrapSpot

      But the surveys and even this article says it was the unafilliated non-believers + agnostics makes that 15%, NOT atheists. Atheism SPECIFICALLY in fact is roughly 1%.

      You must be LYING!

      But the good news is...You're spotted by the CrapSpot. You are now officially a PIECE OF CRAP! Congratulations!!!

      March 2, 2012 at 5:44 am |
  10. ChangeYourName

    I'm a Muslim and I defend all believers of God regardless of HOW you worship him. We may differ a little or a lot. The Quoran tells me to believe what is in the Torah and the Gospels. Yes my book and the bible have much violence in them but you athiests need to learn to get beyond that and search for the truth and wisdom in these books. They are not to be read like a novel. You need to read them with an open heart and you need to raed them from your soul in order to see the wisdom in God's message.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Just one

      The history of atheist governments, be it Stalins USSR or Pol Pots Cambodia, make the Quran or Old Testiment seem tame.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Kev

      Just One,

      You do know that Stalin used the Russian Orthodox Church to get all the support he needed right? You trying to claim it was an atheistic nation just shows how uneducated you are about it. Do some research on it. Not research from "religious" sources but factual research.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:51 am |
  11. ChangeYourName

    If it weren't for the God-fearing believers, Athiests/Heathens/Infidels/Kafirs/Pagans would live in a backward fukced-up barbaric world.

    Little do they know and little are they thankful.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • choicewasmine

      http://www.youtube.com/user/NonStampCollector#p/u/58/SGkgmU9vG_o

      March 2, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      How backwards you have it. Our world today is built more off Paganism than Christianity, itself based in paganism.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • choicewasmine

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGkgmU9vG_o&w=420&h=315]

      March 2, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Al

      So what you're saying is that uneducated people require the fear of eternal torture in order to make the right decision between right and wrong?

      March 2, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • ChangeYourName

      Al, I didn't say uneducated. I said stupid and lazy. An uneducated personbis sometimes much much wiser and truthful than the most educated.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  12. Just one

    There are countless studies showing positive effect of religious faith, from greater happiness and longer life expectancy to lower rates of drug and alcohol abuse. Could any of you evangelical atheists cite a study showing the same for atheism?

    March 2, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • The Dude

      How can you measure happiness between people who do not share the same desires?

      There are way to many variables to make any such study remotely accurate.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • sigh

      It's not a study, but no one has flown planes into buildings in the name of atheism recently. Also, atheism doesn't seek to halt scientific progress. Nor does it seek to limit the civil rights of others. But I guess if it makes you happy to do these things as a believer, you're free to do so. Ignorance is bliss, after all.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Al

      Tell that to the little boy that just got reamed in the az by the priest.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Just one

      Dude, surveys with such simple questions as "are you happy" suffice.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Just one

      I will take your responses as a big "no, I am unaware of any studies showing the positive effects of atheism"

      March 2, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Are you arguing that all religion is beneficial to people's well being?

      March 2, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Just one

      Oh Yeah. I don't need to argue. There are countless surveys and scientific studies published in peer reviewed journals that show that, yes, religious belief is beneficial. It is not my opinion, but repeatedly shown. I was just wondering if there was even one study showing the benefits of atheism.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Well the origins of Buddhism are atheist and meditation has proven more beneficial than your Tebow prayers.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Crad

      Al. Why would you say it like that? Thats just as disgusting as the act. And why athiests keep saying the planes flown into the buildings was for god. Those men were drinking and at strip clubs before the tragedy. They werent following god. And there are acts of terrorism from every known religion including athiests. Being naive and blaming god for these things is ridiculous.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Just one

      Actually, Budhism is not inherently atheist, but rather, non theistic. There are many Budhist master who embrace the idea of a cosmic consiousness, which they sometimes term God. And to your point meditation and religious belief have very similar benefits.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      non-theism includes atheists you dolt.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • Name*joe

      Studies with no possible way to quantify data aren't studies. Those are opinions of the deluded.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • Just one

      Non theistic and atheistic mean totally different things, you dolt.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • Just one

      Joe, there are numerous studies, published in real medical journals, not fantasy rags by creationists, that show a direct correlation between religious belief and numerous measurable factors of quality of life. Take the time to look them up, instead of blindly following your faith. Isn't blind faith what you knock the religious for?

      March 2, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      According to the definition it includes atheism. Maybe you need some sleep.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • Just one

      Umm, the claim was made that Budhism is atheist. I was pointing out that it is non theistic. I know you may be sleepy yourself, but human does not mean the same thing as woman, does it? But it does encompass woman, right? I understand that language can be hard, but this really isn't. Non theistic means that theism in irrelevant to the subject. This is totally different than atheistic. I think you can grasp the difference now.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:33 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      The origins of Buddhism are atheist. Sorry but you cant change that.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • Just one

      There is nothing more amusing to me than atheists who repeat the beliefs that others have told them, without questioning them. Sorry for the cut and paste, but if interested you can read the thoughts of Budha on God.

      The non-adherence[1] to the notion of an omnipotent creator deity or a prime mover is seen by many as a key distinction between Buddhism and other religions. In Buddhism the sole aim of spiritual practice is the complete alleviation of stress in samsara,[2][3] called nirvana. The Buddha neither denies nor accepts a creator,[4] denies endorsing any views on creation[5] and states that questions on the origin of the world are worthless.[6][7]
      This is non theistic, not by any definition atheistic. Please dont follow others dogma without thinking.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Thoughtless dogma is your thing. Nontheism is a term that covers a range of both religious and nonreligious attltudes characterized by the absence of — or the rejection of — theism or any belief in a personal god or gods

      March 2, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Just one

      Your statement that Budhism was atheistic, was the dogmatic recitation of something which was flat out wrong. By the way, I am an agnostic. I just enjoy reading posts by atheists that think their faith system is really any different than that of the religious. Both sides hang their hats on logical fallacies and dogma. You just don't realize it.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:58 am |
    • Just one

      Budha was actually much more in line with my own belief. Whether or not there is a God is irrelivant and unprovable. Taking a strong side either way is intellectually dishonest.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:00 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Just one
      I asked if ALL religion was beneficial, not only major faiths, but also including cults, pagan rites, and the like as well. Is it better to belong to a cult than no religion at all?

      Yes, there have been studies that having a faith can lead to a more relaxed life, but there have also been studies that running, drinking a glass of wine, being a sports fan and a number of other things can gain one the same benefit as being a regular worshipper. A great many atheists find their calm in activities like these.

      March 2, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  13. ChangeYourName

    Athiesm is for lazy stupid people. It takes a very long time and dedication to read the holy books and see the wisdom and knowledge and why it's best for mankind. Something lazy stupid people won't do.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • sigh

      Please, people, resist the temptation to feed to obvious troll.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • Bobs Friend

      1 Peter 3:9
      "Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."

      March 2, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • JF

      I spend more time reading the Bible now that I'm no longer a believer. You'd be surprised what you can find in there. Try reading it sometime.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  14. ChangeYourName

    Hey Silverman.

    Why call your org American Athiests? Why not American Heathens or Infidels or Kafirs? You disbelievers are described by theses words in the holy books.

    Is it because calling yourself outright by those more accurate names scares the crap out of you? You can try as hard as you like to disbelieve but you can't escape the self-inflicted fear.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Because your holy books of crap are completely irrelevant and do not apply to atheists.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      You're a comple idiot ChangeYourName!! It was people of your belief system that flew places in to buildings and people of your belief system that do suicide bombings and kill women and stone...funny that we're in the wrong for saying that without evidence we don't have reason to believe when we are not out there killing or causing harm in the name of disbelief. You're quite the hypocrite.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:50 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      To correct my spelling so it makes sense: (too early in the morning)
      "You're a complete idiot ChangeYourName!! It was people of your belief system that flew planes in to buildings and people of your belief system that do suicide bombings and kill women and stone...funny that we're in the wrong for saying that without evidence we don't have reason to believe when we are not out there killing or causing harm in the name of disbelief. You're quite the hypocrite.

      March 2, 2012 at 4:01 am |
  15. hhmmm ok

    There's nothing more ironic and moronic than atheists proselytizing...

    March 2, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Crad

      I actually just found out from an athiest that thats actually what theyre supposed to do. I was confused about it because i thought athiesm meant you just didnt beleive in god, and you went about your way. But according to this athiest, their job is to spend the rest of their lives preaching to others and trying to convert believers to non believers. So now it makes sense. And athiests are the crazy bunch i always thought they were..

      March 2, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • Mkay

      I don't think they are proselytizing. I think they are speaking more to the non-believers.

      You don't have to pretend to be religious. It's okay to admit that you are a non-believer.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:35 am |
    • Bobs Friend

      I don't know if you've noticed, but this is Evangelical Atheist Central right here on this board.

      Hmm.. "Temple of The First Evangelical Atheists" nahh.

      "Evangelical Atheists International".. uhh.. nahhh

      "First Evangelical Ateists.. CNN Synod" NAAAHHHH

      March 2, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  16. ChangeYourName

    Hey Silverman

    March 2, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Hi there.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  17. Love It

    All atheists that lives today will die by next 90 years 🙂

    Say hello to hell 😉

    March 2, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • momoya

      You and god are going to pall around and joke about the millions of souls burning in hell for all eternity, right? Enjoy it.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • choicewasmine

      Whatever.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • IslandAtheist

      You've been brain washed to fear a fairy tale.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Bobs Friend

      @Love it:
      2 Peter 3:9
      "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

      Ez 18:23
      "Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?"

      March 2, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOr7sGUQLuQ&w=640&h=360]

      March 2, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Bobs Friend

      @Love it:
      All of these ppl here are well aware of the Christian theology of hell, not needing you to remind them. Different people require different approaches. It is true that some unsaved ppl repent as they consider that ultimately no one is going to get away with anything.

      But neither God nor His Children should ever celebrate the ultimate fate of unbelievers. Revelation records that when the Judgements are released, there will be utter silence in heaven.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      It can't help but be silent since it doesn't exist. Thats why it's always been silent aside from the dis-proven stories those sheep herders from the middle east would have you believe.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Given that children are born atheists, your are most likely wrong. But in any event, most believers alive today will also be dead in 90 years, so I fail to see your point.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  18. Christine / CA

    LOL the founder of 'American Atheist' (An old lady) got killed by another atheist.... LOOOOL that proves how stupid, silly and idiotic bigots they are. Keep killing each other!! HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHA

    March 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • momoya

      I'd rather be murdered than find humor in your statement. Or damned.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Know What

      Christine,

      ... and Abraham Lincoln was killed by an American.

      (I left off the LOOOOOOL, for you, you twit.)

      March 2, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • Yabochuk

      SHe mUSt OF LikED CooKIES

      March 2, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Stalin

      So what he was killed by an America... he could have been Atheist American your fá´g´gó´t

      March 2, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Know What

      Stalin,
      Lincoln's assassin was a Christian, as a matter of fact. I didn't want to addle @Christine any more than she already is by adding too much information.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • choicewasmine

      whatever

      March 2, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Crad

      I have actually sat in an argument between two athiests arguing about the concept of "good". Youd think they were a christian and an athiests. Neither one of them knew what they were talking about.. But it goes to show atheism is indeed a religion with different denominations.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Crad
      Not denominations, just different individual opinions about stuff. We like to call this "Freethinking" as opposed to adhering to rigid dogmas. All we share in common is a disbelief in gods.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • Crad

      There are plenty of freethinkers who believe in god. Ive sat and debated MANY things of spiritual nature with other believers, and fought about them. And this fit between athiests was about the concept of "good" where one accused the other of following a spiritual concept. Even the idea of faith. One athiest said he has faith in his family, and the other fired on him and said faith doesnt exist.. Trust me man, you have a one sided view about these things. Do you really think believers are all blind and just follow whatever theyre told? Thats called blind denial. Get real

      March 2, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Crad
      Sure there are, but not all believers are dedicated freethinkers, right?

      There is a difference between faith and confidence. Based on past experience you can have confidence in the character of your family members, but if some of them weren't the best of people sometimes and stood accused of something, then claiming to KNOW that they didn't do something wrong would require faith, because you know deep down that they could have done it, but you cannot allow yourself to believe that they did.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      I don't think crad comprehends for one second the meaning of the word Atheist or Theist or anything for that matter. To clarify...
      Atheist...disbelief in god(s)
      Theist...belief in god(s)

      Theism includes muslims, christians (of all 30000 plus sects) and any other group that has ever believed in a higher power.
      Atheism simply put, means we don't see enough valid evidence for any god or gods and until we do, there is not reason to believe. We (or most of us) would like to see world peace without the 'my god is better than your god' or the 'believe as I do or die/go to hell'. Most of us have read the buybull and thus have come to understand that as little good as there is in it, that good is outweighed by the bad. It doesn't take a genius or a book to tell us that murder is bad (yet the buybull condones murder) or that being nice to your neighbor is a good thing. The buybull teaches that in.cest is okay; that child abuse is okay; that opp.ression of women is okay; that being ho.mo.phobic is okay. We can't agree to worship an idol that would rather kill it's own son/self and then kill off thousands of others because it screwed up in the first place.
      How you dolts fail to see the bad is sad! Fortunately the buybull can't be used in a court to defend anyone and it is certainly not what the laws we live by are based on. You waste your lives waiting for something that can't be proven to exist and believe that as long as you repent you will be granted entrance in to a place that we know does not exist (no evidence to state otherwise). We spend our lives with the premise that this is the only one we are guaranteed of and thus we make the best of what we have.

      March 2, 2012 at 4:31 am |
  19. Metal

    so what is the atheists answer, to close their eyes to God's Word and all the secular recorded history of the Jews from historians, and they can view in museums in carved ancient rocks with writings, which has been backed up by archeology, what more proof do you need? before Armageddon the World will be anti God, and Armageddon will be God's final response to the unfaithful unbelieving human race

    March 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Al

      Here we go. It's the end of the world as we know it. Yes, again.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Even many Jews know that the history is bs. There is still not one shred of proof of the Exodus and thats not the only thing that Science and reality have dis-proven in that book of fiction.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • choicewasmine

      Whatever...

      March 2, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      And what proof are you referring to? More writing? Lots of amazing characters have been developed in literature, including gods. That's where the concept of 'fiction' comes from.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Crad

      Oh yeah. Theres a whole lot more evidence and proof of god then there is for none. At least believers have some foundation to stand on. Athiests just out of the blue one day said "god doesnt exist and were 100 percent sure of it".. If you ask me, THAT sounds crazy and illogical.. Talk about a man made myth..

      March 2, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Crad
      What do you consider evidence and proof of God?

      Speaking of myths, why are all the thousands of other gods just myths and yours isn't? They aren't popular anymore like yours?

      March 2, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • Crad

      Look at what you would call evidence. Not proof, evidence. I think you are confusing the point. And who said other peoples gods were myths? There is more than one truth. Just because you are used to how things work on earth doesnt mean thats how it is in the univers. There are multiple dimensions and multiple truths. Did it ever occur to you that god appears in different forms and different tongues to ach different people? There is only one god but he speaks in many different tongues. Good night brother

      March 2, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Crad
      I consider the mountains of evidence pointing to only natural causes of things in the universe pretty a convincing argument against the likelihood of it's being artificially created by some being from another dimension. Now I'll ask again, what evidence do you have?

      Are you arguing that other gods, like Zeus, could have been real and avatars of one god? That's Hinduism, right?

      Have a good night.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  20. Swedish Erik

    I live in Sweden where the majority of people are secular, Atheists/Agnostics; yet none of us fight with religious people at all, or are against any religion. Perhaps we still baptise our children for cultural reason, happy to be off for Easter/Christmas for fun, and go to cathedral like going to a museum. Why can't you American atheist be the same as us Swedes?! Please answer.

    If Atheists stop attacking religion/religious people, then maybe religious will stop too?

    March 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Believers have been in control, and attacking non believers, for over 2000 years. Seems to me it's time for them to shut the f.u.ck up and assume the same role as astrologers.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Laval

      0G- Very Atheist of you telling people to "shut the F up". I thought Atheists were more muture....

      March 2, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Godoflunaticscreation

      Swedish Erik, In the U.S it's very different. The religious in the U.S are the oppressors and this backlash is a direct result of that. All Atheists have religious friends.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Shemm

      How do you know they attacked nonbelievers for over 2,000 years ? Did you live back then?
      Ohh I thought you don't believe in things that happened 2,000 years ago

      March 2, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • Swedish Erik

      But why don't you Atheist ignore them and be cultural Christians like us? Christian holidays are still family time and fun. We all love it. What's wrong with Christianity anyway.... it's not Islam dude.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • R Island

      Don't you have cultural for islam in sweden?. Don't you celebrate mohammed/ allah?

      March 2, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Crad

      Nogods. In case you missed it, when jesus hung on a cross it was because non believers were attacking believers. I know you like making up history but at least be a little more creative

      March 2, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      The first thing that the Christians did once they rose in power was start killing those who were pagans (atheists to their god, but still theists) and heretics (basically, the 'wrong' type of Christians). Before science could explain the world without the need for gods there were few complete atheists, but our numbers appear to be rising as exponentially as the level of human knowledge.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • JC

      it's because atheists are criticized in America.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Crad

      Im glad you are reveling in your newfound knowledge. Unfortunately, we are stepping backwards. Our current time is actually very backwards. Especially when people think knowledge is king. Wisdom is what you need, and many many people are very very far from being wise. Equating knowledge with being spiritually advanced is pretty messed up..

      March 2, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Oh Yeah

      Swedish Erik
      Christian holidays are all secular nowadays anyway. Just excuses to shop. Besides, all the fun parts are the ones stolen from the pagan holidays they're cloned from like chocolate eggs, Christmas trees, the Easter Bunny, Santa, ...

      March 2, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts or goblins

      Merely replying in kind to many, many believers.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:32 am |
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