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First on CNN: Atheist group targets presidential candidates' faith with billboards
A billboard criticizing Christianity is going up in Charlotte, North Carolina, host city of the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
August 13th, 2012
10:03 AM ET

First on CNN: Atheist group targets presidential candidates' faith with billboards

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - A prominent atheist group is using next month's Democratic National Convention to take aim at the presidential candidates' religion, putting up billboards targeting Mormonism and Christianity in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Our political system is rife with religion and it depends too much on religion and not enough on substance," said David Silverman, president of American Atheists, sponsor of the ads.

"Religion is silly and religion has components that are inherently divisive. … There is no place for any of that in the political system,” he said.

The billboards go up Monday in Charlotte and will stay up for a month at a cost of roughly $15,000. The Democratic convention runs September 3-6.

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The billboard targeting Christianity features an image of Jesus Christ on toast and this description of the faith: "Sadistic God; Useless Savior, 30,000+ Versions of ‘Truth,’ Promotes Hates, Calls it ‘Love.’ ”

The billboard targeting Mormonism lambastes - and, Mormons would say, distorts - specific Mormon doctrines: "God is a Space Alien, Baptizes Dead People, Big Money, Big Bigotry.”

The Mormon billboard features a man in white underwear, a reference to special Mormon garments.

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Both billboards feature the line "Atheism: Simply Reasonable."

American Atheists had wanted to put the anti-Mormon billboard in Tampa, Florida, to coincide with the Republican National Convention there later this month. Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is a Mormon. When no billboard company in the city would lease the group space for such a sign, Silverman said the organization decided to focus solely on the Democrats in Charlotte.

“Presidential conventions are for ideas, not ideology - platforms, not platitudes," Silverman said. "If a person believes stupid things, we have every right to question his or her judgment, and that directly impacts how the nonreligious voter votes.”

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Some religious leaders said the billboards showed a misunderstanding of how faith works.

"That billboard makes the most common high-school error when it comes to atheism," wrote the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author, in an e-mail to CNN. "It's not arguing against the existence of God, but against religion. The American Atheists need to go back to school on this one."

Martin also questioned the language used on the billboard: "And as for 'promoting hate' they're doing a bang-up job themselves with that billboard."

Terryl Givens, a Mormon professor at the University of Richmond, called American Atheists "petty and vindictive."

“If this example of adolescent silliness is what atheists mean by being reasonable, then neither Mormons nor other Christians have much to worry about," he said of the billboards. "When atheists organize to serve the poor and needy of the world, they will be taken more seriously."

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It's not the first time the American Atheists group has released in-your-face billboards. Earlier this year, the group put up two billboards in heavily Muslim and Jewish enclaves in New Jersey and New York bearing messages in Arabic and Hebrew.

“You know it’s a myth … and you have a choice,” the billboards said. At the time, Silverman said the signs were intended to reach atheists in Muslim and Jewish areas who may feel isolated because they are surrounded by believers.

In addition to the billboards, Silverman said his group plans to stage protests at both conventions.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Atheism • Barack Obama • Christianity • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (7,477 Responses)
  1. TheBigSarge

    "if, as i believe, there is a God, and i live a wholesome devout life, helping others whein i can, we all benefit. if there is no God, and i live a wholesome life helping others when i can, we all win." – something i read a long time ago.

    -TheBigSarge

    August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Angela

      It would be difficult for most I believe to deny a God, but it is very very easy to deny religions.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      Unfortunately, "wholesome and devout" in Christian-speak usually means marginalizing everyone else.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • BRC

      true, but devotion to the delief in a god is not required to lead a life that benefits others. ANd unfortunately, belief in a god too often gets conflated with following a religion, which often enough does harm.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Just sayin'

      People are free to believe anything that they want to, but any unfounded belief in a "sky fairy" should not be imposed on others, nor should this silly belief be a basis for legal issues, political discussions, or governmental management.

      We atheists are perfectly capable of living a wholesome, helpful life, even without the threat of eternal damnation to influence our actions. Would you act the same with no incentives of reward or punishment?

      August 13, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Miles

      Oh we could nitpick this to death but the basic idea should be clear. Big thumbs up Sarge.

      August 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • saywhaaa

      Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

      Thomas Jefferson

      August 14, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  2. t3chsupport

    Agnostics find you both hilarious. Exasperating, but hilarious.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • TheBigSarge

      i find agnostics to be humorous, myself. i mean, c'mon, these twits can't even make up their mind.

      -TheBigSarge

      August 13, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • t3chsupport

      Our secret handshake is a shrug.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      Yeah, your ambivalence won't save you from the Fiery Inferno!

      August 13, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Sam

      You have to admire the courage of these groups that stand up to generations of rigid religions which have had a stranglehold on our society for much too long. It is well past time to include all people in Gods plan and not just the ones that the Christian right selects. Once we do that, then we can also include them into our country and give them their God given rights. Christianity has been a road block for civil rights for all for much too long.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  3. SATCH

    A study by Yale astronomer Pieter van Dokkum just took the estimated number of stars in the universe—100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

    ,...the Reverend above and most Religions say Atheists are the Narccisists? ROFLMAO

    So, the Billoards Co's. in Tampa are censoring Free Speech during a big RNC debate: Look what I found:

    Clear Channel: (One of the largest billboard companies in the U.S.)

    Clear Channel Communications, Inc. is an American mass media company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Founded in 1972 by Lowry Mays and Red McCombs, the company was taken private by BAIN CAPITAL , LLC in a leveraged buyout in 2008.

    Clear Channel is the largest owner of full-power AM, FM, and shortwave radio stations and twelve radio channels on XM Satellite Radio, and is also the largest pure-play radio station owner and operator.

    Hicks, Clear Channel's former vice-chairman, is a past donor to George W. Bush's political campaigns and a close associate of the Bush family. Hicks is the founder of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, the private-equity firm that funded many of Clear Channel's antecedent companies, including most significantly CapStar, Chancellor Media and AM-FM, Inc..

    See, the have's run everything and the have nots can't even get a billboard up for fear of offending the Religious delusional in this country. There may be a God, but all RELIGIONS are B-S.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  4. Mick

    "(The billboard) is not arguing against the existence of God, but against religion. The American Atheists need to go back to school on this one."
    Of course it's arguing against religion. That's the whole point of it...to show the ridiculous beliefs held by the candidates. Of course, most Americans also believe this stuff, so they're only getting people ticked off here...but that's beside the point.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  5. worldlypatriotusaveteran

    Free speech and truth hurts those who believe in the lies, delusions, and false promises of religious faith.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  6. frankb2910

    After 911 I stopped being respectful to other peoples beliefs. Religion is the reason people get killed. You were dead for billions of years before you were born and you will be dead after you die. Get over it.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • TheBigSarge

      i got over it, once i realized i would be "reborn" into a perfect body for all eternity.

      -TheBigSarge

      August 13, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      Yeah, me too! I'm gonna ride unicorns on fluffy pink clouds forever and ever with TheBigSarge! 😀

      August 13, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  7. Freethinker

    Who cares, you believe your thing I'll do mine........end of matter. Get a life.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Know What

      Freethinker,

      Deal. Just keep your "thing" out of government, law and public policy.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  8. Peter

    I think I have seen it all!!!!!! We have people who don't believe in God now interpreting the Word of God. C’mon Man!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • josh

      the book was created by man not your false God

      August 13, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Peter

      The Bile was composed by Saint Jerome in the 4th Century and the Gospels and Epistles were chosen from many gospels and texts because they were believed to be divinely inspired. You don't get the luxury of interpertation if you are not part of the body of Christ.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      Ummm, interpreting the word of man, they don't believe in god and the bible is obviously not divine.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • jimmer

      "The Bile was composed by Saint Jerome in the 4th Century"

      And here I was thinking that it was supposed to be the divine word of god. Turns out some guy named Jerry penned it 400 years after the made up super hero croaked.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • hsgdsfsdf

      I completely agree. Why do all Athiests think they know everyhting lol. I find then the most unformed pople on the planet. None are capable of thinking for themselves and rely on reading comments from others. Just a big chain of lies and opinions. The end is not good for them no matter what either. Pascals wager.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • josh

      that doesn't prove anything. It's all left up to interpretation by mans thought process

      August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Peter

      Come ON! It IS divinely inspired. I mean seriously No first Century Jew, Pagan or Gentile would have come up with a Messiah born into poverty that was preaching to love your enemy. The Jews were looking for a rich and powerful Messiah to get rid of the Roman Occupation of Judea.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • josh

      and all it is bile

      August 13, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Kafir

      All one has to do is open up the bible to figure out what sort of character this god figure is. What's all this about "interpreting"? if it's not clear enough in the bible, maybe it's not all that important.

      August 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  9. rMarCb

    I love the comment - Silverman said. "If a person believes stupid things, we have every right to question his or her judgment..." . yes we have every right to question people who believe our entire existence just happened out of a big bang or ooze. I think it takes more faith to believe that than that there is a God.

    August 13, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • jesse

      The big bang is not an article of faith. The evidence is overwhelming that there was a sigularity in our universe. As for the ooze thing, I think your confusing abiogenisis with evolution. we only have ideas on how the first reproducing organism started. however, life on this planet has evolved over time. that is a fact.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • TheBigSarge

      both "big bang theories are correct.
      1) the tv show is hilarious.
      2) the universe did begin with a big bang from a quantum atom....my question to you though, who pressed the trigger?...perhaps God???!!!!

      -TheBigSarge

      August 13, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • saywhaaa

      It would take a whole heck of a lot more faith than I am in possession of for me to believe that you are not an ignoramus.

      August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  10. ViK100

    atheists don't want others to believe in God but they want to change people's minds to believe that they have the truth... I have witnessed the miracles of God and have hope. With God I have everything. What do they have?? They can keep lying to themselves and others. Once you have trully met God, there is no changing of minds so keep wasting your time.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • jimmer

      "Once you have trully met God"

      What does god look and sound like?

      August 13, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • josh

      yawn. really stupid to believe in a freakin book created to control the masses

      August 13, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Fact

      I have met God, also, and He is not Allah. My God has a Son named Christ. He died for every one of us – even those who nailed Him to the cross, yes, even unbelievers. When I finally realized I didn't have the answers to life and wanted peace and knew that there was no one who could prove God did or did not exist I turned to Him in faith and He opened my eyes to the truth. I didn't come on here to argue. Just giving testimony – I have met God.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • SciGuy73

      Actually, athiests want to show you that it is ok to think for yourself, to apply critical thinking and reason to the world around you, and then make an informed decision on your own.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      "Once you have truly met God" LOL, can I make an appointment:? 😀

      August 13, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • saywhaaa

      Would you maybe wan't to enlighten us with what miracles you have witnessed instead of blindly asserting their occurence?

      Photos and or recordings would also be amazing, and just so we are clear, do you have an understanding of the definition of a miracle?

      A miracle is an occurance that according to natural law should be impossible, transfiguration, transubstantiation, basically any suspension of the natural order.

      Things like "My grammy had cancer but then it went away, lalala miracle" are not actually miracles, although they can be very nice things to have happen.

      So go ahead, give us some examples of the miracles you have witnessed, providing that they meat the criteria above.

      August 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  11. RunfortheHills

    None of the two given examples attacks Obama. One attacks Romney as a Mormon, and the other attacks Christians.

    Is there one that attacks Islam somewhere that we're not seeing?

    August 13, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      Islam? Obama's a Hindu. Everyone knows that!

      August 13, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • TheBigSarge

      the muslem faith recognizes Jesus, and i dont mean the guy that does your lawn service. they merely see him as a prophet, although they believe that Christ will be the savior. interesting fact, eh?

      -TheBigSarge

      August 13, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  12. Jake-413451

    Is it offensive. Sure is.

    Is it untrue. Not one word.

    They just aren't hiding the truth under layers of 'nuance', see also: B.S.

    So the truth offends them, well I guess they had better stick with their lies.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  13. Fact

    KMar –
    I really don't think Christians are scared; they know where they are going to spend eternity. As for you and your perfect life, everything is relative. Consider this: we all have our opinions and beliefs and no one can prove theirs is correct. I lose nothing if I am a believer in Christ. According to Christ, you spend eternity in hell if you are not "born again" (His term). Don't pray for you?

    August 13, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • josh

      the bible was written by man a ficticious book

      August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      LOL, Believe, or I'll hurt you.
      What a cowardly argument

      August 13, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Bogus

      Your missing out on life. You are all so focused on everlasting life that you are completely missing this life. You know about as much about heaven as a dung beetle.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • SciGuy73

      But what happens if you've chosen to believe in the WRONG god? Almighty Thor doesn't take kindly to believers of other gods.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Pascal

      Pascal's wager is never an appropriate answer to someone questioning Christianity as it is not a simple "If I'm right and you're wrong" scenario. If you're right and I'm wrong, yes there is a punishment waiting for me; however, if someone of another faith is right and YOU are wrong, you're in for punishment as well. That is no more an argument to change from Christianity to Islam as it is to change from atheism to Christianity. The argument is fallacious in nature.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Dr. Steve

      If you practiced every religion that promised eternal torment for non-believers you wouldn't have much time for anything else.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Fact

      Pascal – if one studies religions, seriously looking at the facts, one will have a hard time disputing the truth of Christ and the claims He made (unless one remains blind through their own choice of denying the facts). When I chose to follow Christ I didn't know that He would verify what I believed through reading His written word, but that is exactly what happened. For me to deny the truth of the gospel would be like denying 1+1=2. Only those who's eyes are opened can see it. As stated in the bible:
      "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." Your argument is not with me; it is with God.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • jimmer

      Fact

      If you had been born and raised in Saudi Arabia, you would be muslim, and as certain in the divinity of Muhammad as you are in that of Jesus. You are merely geographically certain of your faith.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Kafir

      @ fact,

      the very statement of yours granting automatic acceptance that jesus even existed at all undermines your credibility. There's i virtually zero evidence of jesus' existence. The gospels themselves don't count because authorship has never been established, only speculated. So really, you're hanging your hat on a very flimsy, nay, nonexistent pole.

      August 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  14. mark ducharme

    most atheist and agnostics are on mood enhansers. Their reality doesn't look so good when not high.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • VEW2012

      Nonsense! I have never taken a mood enhancer in my life.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • CRH

      Wrong. If you want to know the truth then look up facts about atheists. I'm really tired of people telling me I'm on drugs (when I'm not), telling me I'm going to hell (I don't believe it exists), and telling me I hate god (I don't believe it exists).

      August 13, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • worldlypatriotusaveteran

      On mood enhancers? How would you know? Are you a licensed physician or pharmacist with access to the religious preferences of your patients?

      Your statement is just as absurd as the supernatural event that sent your messiah, Jesus, to heaven.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Chris Durand

      False. I power through my depression and worries, whereas you apparently mask yours with your so-called Sky Bully.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Kafir

      You need to stop drinking from the holy water bowl. You don't know how many filthy babies were dunked in it.

      August 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  15. Mark

    David Silverman is a radical who gives people with similar beliefs a bad name. He's a loser. People can't help how they feel...if they don't believe in God, they don't believe in God. This guy is attacking religion, which is like attacking the idea of a fire department when you don't like red trucks. He has a twisted and demented mind. All he's going to do is make people angry, which in his messed up mind may be a victory. I feel sorry for peaceful people who do not believe in God who are automatically associated with this guy.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Kafir

      Nothing wrong with ridiculing ridiculous beliefs.

      August 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Miles

      This is the one I really hate, This is an incredibly complex subject and I really wish people who haven't spent a few hundred hours in class and readings would bloody leave it alone.

      The unvarnished truth in a very shortened fashion. Hitler was not an atheist, nor a christian. He was raised as a christian but that meant nothing in his adult life. He believed strongly in providence and fate (not an atheist belief). He believed in Jesus Christ (no big surprise, he hated Jews, so this became another of his reason, the Jews killed Christ). He intensely hated the churches. The Catholics (local not Vatican) were very strong in Germany and managed to defeat Hitler on some policy issues (the biggie was the euthanizing of the mentally ill). Hitler planned the destruction of the churches after he won the war and would create a new church, specifically Aryan in nature, with Jesus (who he considered an Aryan) at its head. Most religions didn't suffer in Germany during the war, less so in occupied nations. The exception that suffered the most, after the Jews, was the Jehovah Witnesses. Still, Hitlers murders were solely about power, religion was not a factor in his massacres. His hatred of churches stemmed from their power with the people, not from theology.

      Stalin, raised religious, died religious. If you do some reading on the end of Stalin's life, he had a considerable number of believers in his inner circle. He wrote religious themed poetry. There is little mention of Stalin actually expounding on atheism, it was party policy but didn't drive any of the progroms. Power once again was the reason for Stalin's massacres, with many examples of this, not the least the destruction of the officer core. Stalin's death toll includes millions of deaths due to starvation, attributable to the inept concept of the 5 year plan. On the other hand, without Stalin, WWII is lost (that brutal 5 year plan allowed Russia to industrialize in record time, and make the Soviets capable of handling Hitler), making for an ugly either or situation.

      I could go on with Pol Pot (who really cannot be called an atheist in any regular sense, but you should already get the idea.

      Christians would be better off pointing out that many of their wars had similar motives (although not all) and that the Crusaders were just as willing to brutalize and rob their own people as they were kill the Muslims, they treated booty equally.

      August 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Miles

      Oops somehow that ended one thread up, sorry.

      August 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  16. Elise

    The Atheist Soviets an the Atheist Pol Pot and Mao kiled many times more people in modern times than all the religious leaders combined. The Kims of North Korea are atheist too as are the Castro Brothers – militant athesits. So no, I don't consider people reasonable just because they are atheist.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      Me either, and I am an atheist, being an atheist does not mean that person is reasonable.

      Your examples of Stalin, Pol Pot are lacking, they did not act because of or in the name of atheism.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • jimmer

      Yeah, and Hitler was christian, what's you point?

      Nobody has ever killed in the name of not believing.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      Well the day ain't over yet.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Gaunt

      Your knowledge of history is as poor as your logic. neither Stalin nor Pol Pot were Athiests. Mao was, as was lenin.

      Not that your point, even if it were accurate, had any relevance. None of these people killed in the name of, because of, or for Athiests. While the people who have killed in the name of or for religion are (and continue to be) legion.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • jimmer

      "Well the day ain't over yet"

      Yes, plenty of time to burn some witches.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Fact

      Jimmer- let's get something straight here. Hitler was not a Christian. He used what he wanted from Christian thought to try to achieve his goals. Christians defend Jews because they are God's chosen people. As for the other mass murderers, they were not Christians either.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • jimmer

      "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows . For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people."

      Adolf Hitler.

      Hitler murdered non-christians, g a y s, immigrants and atheists.

      The only people he did not exterminate were caucasian christians.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  17. jr66

    I am an atheist and like most of us, I am in the closet. Why? Because it is not safe to admit that you can not believe because it makes no rational sense to me. I have read the Bible and studied world religions. I am sure I know much more about the history of the Christian faith and the Bible than most of my religious friends. I also know that there is a real good chance that I could be shunned because of my beliefs.

    In response to some of the writers, I am not angry. I have been married for forty four years, am a respected member of my community, and highly ethical. I am a rule follower.

    I am not in support of these billboards but I would certainly love to live in a world that I felt free to express my beliefs without fear or reprisal and that science could continue to advance without being held back by ancient beliefs.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • SciGuy73

      Ramen, Brother. Hope to see you at the next Reason Rally where you can 'come out' and be with tens of thousands of friends who feel as you do.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      Show some guts and come out of the closet already!

      August 13, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • chris

      funny... that's exactly how I feel as a Christian.

      August 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  18. willie

    Athiest, get a life and belife in God. You have a great uphill battle if you think us defenders of the Christian faith will join you. No, we will not join you. Athiest you are wasting your time and energy.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • jimmer

      We don't want delusional dimwits like you to join us. We simply enjoy pointing out how absurd it is to live your life based on a 2000 year old work of fiction.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • josh

      must be nice to believe in book created to control the masses. just a ficticious book created by man.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • LinCA

      @willie

      May I recommend you try second grade again?

      August 13, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Gaunt

      Science makes men fly.

      Religion makes men fly into buildings.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  19. mattmchugh

    American Atheists annoys me.

    They are in good position to actually promote rationality in public discourse, but instead they just take childish potshots at religion, winning no converts and alienating potential sympathetic. Put simply, they're as closed-minded, judgmental, and dogmatic as the "irrational" faith systems they claim to oppose.

    We desperately need standard-bearers for reasonability. American Atheists, you are blowing your chance to become that.

    - mm

    August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      Excellent point. Do you think there is any validity to the assertion some Christians make that even as common a characteristic as civility is unattainable unless one has a spirit towards such?

      August 13, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • SciGuy73

      I am an athiest, and I too question their methods sometimes. I didn't have a problem with the 'You have a choice' billboards. But these new ones seem to just be antagonistic.

      August 13, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Kafir

      If the beliefs they ridicule are inherently ridiculous, the fault lies not with those ridiculing them.

      August 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  20. palintwit

    Teabaggers are always mooning each other. It's hilarious. They all have a "Don't Tread on Me" flag tattooed on their buttocks.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Ha!

      Wow, you have really seen that many butts?!
      BTW, what's on yours – a hammer and sickle brand?

      August 13, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • TheBigSarge

      i would not mind checking out sarah palin's flag 🙂 yum!!!

      -TheBigSarge

      August 13, 2012 at 11:04 am |
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