October 9th, 2013
02:27 PM ET

Creationists taunt atheists in latest billboard war

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN)– A new video billboard in New York's Times Square has a message from creationists, "To all of our atheist friends: Thank God you're wrong."

The video advertisement at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan is one of several billboards going up this week in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, paid for by Answers in Genesis.

Answers in Genesis is best known as the multimillion-dollar Christian ministry behind the Creation Museum outside Cincinnati.

The museum presents the case for Young Earth creationism, following what it says is a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis, which says the Earth was created by God in six days less than 10,000 years ago.

Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, said the idea for the advertisements came from an atheist billboard in Times Square at Christmas.

During the holidays, the American Atheists put up a billboard with images of Santa Claus and Jesus that read: "Keep the Merry, dump the myth."

“The Bible says to contend for the faith,” Ham said. “We thought we should come up with something that would make a statement in the culture, a bold statement, and direct them to our website.

"We're not against them personally. We're not trying to attack them personally, but we do believe they're wrong," he said.

"From an atheist's perspective, they believe when they die, they cease to exist. And we say 'no, you're not going to cease to exist; you're going to spend eternity with God or without God. And if you're an atheist, you're going to be spending it without God.' "

Dave Silverman, president of the American Atheists, said he felt sad for creationists when he saw the billboards.

"They refuse to look at the real world. They refuse to look at the evidence we have, and they offer none," Silverman said. "They might as well be saying, 'Thank Zeus you're wrong' or 'Thank Thor you're wrong.' "

Silverman said he welcomed another competitor to marketplace, noting that after atheists bought a billboard two years ago in Times Square that read "You KNOW it's a myth," the Catholic League purchased competing space at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel for a sign that read "You KNOW it's true."

"I would suggest, if they're actually trying to attract atheists, they should talk about proof and reason to believe in their god, not just some pithy play on words," Silverman said.

Ham says part of the goal of the campaign is to draw people to the website for Answers in Genesis, where he offers a lengthy post on his beliefs for the proof of God.

Ham insists that this campaign is in keeping with their overall mission. "We're a biblical authority ministry. We're really on about the Bible and the Gospel. Now, we do have a specialty in the area of the creation account and Genesis because that's where we say God's word has come under attack."

Ham said Answers in Genesis made the decision to split its marketing budget for the ministry between a regional campaign for the museum and this billboard campaign, rather than a national campaign.

IRS filings for the ministry in recent years have shown a yearly operating budget of more than $25 million. Ham said the marketing budget is about 2% of that, about $500,000 a year. Though they are waiting for all the bills to come due for this campaign, he said he expected it to cost between $150,000 and $200,000.

Silverman noted that his billboards were not video and cost approximately $25,000 last year.  He said another campaign was in the works for this year.

"They're throwing down the gauntlet, and we're picking it up," Silverman said, adding that his group would "slap them in the face" with it.

Ham said that despite criticism from other Christians for being negative and the usual criticisms from secularists he received on his social media accounts, the advertisements have been a success.

"We wanted people talking about them, and we wanted discussion about this. We wanted people thinking about God," Ham said.

The Creation Museum and the theory of Young Earth creationism are widely reviled by the broader science community.

In a YouTube video posted last year titled "Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children," Bill Nye the Science Guy slammed creationism, imploring parents not to teach it to their children. "We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future," he said. "We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems."

The museum responded with its own video. 

For the past 30 years, Gallup Inc. has been tracking American opinions about creationism.

In June 2012, Gallup's latest findings showed that 46% of Americans believed in creationism, 32% believed in evolution guided by God, and 15% believed in atheistic evolution.

For as long as Gallup has conducted the survey, creationism has remained far and away the most popular answer, with 40% to 47% of Americans surveyed saying they believed that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years.

The Creation Museum said it recently welcomed its 2 millionth visitor since its opening in 2007.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Christianity • Creationism • New York • Science

soundoff (8,748 Responses)
  1. Creation


    November 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  2. Zidane

    Why can't Atheists focus on their own religion rather than bashing others? You can still do good in this world and abide by your own moral principles without having a diety to lead you to them. Its like Microsoft trashing Apple in their commercials...youve already admitted the other person has a better product.

    November 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Bullsh!t, it's not about competing products. It's because mentally ill delusional believers are allowed to vote and many want their lunacy to be the law of the land.

      November 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
    • Wait, What?

      I am utterly stunned by this comment. This article is about the mockery by a religious group, which is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you are saying. So is your point that not only should atheists not criticize something that we find to be a danger in this world, but we must also sit idly by when mocked openly? And make no mistake – we DO think that religion is dangerous. Atheism is the only sure-fire "cure" for any violence perpetrated in the same of "god," whichever one you subscribe to.

      November 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
      • Zidane

        I would rather stand idly by than disparage another person's religion be it atheism, buddist, or muslim. Yet the advertisements are disrespectful and based on the pictures CNN has posted, the Atheist ads – which Christians responded to in NYC- are very incendiary and thus my question...I am sure you can find disparaging ones against atheism posted by Christians. Oh, and regardless of whether we do away with religion we will still have wars in this world.

        November 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
        • Wait, What?

          Certainly, there would still likely be wars if all religion were eliminated, but you must agree that there would far fewer instances of war, and indeed so many examples of atrocities including, but not limited to: Islamic jihads, the torture and violent persecution of Christians, witch hunts, human sacrifices, the inquisition, parents "praying" instead of obtaining medical care for their very ill children, genital mutilation, "honor" killings, etc etc etc. A 1997 survey by the Federal Bureau of Prisons revealed that 75% of Americans identify themselves as Christian and 75% of federal prisoners identify themselves as Christian. Conversely, 10% of Americans identify themselves as atheist but only 0.2% of prisoners identify themselves as Christian. That said, I want to thank yo for this opportunity to engage in a thoughtful debate over the issue. So many of these threads deteriorate into name calling, but we need not do that. It is just frustrating for atheists and agnostics to witness so many injustices that we perceive to be caused by, or carried out, in the name of religion and that leads to anger.

          November 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          So you know for a fact that theists were responding to atheists, that there's no chance theists didn't start this?

          Why can't theists practice their cult's beliefs in the privacy of their own homes or cult clubhouses?

          November 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
        • ME II

          "I would rather stand idly by than disparage another person's religion be it atheism, buddist, or muslim."

          So you are condemning Atheists for not standing idly by when the article is about Theists not standing idly by, how's that work?

          November 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
      • Paul Bryce

        Could you send me some Historical data on when Atheism bettered the society it was in?

        November 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          Atheism is disbelief in a god; it is not an organized religion. So that is an incorrect comparison.

          November 13, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Logical default

      Because atheists have been oppressed for the past 2000+ years. They were tortured and killed for even considering not believing in a fairytale pipe dream god. Lets also not forget that atheism isn't a religion. It's just the rejection of YOURS.

      November 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • Chikkipop

        "Why can’t Atheists focus on their own religion rather than bashing others?"

        Why can't ALL people critique ALL ideas, and if they don't stand up to scrutiny, why should those ideas be respected?

        It matters that we debate ideas, and it matters when people will believe things without reason.

        November 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Opposing View

      They can't help themselves. It's because atheists are being used by Lucifer. Their job is to mislead and to deceive. And like any good follower, their reward is waiting for them... in hell...

      2 Timothy 3;13 – But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived...

      November 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • TFED69

      Atheism is NOT a religion.

      It refers to the real world of Nature in which we live in with hard calculable facts and validated hypothesis and theories rather than to be subjected to myth and mysticism that doesn't hold water.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  3. THE UNBELIEVERS (2013) - Official Movie Trailer (Richard Dawkins

    Press Release

    The Unbelievers – LA Dec 5, NY Dec 13

    The guy in the blue T shirt is in a CNN article too Science vs Religion


    November 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  4. Bull

    What evidence do you have that Jesus existed? Or that he was what the bible claims he was? It's the Cartisian circle (For you believers out there, a Cartisian circle is from philosophy...yet another subject you generally stick your heads in the sand about). They say they have proof...and all you have to do is put aside the reason you have worked your entire life to hone and accept that everything in this book (which has been edited and changed countless times), and was written 2000 years ago is true. No other groups' beliefs were correct.
    Here's the deal: believers cannot be talked to with reason.

    November 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • beauseafus

      There is actually little question from even mainstream historians who are not affiliated with any religious group that Jesus existed in real life. However His divinity on the other hand is nothing but hearsay written by guys generations after THE MAN (not the messiah) walked the earth. When you make uninformed posts like that without knowing all the facts its almost as bad as the Creationist who decide to just IGNORE what science and sound logic has come to show over time. We know that the earth is ROUND, we all know we are the result of EVOLUTION, and the same people who say those things also say that they are all but positive that Jesus was infact a real person, just without all that walking on water and other BS

      November 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
      • ET Iphone home

        Jesus exists. He's my friend and he lives in Puerto Rico. In facts thousands of Jesuses have existed.

        November 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
  5. So let's see the proof.

    To Opposing View: please support your position with some "evidence" other than quotes found in the Bible. I can't write a book saying that I am a God and then rely on that same book as proof of my divinity. Please provide ACTUAL evidence in the form of academically sound evidence. I'm not entire sure that I would *want* to worship a God who allows (or is impotent to stop) the tragedies that occur daily, but I am a realist. You show me the proof, you have another believer – it's as easy as that.

    November 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Ron50

      But that's the thing... if there had ever, ever been any real evidence there wouldn't be any believers.... it would be a fact, no belief involved.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  6. Amy

    The fact that the so-called faithful would spend their money on advertising, or worse – mockery, in Times Square instead of using that same money to help homeless people or some other act of generosity pretty much confirms my beliefs about religions and religious people. Way to set a good example....I think I'll stick with atheism.

    November 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • LVGyrl

      LOL...atheists spend more time and money on billboards about God than the churches do. Maybe they should focus and doing good and feeding the hungry.

      November 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • Logical default

        I call BS on that one. The church has billions, yet there are still over a billion starving worldwide. Do the math. No chance the atheists have more money than the church.

        November 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  7. A hearty thanks

    to young-earth creationists everywhere for helping to increase the number of atheists and agnostics at a fantastic rate!

    November 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Salero21

      For God one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years as good as a day. Thanks God you're so wrong!!
      Atheism is stupidity in Full bloom in any and all Seasons.

      November 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
      • Obvious

        You just proved that above statement's claim.

        Good job, fundie.

        November 13, 2013 at 7:33 am |
  8. Lionel


    November 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  9. Doris

    A speech by Bart Ehrman at Stanford about the story behind who changed the bible and why and the history of the bible and how they got tainted. He is a former Christian bible scholar who studied the bible and found the mistakes and became an agnostic.

    This speech is a must see for christians who ask questions like:
    Who wrote the gospels?
    Is the bible the word of God?
    Are there contradictions?
    Does the bible contain errors?
    Is there evidence or proof?

    Bart Ehrman holds a PhD magna cum laude from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


    November 12, 2013 at 10:50 am |
  10. Opposing View

    For Unbelievers, The Terror You Feel Now is Nothing Compared To The Terror You Will Feel Later…

    Most unbelievers and atheists are terrified of thinking about themselves going to hell or the lake. Which is why they avoid the subject like a plague and won't discuss it. But consider this… If you open your mind to that terror, and allow that terror to flow through you, then if the terror you feel now is enough to persuade you to get saved and to avoid going to the lake altogether, then it is terror that is well worth it… Because, in the end, you'll be thanking yourself for doing it. Trust me, it is better to feel a small amount of terror now, than to feel a greater and more everlasting terror later, when you splash into the flames of the lake and have to spend eternity in those flames wondering why you didn't take the way out while it was available.…

    Mark 9:43 – (Jesus speaking) And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell… 47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire…

    As the above scripture confirms, it is better to feel a small bit of terror now and be saved, than to try to avoid feeling any terror now, and be cast into the flames of hell and the lake at some later date…

    Romans 14:11 – As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God...

    Every unbeliever shall bow before the Lord. It is unavoidable. You can either do it now, voluntarily. Or do it later, involuntarily, before you are cast into the lake. But you shall indeed bow…

    November 12, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • HotAirAce

      As always, you spew 100% bullsh!t without giving anyone a single bit of actual evidence to support your supernatural claims.

      November 12, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      "Most unbelievers and atheists are terrified of thinking about themselves going to hell or the lake"

      No...flat out lie. atheists do not fear what they do not believe is there.

      That's just the first lie in your statement. there are many more.

      November 12, 2013 at 10:55 am |
      • Opposing View

        Atheist Rule #1: Denial is the first line of defense of any atheist. Deny anything you don't want to accept…

        You atheists are so predictable. LOL...

        November 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
        • Richard Cranium

          Disbelief is not denial.

          You are in denial...your bible is flawed, and if you read the bible, you will see the god described within is an impossibility.

          November 13, 2013 at 10:01 am |
        • Logical default

          Why are you in denial of the flying spaghetti monster? Without him you cannot be saved.

          How about this. Provide EVIDENCE that your viewpoint is anything more than wishful thinking and I'll consider believing it. You can't deny something that has no evidence. It doesn't exist by default. If you want to claim your view has merit, then prove it instead of using fear tactics and insulting non believers.

          November 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
        • Maxwell's Demon

          You don't understand the burden of proof, do you?

          November 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
    • doobzz

      "Most unbelievers and atheists are terrified of thinking about themselves going to hell or the lake."

      This is your opinion, not a fact. The rest of your post is bologna.

      November 12, 2013 at 10:55 am |
      • Opposing View

        "Hot Air Ace", "doobzz"...

        Atheist Rule #1: Denial is the first line of defense of any atheist. Deny anything you don't want to accept…

        You atheists are so predictable. LOL...

        November 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Please itemize the actual evidence we are denying. Let's see who is actually in denial.

          November 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
        • mulehead

          All you do is repeat the same mantra, over and over. This audience is more intelligent than the blind sheep you wish to subjugate. Like you I was once a believer, but when looking at the facts they simply do not hold up. Sell your lies elsewhere.

          November 14, 2013 at 8:04 am |
        • Paul Bryce

          You were never a believer just a seeker who never found a relationship with Christ.

          November 14, 2013 at 9:26 am |
        • doobzz

          You Christians are so predictable. You think you know what everyone else thinks and feels.

          November 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • dillonb1950

      We can't be terrified of Fairy tales and things that are simply not true and of things that YOU have absolutely no evidence for except that some delusional person wrote in one of the most violent books in history. You guys need help ...seriously...lol

      November 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Logical default

      Beware the noodly appendage of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It is only by his meatballs that ye can be saved from eternal damnation! I read that in an old book, so it must be true!

      In His name forever,


      November 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Logical default

      Fear is totally a valid reason to believe a complete guess in the dark... right... Lets believe it just in case. Well I'll just say back to you that you should love and fear Zeus. Without him lightning cannot strike and storms cannot form. Bow to his mighty hand or face eternity electrocution.

      November 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Maxwell's Demon

      1. Childish threats aren't convincing.
      2. No, we're not terrified by something that we don't believe exists.

      November 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  11. andrew

    Some phony-fake christians just like to argue and fight – it makes them very happy to scream at others.
    Many atheist love to fight and argue with everyone about everything.
    Many Muslims are so confused they just ignore all of the other faiths and choose to separate out rather than be friends,
    Sometimes, I wish we could throw them all in a giant arena – maybe on the moon – and let them all kill each other and be done with them for good.
    Otherwise we just gotta keep watching them knife each other in the backs and stink up the place – makes 'em happy to have somebody to despise and hope to die!
    Heaven is going to be a real mess. I do not want to go to such a heaven wherein these reside.

    November 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • dillonb1950

      And what about people like you...who focus all their energy on providing negative solutions and offering nothing because you have no mind to think and ask questions and try to provide solution focused answers based on EVIDENCE to the questions at hand. An atheist believes in the absence of god because there is NO evidence to support gods existence. The bible is not evidence no more than the greek mythologies are evidence of god. Science vs religion....who ya gonna call when you have serious illness for the cure....

      November 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
      • Opposing View

        dilionb1950… Atheists are also liars. There always has been evidence that God exists (Jesus Christ himself is all the evidence you need) only not the kind of evidence atheists are willing to accept. But rather than to admit that fact, to admit that there is no evidence they're willing to accept, atheists prefer to simply lie about and to say there is no evidence. Which means, they're not only liars and deceivers, but are "pathological" liars at that…

        And to further confirm just how delusional atheists are, the guiding principal of an atheist is to never ever believe anything for which there is no proof. Well, why do atheists believe there is no God then? They have zero proof about that, yet they still believe it. Which only proves that atheists are not only liars, but they also don't even follow their own rules. LOL...

        November 12, 2013 at 11:10 am |
        • HotAirAce

          Ok, let's assume that jesus can be evidence that your god exists. Now all you have to do is provide actual evidence for a divine jesus. I look forward to yet another failure.

          November 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
        • dillonb1950

          First of all you have NO authority to calim what stheists believe or dont believe because you aren't one. Many of us have lived on both sides of this coin and found too much BS and began asking "how do you know this?" Having never been given an answer that isnt fairy tale in nature we began looking for real truth and finding it. Even if jesus were a real person he didnt say many of the things and probably much much more than what has been found recently by comparing old copies of the gospels and manuscripts from the first and second centuries. Watch all of this video...I dare you.

          November 13, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • Opposing View

      Andrew… You are deceived. Darkness and light cannot co-exist. Whenever light encounters darkness, and darkness encounters light, a battle always ensues. One must overtake the other, but they cannot co-exist. Evil will not exist in heaven. Nor will anything good exist in hell. Plus, you seem to forget, this whole thing started with a battle. When Lucifer first sinned by getting a thought against God, the bible says "there was a great war in heaven" and Lucifer was defeated and cast out. So until Judgment Day arrives, there will always be battles between darkness and light. Battles are normal. So if you're not in a battle, then you're not even saved….

      Jude 1:3 – It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith ("contend" means to "fight" and "to defend") which was once delivered unto the saints…

      November 12, 2013 at 11:01 am |
      • Science Works

        OV have an answer yet to the Origin of life paper ?

        Still full of BS ?

        November 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
      • Science Works

        From Science Daily news OV.

        I do sat you are full of BS !

        Fast-Mutating DNA Sequences Shape Early Development; Guided Evolution of Uniquely Human Trait

        Nov. 10, 2013 — What does it mean to be human? According to scientists the key lies, ultimately, in the billions of lines of genetic code that comprise the human genome

        November 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
      • Logical default

        LOL. You are a complete joke. You can't prove ANYTHING you are claiming. "The bible says" isn't a valid reason to believe. If god wanted me as a follower, he knows how easy it would be to reach out and convince me. Since he hasn't done this for me or the millions of other rational folks, there's a very likely probability that he doesn't exist as the bible claims.

        November 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  12. Opposing View

    God Has All Power In His Hands. Lucifer Has None. So What Makes You Think Lucifer Will Win…

    Jesus said – "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (Matthew 28:19). Thus, the eternal God holds all power in the universe in the palm of his hands. All of it. And Lucifer holds none of that power. Even the small bit of power Lucifer does has (the power to rule over the earth) God gave it to him – for a time. But rest assured, there is a day coming when God shall take back that power, and Lucifer shall be cast into the lake (Revelation 20:10). And if Lucifer shall be defeated, along with all those who has sided with him, then only a fool would stand on the side with Lucifer. Unfortunately, the earth is not lacking of fools…

    My point is, if you already know that Lucifer is going to lose. Then why not get on the side of the winner….

    As an expansion of that thought… everything that has happened in the universe, from the beginning of time up until now, has all happened according to the will of God and his desire. For if he had not desired it, then it would not have happened. Even the fall of Lucifer was planned and predicted. The fall of Adam. The plummeting of mankind into sin. The destruction of the early earth and the flood of Noah. The birth of Jesus Christ and the start of the Church. The rebelliousness of this age and the rise of sin. All has been planned and predicted by the eternal God himself. Nothing has been coincidence. So basically, the eternal God is just sitting back executing his plan. And the real beauty of it is, he already knows how things are going to turn out. He already knows that he's going to win. He's already seen the end from the beginning, and there is nothing he doesn't know. The scriptures say he even sees your thoughts afar off. Meaning, he knows what you're going to do before you do it. He knows what you're going to think before you think it. So it is impossible to deceive him. He is God after all. And that is the problem with atheists. Atheists have no clue or understanding of what a real God is. They've been watching too much TV. Has seen too many scientific reports. And has been to too many movies. Atheists have gotten so caught up in the fantasies of man – Zeus, Thor, or whatnot – that it has distorted their understanding of reality. Thus, when the real God shows up (on Judgment Day) they will realize blatantly, how wrong they were, and how terrifying he is. Worse, how they were eternally wrong for ever getting a thought about him…

    For example, most people on earth has never seen a spiritual devil. Devils are so horrible looking and so terrifying visually, that if most people would see one they'd have a heart attack. They are far worse than in the movies. My point is, those devils in all of their terror, when they even "think" of the eternal God, the bible says "they tremble". For who can make a devil tremble? Who can make a devil feel fear? That illustrates the terror of the Lord. Yet, atheists are so simple-minded, and so delusional in conceit, that they have no fear of the Lord because his terror is currently unknown to them. But there is a day coming when they shall know that terror. The bible states that even the earth shall tremble at his wrath, that all nations shall not be able to abide his indignation, and that at his appearance the earth and the heavens themselves shall flee. That is the God whom I serve. And it is an honor to serve him, and I do it willingly. But woe to all those who stand on the opposite side. So I highly recommend you to get on the side of the winner…

    2 Corinthians 5:11 – Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God...

    November 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Blah blah blah. More crap from The Babble and still no actual evidence for any of your delusions. Have you seen a doctor yet?

      November 12, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • sam stone

      god hold all the power, but refuses to get rid of evil

      what a pr1ck

      November 12, 2013 at 5:45 am |
    • Ron50

      No god, no lucifer. See they go together, you must be a slow learner.

      November 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  13. Bart V.

    How in keeping with the core teachings of Christ is it , to spend thousands on a billboard to express opposition to another point of view, while homelessness , hunger, & despair are found in every corner of the nation.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Jokeingjoe

      That is their problem, I have noticed that many Christians do not respond to Christ's teachings To Love your neighbor and even love your enemies. Both are difficult, But if we all practiced that, wars would soon end. But many Christians prefer to call names to convince others of their beliefs.And of course republicans don't want to spend any money on the poor,(they have to pull themselves up by their boot straps) well what if you don't have any boot straps? I turned athiest at the tender age of 75. Gods punishment putting someone in hell for eternity Ha some love!!

      November 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • Paul

      "How in keeping with the core teachings of Christ is it , to spend thousands on a billboard to express opposition to another point of view, while homelessness , hunger, & despair are found in every corner of the nation"

      Yes, God does command us to take care of the poor, the widows, the orphans, etc, but He also commands us to go into the world and make desciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:19).

      November 12, 2013 at 12:00 am |
  14. Salero21

    Thanks to God in Heaven that atheism is stupidity in Full bloom in any all Seasons!!

    November 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • espresso54

      You are the best witness for jeebus. Hundreds of people must have converted to xtianity based on your post.

      November 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • Logical default

      Everyone needs to click "report abuse" for this tool. He's been spamming that message for 50 pages now, while bringing no argument or facts to the table, just flat out insults.

      November 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
      • Salsero21

        You just proved me right!

        November 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  15. dazzy

    'For jesus siad come unto me'

    'For jesus loveth Bukkake'

    -Matthew 11:69

    November 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  16. bioflavinatin nation

    The cable network last year fired two producers, sacked correspondent Peter Arnett, split up its investigative team, issued a public apology to veterans and the estate of Richard Nixon, plastered a harsh retraction on its Web site and installed a new quality control vice president, yet its Operation Tailwind debacle refuses to stay safely consigned to the past.

    In the year since it aired the report, CNN has already paid costly settlements to 11 veterans who appeared on it. The network still faces nine defamation suits, filed in courthouses in Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Little Rock, Ark., and other places. On July 20, a judge in Washington, D.C., ruled over CNN’s objections that two of the nine suits can proceed and depositions should begin
    matt fleisher

    November 11, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  17. Observer

    While ms stone biovlavinates out of self-pity for years because she decided she wants to burn, and god is going to accommodate her, let us pray a prayer of deepest regret.

    God, we tried. Have no mercy on this devil. Thank you! Especially for her stated intentions to harm an innocent child, make her pay with the harshest punishment here and in her next, final destination

    Bye sweetie!

    November 11, 2013 at 8:45 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "Biovlavinate" is a perfectly cromulent word.
      You gots more gooder wordiness than I done has.

      November 11, 2013 at 8:53 am |
    • sam stone

      come and get me, punk

      November 11, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • WASP

      how very christian of you. i'm sure your murderous god will be proud of you.

      November 11, 2013 at 8:56 am |

    "I would suggest, if they're actually trying to attract atheists, they should talk about proof and reason to believe in their god, not just some pithy play on words," Silverman said.

    Let's talk about Proof and Reason, and thus unmistakably and clearly understand that
    there is only One Real GOD, Mr. Silverman!


    November 11, 2013 at 4:09 am |
  19. JL

    I've got no issue with atheists not believing in God and even thinking religious people are wrong / insane.

    What I have an issue with is the silliness and hypocrisy of these atheists in focusing most of their attention on Christians. A lot of you clowns haven't been around the world and seen what happens when Islam meets any other faith (or atheism). There is always bloodshed. However, you are careful to not offend muslims because you KNOW that there will be consequences.

    So you hate religion, and instead of picking on the religion in which zealots go around beheading people, you pick on the one in which the zealots come on TV and say something you don't agree with.

    Nice...Very brave of you.

    November 11, 2013 at 12:55 am |
    • Observer


      Muslims aren't the ones in our country trying to force their religious beliefs in our schools and government buildings.
      Muslims aren't the ones in our country hypocritically leading the fight to deny equal rights to gays.
      Muslims aren't the ones in our country pretending the Bible mentions abortion so they can call legal doctors "murderers".

      November 11, 2013 at 12:59 am |
    • i believe not

      have you considered the case where most of the people who are most outspoken about their religion and/or want to spread their religion in this country is/are Christians? you don't see muslims/Buddhist/jews/hinduist/whateverist going on to local TV or radio station everyday to talk about whatever it is that their religion want to impart. you are a hypocrite. you intentionally isolate a specific group of atheists. not all atheist hate religion, some of them just don't care.

      November 11, 2013 at 2:00 am |
    • sam stone

      i think all religions are silly, and i will challenge any poster of any faith

      however, christianity is a far greater danger to my country (the united states) than islam, or any other

      November 11, 2013 at 6:21 am |
      • Observer


        Is she the funniest idiot u have ever seen? Absolutely right, honey. Christianity is far more dangerous than everything.

        To your soul, my love. FIRE

        Ain't no threat, beloved. God never threatens. It is a guarantee. Promise. U will c. Very soon. Very very soon.

        Have fun biovlaiting donkey puncher. Prison then hell!

        November 11, 2013 at 8:39 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          What exactly is "biovlaiting"?
          Sounds like some kind of pseudo-scientific yogurt ingredient....

          November 11, 2013 at 8:51 am |
        • sam stone

          suck a 12 gauge, gash

          November 11, 2013 at 8:52 am |
        • ET Iphone home

          You should learn the English language before attempting to make logical points. You are essentially telling him he's going to hell because he acknowledges the fact that there is no objective evidence for god.

          November 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Sara

      Are you basing this on a worldwide survey of atheists, the largest group of whom live in China and don't give a crap about Christianity, or are you talking about atheists in the Christian dominated United States? Without specifying the demographic population I can't tell if your ignorant and ethnocentric or just too stupid to understand why people would focus on the dominant religion?

      November 11, 2013 at 6:30 am |
    • stanley

      You clearly did not read the article, or at least did not click through the images. If you did, you would see a sign in Arabic, clearly targeting Islam.

      November 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • James McC 88

      I think it does not make sense for atheists to say there is no God. Isn't it pretty clear that some people see what other people cannot see? Do you see the same things at 15 that you see when you are 51 and you are a father, a husband, and have a career? No. Some people have a larger perspective. Some people are intuitive; artistic; loving; non-materialistic; etc., for example. There are all kinds of people in this world. The atheist then presumes to tell another person that another person does not see what the other person claims to see. The atheist believes herself to be so intelligent. But the atheist speaks about something of which she has no experience. That makes no sense to me.

      November 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
      • ET Iphone home

        Horrible explanation. It's not about perspective of being 15 or 51. It's about proving something exists or even finding a hint of evidence to suggest it does. You will not see this whether you are 10 or 100 because it doesn't exist. Nobody claims to see god unless they are lying. Blind faith is blind faith, no matter what your perspective is or how you live your life.

        November 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  20. sherlock maddy the only 1

    you can either put on your big boy pants and accept it, or you get get on your knees with your sidearm and go meet jeebus. Either way works for me
    sam stone
    we are just attacking the pompous fvcks who purport to speak for god, doogie
    sam stone
    there is NO god. you are an idiot and should be sterilized. it is my sincere hope you have no contact with children – and if by chance you do – you should be restricted access to children immediately. tolerance of religious idiocy is coming to a swift end...we are reporting all posts that are filled with hate and make threats against christians to the president and congress and all national media outlets. CNN encourages these animals to spew hate speech while blocking posts that support faith. enough is enough

    November 11, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • sam stone

      how sweet. faith has another

      November 11, 2013 at 6:25 am |
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