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Atheist billboard brings in the holiday season in N.J.

atheists2112910_optBY BOB HOLT

In the midst of this year's holiday advertising, a call for reason has come out for the season.

But we report, and you decide.

There is a billboard above a New Jersey highway which looks to be celebrating the Christmas season, showing the images of the manger, the three wise men and the Star of Bethlehem.

It is on Route 495, at Kennedy Blvd. (on the NJ side, right before the Lincoln Tunnel entering Manhattan). reports the billboard reads: "You KNOW it's a Myth — This Season Celebrate REASON!" American Atheists — Reasonable since 1963 —

American Atheists say they are trying to reach out to what they claim are millions of closeted non-believers during this holiday season. According to the American Atheists website, the billboard serves three purposes:

  • 1) To address those atheists who "go along to get along", and to encourage them to come out of their closets
  • 2) To attack the myth that Christianity owns the solstice season.
  • 3) To raise the awareness of the organization and the movement.

According to, the $20,000 campaign is timed to preempt annual accusations that liberal groups are waging war on Christmas by asking church adherents to question their holiday traditions, according to American Atheists President David Silverman.

Other atheist groups are also stepping up their campaigns. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is showing a stained glass-like billboard in North Carolina with a similar message. reports the American Humanist Association has launched a television and print ad campaign, quoting the Bible and the Koran, to show how religion is the root of personal and worldly conflict.

Atheists are acting off recent polls that show 15 percent of Americans have no religious affiliation ... and that the number is growing.

atheists112910_opt"One mistake that is commonly made in interpreting some of these trends is assuming that the 15 to 20 percent of Americans who now say they have no religion are in fact atheists in the strong sense of that word," says Mark Chaves, professor of sociology, religion and divinity at Duke University.

"Only a minority of them are outright atheists," he says.

Actually, America remains one of the most religious nations in the Western world ... with some of the highest rates of religious attendance and participation.

Whether the atheists' campaign will have any effect remains to be seen. Roughly 92 percent of Americans say they believe in God or some kind of higher power. Ironically, Chaves says, America's religious tolerance has made people more accepting of others whose religion is different from their own — even those with no religion.

Comments (11)
11 Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:03
If atheists don't believe in god, then why do they try so hard to disprove god?
Every prayer that I have prayed for, but one has been answered. So if there is no god, then who is answering my prayers?
10 Tuesday, 30 November 2010 11:49
This article taught me an unexpected and surprising "truth" ... Matrix is a movie about aliens!
9 Tuesday, 30 November 2010 11:42
This article taught me an unexpected and surprising "truth" ... Matrix is a movie about aliens!
8 Monday, 29 November 2010 20:25
Atheist billboard we'll never see.
7 Monday, 29 November 2010 17:48
Steve Cornell
The atheists got it right, almost

Steve Cornell
6 Monday, 29 November 2010 14:30
Dave Silverman, Pres of American Atheists is so concerned about "closet atheists" coming out, that he is trying to expose Christmas and Christianity as a fraud? HE is the MYTH! Where does he think he got the intelligence to even speak? From a frog that crawled out of the ocean and became a monkey then a man? He can believe whatever he wants; "the FOOL hath said in his heart, there is NO God".
5 Monday, 29 November 2010 13:56
Let me apply some reason here.

1) There is no God.
2) If there's no God, then there's no chosen people (The Jews).
3) No God or chosen people, then there's no special real estate deals (Israel) for non-existent chosen people.

The Abrahamic promise (Gen 12:3) used by Zionists to support Israel's claim to Palestine is therefore bogus because it's based on a myth; the myth of the Exodus. So why are we supporting Israel again?? A big reason why terrorists hate the U.S. is because we support Israel. Stop supporting Israel and help stop Muslim terrorism against America.

Wouldn't that be a more constructive step toward world peace than bitching about nativity scenes?

Sounds logical to me. How's that for reason?
4 Monday, 29 November 2010 13:22
Voice Of Reason
As quoted by the great Albert Einstein: "The bigotry of the non believer is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer."
3 Monday, 29 November 2010 12:55
Now I've read it all...A Christian talking about logic. How funny.
You can't talk about logic until you turn that high-powered introspection on yourselves.

Too funny. A Christian talking about logic. Hilarious.
2 Monday, 29 November 2010 12:52
Hundreds of Gods are worshipped around the World. Christians don't believe in any of them--other than their one. So Atheists believe in one less God than Christians do. Not that different after all. Most Christians I know are liars, church-going adulterers, tax cheats, alcoholics, etc. YES I MEAN ALL OF YOU. Don't think for a second you are not included. Always pointing the finger somewhere than at yourselves. Believing in this myth only distracts us from doing real work improving the world we live in. Plus, they only believe in God because they are afraid of what other 'Christians' will think of them. Who cares what a Christian thinks? They don't think. That is the whole problem. No critical thinking. No questioning. No thinking for yourselves. Just put money in the basket as it goes around.

Funny how none of the 'theists' have countered the argument and obviousness that, THERE IS NO GOD. And to call America religiously accepting is disingenuous--an outright lie. Look at the backlash against mosques. What they mean to say is, "America is tolerant to all religions--as long as it's Christianity". It's about faith believers say. No, it's about your fears of death and the inevitable nothingness that comes thereafter. Grow up, quit believing in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, Sasquatch, Yeti, and Jesus--which is a plagarized story anyway.

Funny how anyone saying something against Christianity is 'AT WAR'. Sounds a lot like Islam to me. Oh, that's right, they are basically the same stolen story meant to seperate and judge each other. BTW, why is The Vatican changing it's mind about things like condoms? Oh, that's right, God has been wrong the whole time. God was wrong about Aids and contraception. Let's just pray to fix things. A lot of good that will do towards repairing the lives The Vatican has historically tortured--The Crusades, The Inquisition, Witch Trials. The darkest times ever known were created by the church and non-tolerant zealots. Yes, I am talking to you.

Jesus Christ, grow up already.
1 Monday, 29 November 2010 12:27
Such atheist ads should be welcomed as they do a great job of showing atheism to be an anti-Christian support group and demonstrating their illogicality (their well within the box atheist groupthink talking points).

This new ad, in particular, has been dissected:

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