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Times Square Atheist Billboard Says ‘Dump The Myth’ With A Picture Of Jesus Christ

Atheist billboard in Times Square

A controversial anti-Christian billboard in Times Square has been put up by the secular group American Atheists. It must be Christmas.

For better or worse, the group American Atheists has made a seasonal habit of reminding everyone that our holidays can be more festive without the religious overtones with privately-funded and often controversial billboard displays. In Times Square, one such billboard reads “Keep the Merry!” next to a picture of Santa Claus, and “Dump the Myth!” next to a picture of Jesus Christ.

“Most Christians are really atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion,” American Atheists president David Silverman told Fox News. “They need not be Christian to enjoy the holiday season.”

Silverman said that a private donor ponied-up $25,000 for the display to stay up for one month, ending on January 10. “We chose Times Square because it is a place where people go to shop and be festive, which has nothing to do with religion,” Silverman said.

“The true beauty of the season—family, friends, and love—have nothing to do with the gods of yesteryear. Indeed, the season is far more enjoyable without the religious baggage of guilt and judgmentalism. Dump the myth and have a happy holiday season,” Teresa MacBain, Communications Director for American Atheist and a former pastor stated on the group’s website.

Point taken, but Silverman doesn’t do much to address what many perceive as an unnecessary attack on Christianity.

“It’s a damn shame. It’s an insult,” said New Jersey resident Anthony White. “Why did they have to put that up?”

“This year it’s different,” said Catholic League spokesman Bill Donohue, whose group has fought displays by American Atheists before. “This is vile. When you depict Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, this is exploitative. We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists. But they can’t seem to say, ‘We simply disagree with you.’ They have to insult us.”

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17 Responses to “Times Square Atheist Billboard Says ‘Dump The Myth’ With A Picture Of Jesus Christ”

  1. Corey Ranson

    Just pray for them. I am sure this doesnt harm our lord. They are scared, angry and damaged by some life experience that has caused them to be upset. Just pray for them and love them

  2. MiLyn Ward

    There are other religious celebrations happening during the month of December, so why not attack all who believe in God? If you don't believe in God, why center your attacks on Christians and Christmas?

  3. Trevor Newsham

    There is a page on facebook aimed at boycotting the billboard owner and others who use their services. Go to facebook and search boycott Lamar Outdoor.

  4. Hans Paul Barton

    It's not an attack on Christmas, it's an attack on myths. Just because one chooses to believe the myth doesn't mean it needs to be respected.

  5. Marcus Berry

    Because America's primary religion and the one that is most publicized is Christianity. If someone saw this same picture with a picture of Allah instead of Jesus, the Muslims of America would be upset, but most Americans would simply view it as "Oh, it's just Atheists. As long as they don't attack Christ, I'm okay." or "Oh, those Atheists are at it again." and then they'd go about their day. So, with that mindset in mind, Atheists go after Christians.

  6. Mike Robinson

    this is exactly what is wrong with this world. They take jesus out of everything because it "offends" people or just don't want to believe because they wouldn't be able to live like hell.

  7. Mike Robinson

    why do we not have time for Jesus unless something bad happens? These are evil days and taking god out of school and work and everything else is the LAST thing we need. Keep God in america, in our hearts and in our schools.

  8. Allan Spurlock

    “The true beauty of the season—family, friends, and love—have nothing to do with the gods of yesteryear. Indeed, the season is far more enjoyable without the religious baggage of guilt and judgmentalism. Dump the myth and have a happy holiday season,”
    Great quote.

  9. Joel Funnieguy

    nobody worships Santa and Santa doesn't send you to hell for not believing in him

  10. James Arthur Ryan

    “This is vile. When you depict Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, this is exploitative. We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists.” Bill Donohue — Hmmmm, for a start I'm sure we can all go down to a local church and find images of Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, is that exploitative? It's an underpinning image enshrined in Christianity. It is great that Bill has decided to speak for all Christians and that "Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists", which in the same way Bill doesn't speak for all Christians we also know that not all Christians refrain from such things.

  11. James Arthur Ryan

    “This is vile. When you depict Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, this is exploitative. We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists.” Bill Donohue — Hmmmm, for a start I'm sure we can all go down to a local church and find images of Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, is that exploitative? It's an underpinning image enshrined in Christianity. It is great that Bill has decided to speak for all Christians and that "Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists", which in the same way Bill doesn't speak for all Christians we also know that not all Christians refrain from such things.

  12. James Arthur Ryan

    “This is vile. When you depict Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, this is exploitative. We as Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists.” Bill Donohue — Hmmmm, for a start I'm sure we can all go down to a local church and find images of Jesus on the cross with a crown of thorns, is that exploitative? It's an underpinning image enshrined in Christianity. It is great that Bill has decided to speak for all Christians and that "Christians never harass, intimidate or insult atheists", which in the same way Bill doesn't speak for all Christians we also know that not all Christians refrain from such things.