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Catholics and Atheists Wage Billboard War Over Christmas
DNA Info ^ | November 30, 2010 | Jordan Heller

Posted on 12/01/2010 1:17:50 PM PST by NYer

Prompted by a billboard calling Christmas a myth, the Catholic League erected a pro-Jesus billboard Tuesday.

MANHATTAN — The Catholic League, upset over an anti-Christmas billboard at the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, threw a "counterpunch" at atheists Tuesday with a billboard of their own on the New York side of the tunnel.

The new 26-by-24-foot billboard at Dyer Avenue and West 31st Street features a depiction of Joseph and Mary looking adoringly at baby Jesus, with the message: "You know it's real. This season, celebrate Jesus. Merry Christmas from the Catholic League," according to the Catholic League's website.

The sign is a direct response to a similar billboard erected last week above the New Jersey entrance to the tunnel by an organization called American Atheists, according to Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League.

Their billboard also features a nativity scene, but with an entirely different message: "You Know It's a Myth," the sign reads. "This season, celebrate reason." 

"We decided to counterpunch after a donor came forward seeking to challenge the anti-Christmas statement by American Atheists," Donohue explained on the organization's website.

"Our approach is positive, and services the common good," Donhue continued. "Theirs is negative, and is designed to sow division. It's what they do."

Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, explained their sign on the group's website, stating that many people observe religious rituals that they do not believe in.

"They go along to get along, which simply leads to more prejudice and bigotry," he said in a statement. "Closeted atheists hurt themselves and others like them by remaining silent about what they know to be true."


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1 posted on 12/01/2010 1:17:53 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

God bless Bill Donohue and the Catholic League. Merry Christmas, Bill!


2 posted on 12/01/2010 1:18:48 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

It's an intolerant message. Where is Barack Obama and the State/Hate Department coming down on the atheist group that seeks to offend a group's religious sensibilities as he did over the koran burning?

3 posted on 12/01/2010 1:21:09 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: NYer
Where is their “E.I.D. is a Myth” anti-Islam billboard?
4 posted on 12/01/2010 1:22:03 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: NYer

Christians in this nation have to rise up and defend their faith. Enough is enough.


5 posted on 12/01/2010 1:22:22 PM PST by YukonGreen
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To: wagglebee

PING


6 posted on 12/01/2010 1:26:06 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: NYer
Now how fast would a lawsuit be raised by atheists, if a bright red sign with flames printed on it said:

All Atheists Are Going To Hell.

7 posted on 12/01/2010 1:27:14 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: a fool in paradise

If the they’d said “We think it’s a myth” NO ONE would be offended. What’s is offensive is the presumptuous insult in “You Know” it’s a myth.

I know where the people who funded it are headed. (I truly hope they don’t end up there).


8 posted on 12/01/2010 1:29:01 PM PST by DManA
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To: a fool in paradise
Are you crazy?

Its one thing to attack intollerant christians,

BUT NEVER attack the religion of PEACE.

9 posted on 12/01/2010 1:29:31 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: DManA

Atheism has gone fundamentalist and is pushing their faith on the masses. They know “the true belief” and damn all those who don’t accept it.


10 posted on 12/01/2010 1:30:08 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: mountn man

God loves atheists. This season, go on, give Him a call...


11 posted on 12/01/2010 1:31:14 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: NYer

Amen!


12 posted on 12/01/2010 1:37:36 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

13 posted on 12/01/2010 1:38:01 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Ah yes, “Reason”. As in the Age of Reason. History in hindsight calls it the Reign of Terror. It ends with a guillotine.


14 posted on 12/01/2010 1:39:34 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NYer
So atheists are saying Christmas is a myth or celebrating is a myth? I am just not getting the point.
15 posted on 12/01/2010 1:41:17 PM PST by svcw (If you put a crouton on a your sundae instead of a cherry, it counts as a salad.)
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To: a fool in paradise; mountn man; DManA
ALL ATHEISTS SHOULD BE BANNED FROM EATING CHOCOLATE IN ANY FORM!!!

If you're wondering, I'll tell you why.

16 posted on 12/01/2010 1:47:56 PM PST by bigheadfred (wogga la hooga)
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To: paulycy

Move the star over from the donkey to the manger and it will be perfect.


17 posted on 12/01/2010 1:52:59 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: svcw
So atheists are saying Christmas is a myth

They are calling Christmas a myth.

18 posted on 12/01/2010 1:58:11 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Now, atheists will tell you that atheism is not a religion. Technically it’s not, but many of them sure act like it is. All you have to do is jog on over to richarddawkins.net and you’ll find many individuals, who with a slight change in beliefs, would fit in very well at a camp revivalist meeting.


19 posted on 12/01/2010 2:00:49 PM PST by Strk321
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To: massgopguy
As in the Age of Reason. History in hindsight calls it the Reign of Terror.

The Age of Reason started over a hundred years before France's Reign of Terror. Descartes, Newton and Locke are examples of the age's thinkers. Following that was the Age of Enlightenment, with the likes of Montesquieu, Hobbes and our Founding Fathers. That was said to have ended with the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror.

20 posted on 12/01/2010 2:08:02 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Strk321
Technically it’s not, but many of them sure act like it is.

As an atheist myself, I have to agree. Around this time I'm always ready to say "not this crap again." I think, honestly, who do these billboards help? All this does is needlessly attack a religion, piss people off, and make the authors look petty.

And they even got it wrong! Christmas isn't a myth, it's a real holiday celebrated every year. Now the origins of it, that's a different matter.

21 posted on 12/01/2010 2:16:43 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: NYer
Merry Christmas to all!


22 posted on 12/01/2010 2:19:16 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: antiRepublicrat

Thomas Paine wrote The Age of Reason in 1794. The Cult of Reason then banned the Catholic Mass in France.


23 posted on 12/01/2010 2:37:30 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NYer

I got to tell you that if ANY billboard put up by ANY human being of ANY religious or non-religious persuasion causes anyone to question their OWN faith, then THAT person ain’t got no faith at all.
Happy Chanukah!


24 posted on 12/01/2010 2:46:57 PM PST by MestaMachine (The headline made me)
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To: NYer

I wonder if any billboard company would allow an ad during Ramadan which reads, “You Know Mohammed’s a Myth ...”


25 posted on 12/01/2010 2:49:47 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: massgopguy
Thomas Paine wrote The Age of Reason in 1794. The Cult of Reason then banned the Catholic Mass in France.

That's the name of a pamphlet. It's timing does not frame the 17th Century Age of Reason (a.k.a., Age of Rationalism).

Furthermore, you have a false cause and effect. Paine wrote The Age of Reason after the French Revolution, being worried about its decay into immorality. It was first published AFTER the Reign of Terror was underway. In fact, Paine himself was imprisoned and almost executed during the Reign of Terror, so it is not likely he would write anything supportive of it.

26 posted on 12/01/2010 2:55:06 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: NYer

Bookmark.


27 posted on 12/01/2010 3:01:35 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: NYer
Atheists only exist if God thinks they do!
28 posted on 12/01/2010 3:02:13 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: a fool in paradise
It's an intolerant message. Where is Barack Obama and the State/Hate Department coming down on the atheist group that seeks to offend a group's religious sensibilities as he did over the koran burning?

No kidding. Imagine if the image were Dachau, circa 1944.

29 posted on 12/01/2010 7:14:23 PM PST by TradicalRC (Carthago Delenda Est..)
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To: NYer
Prompted by a billboard calling Christmas a myth

I propose a Catholic/atheist truce based on something both groups agree on.

Let them pool their resources to put up billboards saying that Genesis 1-11 is a myth. Problem solved!

30 posted on 12/01/2010 7:56:25 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Vayo'mer Par`oh 'el-`avadayv; "Hanimtza' khazeh, 'ish 'asher ruach 'Eloqim bo?")
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To: MestaMachine
I got to tell you that if ANY billboard put up by ANY human being of ANY religious or non-religious persuasion causes anyone to question their OWN faith, then THAT person ain’t got no faith at all.

And I'll say that if any FBI sting can drive a peaceful "moderate" muslim to boast of wanting to commit a terrorist act against hundreds of women and children in the name of Jihad on another religion's celebration, then that muslim ain't moderate at all.

31 posted on 12/02/2010 6:31:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise
The billboard is not offensive in the least. What is offensive is the notion Islam is loved by Liberals or Atheists. We think they are even worse than most American Christians. Unfortunately for all involved, its the American Christians who impact us on a day-to-day basis.

I mean, just because we think you're irrational, it does not mean we think your opposition is sane.

32 posted on 12/20/2010 4:31:37 AM PST by Aikofan
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To: Aikofan

Welcome to FR. Recent ZOT recipient?


33 posted on 12/20/2010 7:15:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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