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Atheists buy billboards near hassidic, Muslim areas (Paterson, NJ.)
Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/05/2012

Posted on 03/05/2012 9:00:19 AM PST by SeekAndFind

An atheist organization says it will unveil a Hebrew-language billboard calling God a “myth” near a Brooklyn hassidic enclave, and a similar billboard in Arabic in heavily Muslim Paterson, NJ.

The group American Atheists says it will unveil a billboard Monday in hassidic-dominated South Williamsburg. The billboard writes out the name of God in Hebrew, and then features in English and Hebrew translation the phrase “You know it’s a myth… and you have a choice.”

“If there are atheists in those communities, we are reaching out to them,” Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, told CNN last week. “We are letting them know that we see them, we acknowledge them and they don't have to live that way if they don’t want to.”

Silverman said the billboards will be up for a month and will cost his group less than $15,000.

“People are going to be upset,” he said. “That is not our concern.”

CNN noted that the use of the name of God in Hebrew, which Jews traditionally avoid writing out except in sacred texts, may be considered particularly offensive by area Jews.


TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: atheism; atheist; islam; judaism
Well, at least they're not scared of offending Muslims. This really looks like a first to me.
1 posted on 03/05/2012 9:00:25 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Muslims will take care of this.


2 posted on 03/05/2012 9:02:32 AM PST by No Socialist
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To: SeekAndFind
up for a month and will cost his group less than $15,000

I wish I had so much money that I could spend $15,000 to give Moslems and Orthodox Jews the finger for a month and consider it a trivial expense.

3 posted on 03/05/2012 9:05:37 AM PST by Tax-chick (Maybe it IS about contraception. Read "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" decision, 1992.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t the billboard buisness in NJ controlled by connected guys? Hasidim should talk to Tony S..


4 posted on 03/05/2012 9:06:28 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: SeekAndFind

Islam really is the biggest enemy of Atheism. I mean, forced conversions, death penalties for leaving the faith, HELLO...


5 posted on 03/05/2012 9:07:03 AM PST by Crucial
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll be impressed if they keep the adverts going against the muzzies after the first of their atheist group gets cut ear to ear in response.

Until then they’re just doing what they always do.


6 posted on 03/05/2012 9:13:09 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: SeekAndFind
Wow! Do atheists have a 'bible' that teaches them to go out and 'evangelize'?

I would think they would have have something better to do with $15,000.

7 posted on 03/05/2012 9:18:26 AM PST by houeto (Mitt Romney - A Whiter Shade of FAIL)
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To: SeekAndFind

The roots of atheism are almost always moral not intellectual.


8 posted on 03/05/2012 9:20:36 AM PST by circlecity
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow, I can actually appaud them, now is the number of billboards the same per capita in both areas?


9 posted on 03/05/2012 9:21:12 AM PST by GraceG
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To: houeto

I would think they would have have something better to do with $15,000. “

Throw a Church Social?


10 posted on 03/05/2012 9:23:11 AM PST by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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Throw a Church Social?

They could have a pot-luck dinner and a Bingo game with cash prizes. That would be fun. Do atheists like to have fun?

11 posted on 03/05/2012 9:36:57 AM PST by houeto (Mitt Romney - A Whiter Shade of FAIL)
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To: SeekAndFind

D’jever notice how much time and money atheists spend fighting against something that they don’t believe exists?


12 posted on 03/05/2012 9:42:29 AM PST by Ignatz (Winner of a prestigious 1960 Y-chromosome award!)
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“They could have a pot-luck dinner and a Bingo game with cash prizes. That would be fun. Do atheists like to have fun?”

I kind of pictured dishes with nothing in them and sitting quietly in awkward silence.


13 posted on 03/05/2012 9:56:45 AM PST by jessduntno ("Newt Gingrich was part of the Reagan Revolution's Murderers' Row." - Jeffrey Lord, Reagan Admin.)
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To: Ignatz

They do not claim that Churches do not exist, only that God does not.

And the have the right to say so, just as I have the right to say they are quite wrong.


14 posted on 03/05/2012 10:01:20 AM PST by Bidimus1
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To: SeekAndFind

I am originally from the area close to South Paterson.

Now, it is a Muslim enclave, and you practically need to bring a passport to go through it.

Let’s put it this way—the only people cheerring on 9/11/01 were not in the Middle East.


15 posted on 03/05/2012 10:02:17 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I see this as a positive trend. Let the atheists and the muslims battle out, and those of us caring for our souls can stay out of the crossfire, maybe.


16 posted on 03/05/2012 10:23:00 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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“People are going to be upset,” he said. “That is not our concern.”

Future headline: ATHEIST LEADER FOUND BEHEADED

17 posted on 03/05/2012 11:51:42 AM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I will hazard a guess that it won’t be Jews lopping off atheist heads.


18 posted on 03/05/2012 3:36:23 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder if they ever tell anyone they know “goodbye”?


19 posted on 03/05/2012 4:29:43 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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Well, at least they're not scared of offending Muslims. This really looks like a first to me.

You're right. They've always been cowards who picked on rednecks because they didn't have the guts to pick on anyone else.

This could get interesting.

20 posted on 03/05/2012 5:13:04 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: No Socialist

“The Muslims will take care of this.”

I hope so; they did a great job in Spain from 1936 to 1939 killing those who wanted religion removed from Spain forever.

“My enemy’s enemy is my friend.”


21 posted on 03/05/2012 5:58:10 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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