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(RNS) A billboard bearing a positive message about atheism has been vandalized — again. A billboard posted in Chico, Calif., that originally read “Don’t believe in God? Join the club” was defaced on Dec. 12, less than a week after it appeared, with vandals removing the word “don’t.” The billboard was one of 12 purchased […]

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  1. I would like to help those who are shunned by the religious community for leaving a faith lifestyle. Many are unaware of existing secular/freethinking communities and are left without social support systems.

  2. “This is vile,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue said of the the Times Square billboard. “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.”

    Excuse me???!!!!?????? Christians have been torturing, murdering and discriminating against atheists for as long as it has existed. Bill Donohue is a complete and utter liar, liar, pants on fire. And every time they say god bless or I’ll pray for you to an atheist it is harassment, intimidation, and insulting.

  3. Does Edwards know that there are non-Christians who believe in God? Statements like that just reinforce the idea that atheists are anti-Christian more than about the denial of a deity. And Silverman’s “Silly Myth” comments are just bigoted. There’s no other way to describe them. What would you say if a rabbi said “Jesus is a silly myth?”

  4. Atheism is reactive, and therein lies the biggest problem with atheists. A-theist. ANTI-religion. It’s not enough to be against something; one must be FOR something. And let that something be positive, encouraging, intelligent, caring. Fortunately nonbelievers (there’s that re-action again) are making headway, but their progress and growth has more to do with the hysteria, lack of common sense, stupidity, and just plain meanness of right-wing religion than anything else.

    • Janice, you are correct in much you say, but I would argue that the average atheist should not be painted quite so negatively. We do indeed search for truth, justice, and growth, and share many philosophical goals with many religions. We just believe that it’s possible to achieve those goals without the trappings of religion.

    • Janice: look it up … atheism means WITHOUT god, not AGAINST god.
      If you’re gonna make statements, get your facts straight.
      Otherwise you just look foolish.

  5. What ever happened to religious freedom and freedom from religion? Why do I have to believe in god when I have never believed in what the bible says? Some people believed in Jim Jones and David Koresh? That didn’t work out to well. How many different groups of Christians are there? Every group has its own meanings for the bible. I do not know what will happen when I die, I have no idea? I believe I know just as much as the pope in this area. And although people believe this and that about dying, there is a difference between knowing and believing.

  1. [...] Perhaps because they’re so visible, religious billboards and transit ads have a way of becoming ground zero in the culture wars — for and against Islam, abortion, gay marriage and other hot-button issues. And location matters: Billy Graham Parkway outside Charlotte, N.C., has seen ads for both atheism and a church’s apology after “narrow-minded” North Carolina voted to ban gay marriage. [More] [...]

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