Maybe you've heard the hubbub about the billboard that the American Atheists have placed in NYC this holiday season? I was watching our Question of God Forum partner Dave Silverman defend/explain it on FOX news yesterday afternoon. If you haven't seen the now infamous billboard, here it is:
|"You KNOW it's a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON." So sez the American Atheists, anyway.|
Dave says that he's not trying to convert people to Atheism, only trying to get Atheists to "come out of the closet." Fair enough, though the notion of Atheists being a persecuted minority seems a bit dramatic. Now, even some atheists themselves don't like this billboard, and I don't really care for it either, but I suppose it's a free country and if Dave's organization wants to drop $20,000 and buy themselves a bit of controversy (and air-time), they have the right to do so.
On a side note, the billboard company approached several Christian organizations to see if they wanted to put up a competing billboard, and they declined, saying they felt the money could be spent better elsewhere.
On another side note, there are very good reasons why Dave's accusation about Christianity being a myth (read: made up or grossly exaggerated story) don't hold water, but that's a topic for another discussion. If you're interested in the topic, here's a good place to start: Myth Article
Now money and historical debate aside, personally, I would think if someone wanted to use the Christmas season as an excuse to take on a "myth" that is actually destructive to our culture, they'd be much better served firing their vitriol elsewhere. Namely, at the North Pole.
Yes, I mean Santa. The omniscient red-velvet-clad home invader who inspires greed in the hearts of children and induces stress in their parent's wallets. Now there's a story worthy of our ire.
A blast from the past, two of my first posts for your reading enjoyment. I like this billboard so much better than Dave's...