CHRISTmas Without Christ? Times Square Billboard Encourages New Yorkers To “Dump the Myth” of Jesus

December 14, 2012  |  

I’ll never understand why Atheists go on malicious tangents in an effort to wound people’s faith-based beliefs, but maybe it is not for me to understand. I’ll try not to be biased, but this stunt has me absolutely floored.

If you’ve taken a stroll down Times Square lately, you’ve probably noticed the extremely offensive billboard sponsored by American Atheists, which depicts an image of a smiling Santa Claus followed by a caption that reads “Keep the MERRY” and an image of a suffering, crucified Jesus followed by a caption that reads “Dump the MYTH!”

The Huffington Post is reporting that Teresa MacBain, Communications Director of American Atheists released a statement explaining the motivation behind the $25,000 billboard stating they wished to express the “true” meaning of the holiday season.

“The true beauty of the season — family, friends, and love — have nothing to do with the gods of yesteryear,” Teresa MacBain, the group’s communications director, said in a press release. “Indeed, the season is far more enjoyable without the religious baggage of guilt and judgmentalism.”

Dan Silverman, President of American Atheists, also released a statement regarding Christianity and the Christmas season.

“We know that a large population of Christians are actually atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion,” said Silverman.”If you know God is a myth, you do not have to lie and call yourself Christian in order to have a festive holiday season. You can be merry without the myth, and indeed, you should.”

The billboard will remain in Times Square until January 10, 2013. This, of course, is not the first offensive billboard that the American Atheists are responsible for. Last year they erected a billboard in New Jersey that called the Christmas story a myth as well as another that read, “37 Million Americans know MYTHS when they see them… What myths do you see?” and held images of Jesus, Santa, the Devil and Poseidon.

Oh, so you blow $25,000 to erect a billboard discrediting a God whom you claim not to believe in? Oh, okay. Many find the antics of the organization to be distasteful, irrational and unnecessary. While  the actions of the American Atheists are highly offensive to many, the First Amendment pretty much protects their low blow stunts.

What do you think of the billboard?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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