American Atheists Plan Billboards For Brooklyn, Paterson

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An atheist group has announced plans to put up signs that say that God is a “myth”.

American Atheists has said that they will put up signs in Brooklyn and Paterson. The signs are meant to target Jews and Muslims and will be printed in Hebrew and Arabic.

The Hebrew sign will be placed in a largely Jewish community near the Williamsburg Bridge, the Arabic sign will be placed near the Islamic Center of Passaic County.

Residents do not appear to be too disturbed by the signs. One Brooklyn woman told 1010 WINS reporter Holly Haerr that “freedom of speech is what American is all about.”

1010 WINS reporter Holly Haerr…

The signs are not intended to offend, according to American Atheists, and will have the word God printed next to the message “You know it’s a myth…and you have a choice.”

This is not the first time that the group has advertised via billboard. In 2010 they sponsored a billboard that read “You KNOW it’s a myth, this season, celebrate REASON!” near the Lincoln Tunnel.

WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller reports…

More signs are currently planned for California and Chinatown.

What do you think of American Atheists ad campaign? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • littlestar

    MR. Rodent, When you see your wife at he end of the day,do you believe that she has been faithful to you, or do you ask her to prove it. And if so howcan she prove it ?

    • Lord Avoc

      GPS and Camera phones.

  • nrichard

    Why is everyone up in arms? Just because someone writes something, says something, doesn’t mean it must change your views. If you have no doubts in your beliefs then this should not be an issue for you at all.

    • Rodin

      We don’t postulate. All we need to do is not accept their premises and forced arguments. In any case, you cannot prove a negative. All we have to do is say “show me,” which, of course, they can’t, and dismiss their claims as “unfounded.” As the recently deceased essayist put it, “what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.” (Excellent reading, BTW, Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great: How religion poisons everything,” a most accurately scientific, historical, rational dismantling of religious myth I’ve ever come across.)

      You’re absolutely right,”If you have no doubts in your beliefs then this should not be an issue for you at all.”

      But they do.

    • Rodin

      Let me try to explain.

      Believers, who boast their steadfastness so much, are really very insecure about their faith because that’s all it is “faith,”no reason, no science, no historical evidence of any Yet the onus of proof is on them. It is they who postulate. The burden is on them. and they hay have nothing or grab on to so they go full circle and again proclaim and cling to their “faith,” blindly, irrationally, obstinately. If any believers question, they are denounced as heretics and apostates. No dissent. In another time they would be tortured and burned at the stake. If an outsider questions, it’s an “attack.” That’s the threat.

      • littlestar

        Rodin, when your wife comes home at the end of the day, and you ask her ” Have you been faithful to me ” ?Do you believe her or do you ask her to prove it ?

      • badman

        No historical evidence? Read the Bible. Jesus was prophesied 700 years before his birth by several prophets- lots of details- his life and how he died and rose again. That Jesus lived is a historical fact in Roman scrolls.

        • Rodin

          There IS NO historical evidence of Jesus, anywhere. That’s why he vanished into space without a trace leaving behind an empty grave, Just think of the absurdity of it all … and the flim-flam, the greatest peanut under the shell game ever.

          You would do well to read Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is not Great” or Ruth Hurmence Green’s “The Born Again Skeptic’s Guide to the Bible” where she debunked the Bible as no one has done since Thomas Paine: “The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed.”

          Believe, it’s your choice.

          • Rodin


            “The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed.” ~ Thomas Payne.

  • Rodin
    • Rodin

      Meant for Robert Quade at bottom.

  • Rodin

    I have no objection to prostitution but, what does it have to do with this other than the “missionary position?”

  • History

    ROBERT E. LEE: “In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”
    DANIEL WEBSTER: “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper.”

    JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: “I have made it a practice for several years to read the Bible through in the course of every year.”
    ABRAHAM LINCOLN: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book.”

    GEORGE WASHINGTON: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
    THOMAS JEFFERSON: “Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would by now have become Christian.”

    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: “As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see.”
    WOODROW WILSON: “The sum of the whole matter is this—-that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually. It can only be saved by becoming permeated with the spirit of Christ and being made free and happy by practices which spring out of that spirit.”
    CALVIN COOLIDGE: “The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.”

    • Rodin


      “I shall have liberty to think for myself without molesting others or being molested myself.”

      “Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.”

      “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing god’s service when it is violating all his laws.”

      “The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation.”

      “In those parts of the world where learning and science have prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.”

      “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”

      • Rodin

        “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”

        “The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.”

        “Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.”

        “In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it.”

        “Shake off all fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a god, because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”

        “It would be very nice if there were a God who created the world and was a benevolent providence, and if there were a moral order in the universe and an after-life; but it is a very striking fact that all this is exactly as we are bound to wish it to be.”

        “Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”

        “Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.”

        “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own”

        “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.”

        “The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.”

        “‘In God We Trust.’ I don’t believe it would sound any better if it were true.”

        • Rodin

          JOHN F. KENNEDY:
          “I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end… where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice.”

          “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute–where no Catholic prelate would tell the President how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote–where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference–and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.”

          “I care not for a man’s religion whose Dog and cat are not the better for it.”

          “The Bible is not my Book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma.”

          “I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity.”

          “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

          • Rodin

            JAMES MADISON:
            Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”

            “What has been Christianity’s fruits? Superstition, Bigotry and Persecution.”

            “We can scarcely be warranted in supposing that all the productive powers of [the earth’s] surface can be made subservient to the use of man, in exclusion of all the plants and animals not entering into his stock of subsistence.”

            BARAK OBAMA:
            “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers.”

            “What our deliberative, pluralistic democracy demands is that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values.”

            • Rodin

              THOMAS PAYNE:
              “My own mind is my own church.”

              “The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.”

              “Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.”

              “Priests and conjurors are of the same trade.”

              “Accustom a people to believe that priests, or any other class of men can forgive sins, and you will have sins in abundance.”

              “To argue with a man who has renouced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.”

              “Prophesying is lying professionally.”

            • Rodin

              “Every national church or religion has established itself by pretending some special mission from God – as if the way to God was not open to every man alike.”

              “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion ; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law ”

              “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

              • Rodin

                WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT:
                “I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.”

                GEORGE WASHINGTON:
                “The United States of America should have a foundation free from the influence of clergy.”

                “With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.”

                ROGER WILLIAMS:
                “Forced worship stinks in god’s nostrils.”

  • Krane

    Time will tell

    Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
    Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
    Rom 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
    Rom 3:6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
    Rom 3:7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

    • Rodin

      Quoth the Holey Babble!

      • Krane

        Job_13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?
        Job_21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
        Pro_1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
        Pro_14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

  • lieutenantdan

    Allowing the belief in God in society is good.
    Religion helps to build a conscience and establishes good from evil, right from wrong and to help others that are in need of help and less fortunate.
    Good come from people who believe in God.
    The American Atheists group appear to be a bunch of misfits and by enabling their thoughts and beliefs on society is evil.
    I speculate that most atheists are feminists and gays.
    Feminists do not allow themselves to believe in God because it is against their nature. Their mind would not allow itself to worship a man that is God.

    • Rodin

      And this, folks, is known as Enlightenment, “American style.” Brilliant!!!

      “I speculate that most atheists are feminists and gays.
      Feminists do not allow themselves to believe in God because it is against their nature. Their mind would not allow itself to worship a man that is God.”

      How lieutenantDan made it to Lieutenant is beyond me but it clearly explains the burning of Korans by US soldiers in Bagram, Marines urinating on dead Afghan fighters, Marines proudly displaying the SS (Gestapo stormtroopers) flag next to the American ( ) and the ascendancy (ascension, assumption) of Rick Santorum.

    • Lord Avoc

      Wow that is probably the biggest piece of horse crap written on this thread yet!! I Speculate you must not be an actual Lieutenant.

      • Rodin

        “The idea of God is the sole wrong for which I cannot forgive mankind.” ~ DONATIEN ALPHONSE FRANÇOIS MARQUIS DE SADE

    • Thinks Dan's a Moron

      I speculate that most atheists are feminists and gays.
      Feminists do not allow themselves to believe in God because it is against their nature. Their mind would not allow itself to worship a man that is God.

      >>> Lieutenant in what? The Coalition of Ignorant Morons?


      • littlestar

        Jokes on you, them. The creator is a woman. Ha ha ha ha

  • lenny grimes

    let them do what they want, they will have to answer to God when the time comes. the faithful can not be swayed by a billboard anyway, they are wasting their time and money.

    • Michael H.

      the billboards are not targeting the faithful. they are directed at those who have already lost their faith but are too afraid to come forward for fear of repercussion and persecution by their communities.

  • Tommy C

    Everyone needs something to believe weather its the lord or something else . Its the atheists right to frre speech. But i really do beleive their mocking those who have faith in a higher being. Just more moral decay of the American culture brought to you by your local Liberals ……Itst he no one’s fault society.”NO I’M NOT A CONSERVATIVE”….Take responesibility for one’s actions regardless of your religious beliefs .

    • Rodin

      Sorry, Tommy C, but the only crutch I need is the applewood shillelagh I use to prop myself up when walking. Supports I have plenty of.

    • Rodin

      “Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things because to demystify supposedly ‘holy text dictated by god’ and show that they are man made and what you have to show [is] there internal inconsistencies and absurdities. One of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority… it is an indispensable thing people can call it blasphemy if they like, but if they call it that they have to assume there is something to be blasphemed – some divine work, well I don’t accept the premise.” ~ CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS

    • Stacey

      You had me clear until “brought to you by your local Liberals”. I’m a liberal and I don’t agree with the billboards. Nice job lumping a bunch of people together under one group that has decided to do something childish just to get a reaction. I posted as much yesterday. Just because they call themselves Atheists doesn’t mean they are liberals, any more than saying “oh they’re Christians so they must agree with Fred Phelps.” FYI most of us Liberals don’t agree with baiting and name calling, we do believe in helping our fellow Americans having a good life, even if that means they believe in something we don’t, as long as they aren’t hurting someone else or expecting them to lie to themselves or others by saying they believe in order to not be punished.

      • Rodin

        “Just because they call themselves Atheists doesn’t mean they are liberals.”

        TOUCHÉ! Point very well taken but lost on the vast majority of Americans incapable of thinking outside the box or seeing shades of gray and who decry those who “do believe in helping our fellow Americans having a good life” as socialists by parrots who have no clue what Socialism might be.

  • Anthony

    Long live Madalyn Murray O’Hair!

    • Rodin

      …and Albert Einstein. Amen!!!

      “The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.” ~ ALBERT EINSTEIN

      • Mr New Yorker

        Rodin, dont you think its pretty sad to believe that there’s nothing else in this world waiting for you after you die? According to you, you simply just die and turn into dust. Like some sort of machine/waste? Ever believe in miracles? According to you, they are just some random acts of coincidence? Ever wonder how a sick child somehow heals and gets better? Ever wonder how a woman who could never conceive somehow does? They’re called miracles my friend. You cant say there isn’t anything “up there”, nor can I say there is, for that matter, but to believe otherwise must be a pretty crummy way of living..

        • Rodin

          Thanks, Michael H.

          Nothing sad at all. I expect to die. Thats the way the cookie crumbles, the Top Cookie called Nature. I accept death.

          I am perfectly content with the one shot I’ve had at life. I neither crave nor need assurances of immortality to value my life. I’ve enjoyed great experiences and great friendships. I hope I’ve left some influences behind which will encourage others, students and artists –a teacher for over 40 years an artist for life — to strive and pass on those influences to others, that they may benefit. THAT to me is “life everlasting.” Immortality, religion, is the cretinous result of man’s fear, rejection and denial of death, the selfish desire to live forever.

          I am sustained by the real. I have a wonderful loving wife, a bevy of faithful old and new friends of all inclinations, and three loyal Canines who greet me like a rock star whenever I walk in the house. What more could I want. I have no needs of harps and wings.

          I’m happy for the opportunities I’ve had to learn, especially from those whose beliefs are contrary to mine because that’s where true learning comes from.

          My ashes, together with my Dogs’, will be mixed and scattered where they will mix with the earth, feed the grasses, flow with the rain into streams and fly with the winds to be dispersed through the universe. THAT is “life everlasting.”

          I will say that a miracle is simply a fixation, a cause not yet understood but not without possible explanation. What of all the women who never conceive? What of the many never cured? What of the infant rescued from tornados yesterday, proclaimed a “miracle”, dead today. GØd change its mind?

          No, not “happy,” : ), a delusional quest in its own right.

          Free from religion, good without gØds and content.

          • littlestar

            Well atleast he ain’t got no kids !

          • badman

            You are right, you get one shot at life, then you die. But hat if you are wrong about God and the after life? After life is forever and ever. I could not contemplate eternity in torment.

            • Rodin

              “What if god is real” doesn’t concern me. Your constant proselytizing and the unwelcome imposition of your faith on my life do. My right to be free of your delusions I WILL argue and discuss and defend.

              If you cannot “contemplate eternity in torment,” it’s because you fear and deny death. Accept death as a natural occurrence and you’ll be free of fear and religion to live that one life life as YOU see fit.

              No afterlife, no problem.

              Free from religion, good without gØds,

        • Michael H.

          I think that believing that this life is all there is makes you live this life to its fullest. You’ve only got ONE chance, so make it count! I’m sorry that you, personally, need more meaning to life than that but sadly I do not think that is the case, and the evidence is overwhelmingly in my favor. You cite miracles, please provide one that can be verified. “sick child somehow heals and gets better”. Yes..children, and even adults, do that. It’s called having an IMMUNE SYSTEM. “woman could never conceive somehow does”: well, either her doctors were wrong, or it was her husband that was infertile and she found seed elsewhere.

          I think relying on rational thought and evidence based reasoning is an extremely healthy way of going through life.

  • Rodin

    Kudos, American Atheists!!!

  • Testify212

    It’s not advertisement or freedom of speech – it’s pure mockery.
    Look around you – look at what we call “nature” – do you honestly believe it came from a pool of boiling chemicals.. or even a big bang? No, it couldn’t have, just like a tornado couldn’t produce order if it hit a junkyard.. The very finger print of a creator is on all these things.
    Go ahead sound off and let’s talk about it.

    • Rodin

      “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      Australian historian and vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney

  • Michael

    Religion is a man made fallacy designed to keep mankind in check with the threat of “burning in hell” for disobeying the “lord”.

  • Angela M

    Don’t forget, Christmas and Easter are not christian holidays either. They were adopted from pagan religious ceremonies. What holiday can the christians claim? And the billboard is a nice break away from all the christian crap they put up everywhere. We have as much right to put up billboards expressing our views, as much as the christians have to put up billboards expressing their views.

    • kim

      Angela, Is your life that sad and full of misery?
      I’ll pray for some happiness for you.

      • Lord Avoc

        She was stating the truth, do you have an issue with the truth? Why pray for someone who is being rational and using facts?

        • Rodin

          “People seem to be offended by facts, or what used to be called truth.” ~ Francis Bacon

      • Rodin

        The arrogance of piety in full display! Feeling a little “superior” there, “oh ye faithful?” Self-satisfied? Self-righteous? Condescension in lieu of arguments, maybe?

        Who are YOU to pray for ME, you sanctimonious, superstitious, supercilious sycophant? Where did you leave “blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

        The greatest delusion of believers, that they have a monopoly on “happiness.”

        “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

        Got news!

        With the loss of gØd went the fear of death, indispensable to all religious belief. What I found instead was peace of mind, freedom to think and enquire, tolerance (except for intolerance), self-determination, self-reliance, self-respect, accountability and responsibility for my decisions and deeds, good or bad. My Epiphany! My Rapture! No Doomsday!

        Free from religion, good without gØds.

    • Lord Avoc

      I agree.

  • Stacey

    I think it’s whole point is to pis* people off and it’s ridiculous. I’m a Diest and I see no point in wasting money to bate people on their religious choices. How about we spend money uniting the thinkers so we can work toward decent rapport that benefits everyone and gets us away from the insanity trying to run the country. This just divides us even more and puts them into fight mode. That does no good for anyone. They have a right to believe and we have a right not to. Why be so childish?

    • Matt

      No, it’s not to upset anyone. And Christians in particular put up plenty of billboards. It’s just to let people who are afraid of being persecuted by their religious peers for thinking differently, to know that there are other like them.

  • Lord Avoc

    I think this is GREAT! It’s probably one of the most intelligent Billboards to date! Besides “Don’t Drive Drunk”.

  • ftp2011

    Atheism is mutation. And I know that it is not a myth.

    • Willatheist

      How do you know it’s NOT a myth? What empirical evidence do you present to backup your statement? When you make statements without providing facts and evidence, they are just non-sense statements and nothing more. When you provide me and others with facts-based analysis, then I will convert to your deity. Until then, try sticking to the facts.

      • Rodin

        The onus of proof is always on the proponent, the believer, not on the unbeliever. There is no myth to atheism, no dogma involved, nothing to prove. We don’t accept the premise of supreme beings.

        “Forgotten were the elementary rules of logic, that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and that what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.” ~ Christopher Hitchens

        • maureen

          I see you use many quotes. Do you have a thought of your own? If the believers are brainwashed by the Bible, do you not think it possible that you have been brainwashed by the non-believers as well? The quotes you use are merely opinions. You show less tolerance for those who don’t believe as you than any believer I have ever come to meet. You will find peace whether with god or not when you can come to respect the differences in mankind. You cannot be at peace if you are always so angry and belligerent towards those who do not agree with your views.

          • Rodin

            Another one parroting mantras!

            My sources are diverse, the result of years of questioning and study as an adult, not catechism drummed in as a child. A voracious reader, I’ve gleaned these thumbnails of knowledge since my earliest years.

            I was old school educated by the good Jesuit fathers who taught me to question, for which I will always be grateful.

            If I often quote its because I humbly admit that there are others, much wiser than I, who have expressed my personal thoughts and feelings much better than I ever could. What would any writer of value be without quotes lending authority, weight and validity to their writings? They are the conclusions of REAL men and women — scientists, philosophers, artists, historians, writers in every discipline — after lives of dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, not ignorant illiterate delusional nomads roaming the deserts of the Middle East. They provoke thought, not repress it with orthodoxy.

            You of course, got your stuff directly from gØds, if not via the “nomads” who invented them..

            Angry, yes, a positive emotion when properly channeled. Yes, at the insidious, pervasive, increasing, unwanted intrusion of religious messiahs of all stripes into government and personal and secular affairs.

            “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

            Want quotes? My personal Book of Proverbs, decades of them @:

            Free from religion, good without gØds.

  • Paradox

    G-d created atheists.

    • Jd

      and “god doesn’t make mistakes”, right?

      • Rodin

        Can’t. Doesn’t exist.

        • littlestar

          Then none of us exist.

          • Lord Avoc

            That didn’t make sense.

    • Paradox

      Right, but He didn’t create atheists so that they should remain that way. If they search they will find.

      • Rodin

        Sounds really convoluted and self-serving, Paradoxical. Trying to convince yourself of something? Why create them at all? Why go through the trouble? Why not create believers only. What’s the point? Self-aggrandizement? If your gØd is that insecure, needy and petty, who needs it?

      • Matt

        If he doesn’t want me to remain this way he should provide a bit more evidence than the unethical and confusing “holybooks” that I’ve read. I’m sure spelling “Hi I’m the Christian/Muslim/Jewish/Hindu/etc God” wouldn’t be that big of a deal for the creator of the universe.

  • John L

    Religion is the presence of irrational thinking and the absence of common sense.


    As a fellow atheist I feel EVERYBODY should STF and just be whatever you are. Shoving any kind of theory down peoples throats is ridiculous.

    Be want you want to be but STF UP about it !

    • Rodin

      We’ve been silenced and closeted for centuries. Let “believers” know how it feels.

      I never cared to proselytize anything to anyone.

      I don’t “discuss” religion. There is nothing to “discuss”.

      American politicians of all stripes openly campaign on bigoted religious platforms. While too many “believers”, from Obama to Pat Robertson to Glenn Beck to Rush Limbaugh to Sarah Palin to Christine O’Donnell to Michele Bachmann to Rick perry to Newt Gingrich to Rick Santorum; athletes Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin; Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio, Bill Donohue and his one-man Catholic League, in particular, run amuck shoving their religious slop down everyone’s throat, we nonbelievers must contend with (read ‘tolerate’, roll over and play dead) the insidious and growing encroachment of religion on private and public life.

      I got tired of their blather and respond. Time to speak out.

      • • •

      University of Minnesota Study on American Attitudes Towards Atheists & Atheism
      By Austin Cline,

      Every single study that has ever looked at the issue has revealed massive amounts of bigotry and prejudice against atheists in America. The most recent data shows that atheists are more distrusted and despised than any other minority and that an atheist is the least likely person that Americans would vote for in a presidential election. It’s not just that atheists are hated, though, but also that atheists seem to represent everything about modernity which Americans dislike or fear.

      The most recent study was conducted by the University of Minnesota, which found that atheists ranked lower than “Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in ‘sharing their vision of American society.’ Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.”

      Free from religion, good without gØds.

    • jeff

      No, we are not going to shut up, we’re going to get louder.

  • LarryLinn

    Social commentator and former alter-boy George Carlin sums it up, “Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bull*** story. Holy S***!”

    • Jd

      George Carlin was always at his best when he mirrored the truth and absurdity simultaneously. He was a “godsend” – only kidding, George!

    • John

      George Carlin is a dead a++hole. I’ll keep my real God thank you very much.

      • skep

        Zeus i presume?

        • Lord Avoc


  • Herbie Original Situation Raskin

    remember… free speech is a God given right! Lol!!!

    • jeff

      No, our free speech rights come from the 1st amendment of our “GODLESS” constitution.

      • Rodin

        With a little help from James Madison, Author of the Constitution: “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”

  • jeff

    It’s too bad it’s a myth, I would have like to have had one of those talking snakes.

  • John

    What do atheists have to offer society?

  • victor murgolo

    They are entitled to their opinion. It must be understood though that opinions are like anuses, Everyone has one and they all stink.

    • Matt

      Unfortunately, all opinions don’t sit on equal grounds. Some have……evidence!

  • LJ

    American Atheists only show their own unfathomable ignorance when they claim that the targets of their ads “…KNOW it’s a myth…” Talk about not knowing your audience!

    • The Realist

      The targets of their ads are “CLOSETED” ATHEISTS who have to pretend to be religious to satisfy their neighbors’ demands for conformity. But you already knew that, right?

      • Michael H.

        That would have required him to read the article, so of course he didn’t know that!

  • Robert Quade

    I would love to join your organization but you have no holidays.

    • Darla Koone

      Of course we do. We celebrate Towel Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day, National Day of Reason, Halloween, Valentines Day, Mother’s and Father’s Days, Thanksgiving… I’m sure there are more. I personally celebrate “Columbo” on Columbus Day. Peter Falk will be missed.

      • Becky

        who do you thank on Thanksgiving? Just curious…

        • Rodin

          Nature. It’s a symbolic act. The native Americans and every primitive culture performed it well before the Pilgrims arrived. It’s a universal custom to celebrate the “crop.,” pagan in origin, like everything else.

          Be informed.

          • littlestar

            He’s just getting older and sick too death of Christmas carols. That’s all that’s wrong with him.

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