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    I frankly don't get it. So don't believe. Let others believe as they will. I despise pushing beliefs, or lack of, on anyone. Just as distasteful as religious advertising, but not offensive.
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    I agree, why spoil the party you are not attending for those attending it? Atheists are just mean spirited party poopers with money to spend on offensive advertising.
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    @Nat Religious billboard promoting a religion are fine, as in Visit St. Michael's Church for a blessed time. Now, if an Atheist group wants to do something like that, do Atheists meet for some sort of meetings?, they can. Sort of Visit Atheist.com for information on the Atheism movement. No problem, but signs denigrating anyone, and religious people are, well, people so this sign is put up with the sole purpose of denigrating their belief. Are YOU okay with that? How about a sign that says practice peace reject the myth of Mohammad or Jesus Died and the myth of Moses lives on? Find them offensive? I do, no difference in them and what this sign says.
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    @Nat yes, I am against religious billboards too. I'm atheist. I just don't want to preach any more than I want to be preached to. Mutual respect for other beliefs.
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    I don't know why ppl think I'd you don't believe in Christmas, automatically, you're an atheist. The true theists who know the truth reject Christmas also. Only Catholic Church goers believe in that nonesense.
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    When you've found the spiritual answers for yourself that’s great. But when you think you've found the answers for everyone else, that's a problem.
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    I voted it's offensive and unnecessary. I am not personally offended, but I reaalize it is to many. And I see no necessity to offend Christians. This seems to go out of the way to do just that. Since Atheists generally consider themselves more enlightened, they should see the wisdom in letting sleeping giants lie.
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    Oops! Someone made a mistake and put those pictures in the wrong place. Christ is the merry and Santa the myth. CHRISTmas is His birthday and I don't need a billboard to remind me.
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    Actually one thing Christian scholars do agree on is that Jesus was not born on December 25th. I just love how so called Christians need to be informed of this.
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    @jamie91 Exactly! The point is that many Christian laypeople don't have in-depth knowledge of history and many just assume that what they have been told is true.
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    @AceLuby And to add... Christmas was changed to December to compete w/ a Pagan holiday around the same time.
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    Love it! Christmas has strayed from a religious event to a commercial event. Easter is the most important Christian holiday, not Christmas. The faith part is missing from Christmas. I go to church to celebrate.
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    I generally get a lot of cheer from the annual "War on Christmas," gymkhana, but I have to say this year it all seems like the Christians just can't muster up the outrage. Could you guys ramp it up a little? It's mid-December and I haven't been called a "Commie pinko godless atheist" all month.:-)
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    It's hard to maintain that level of panic mode all the time, especially after four years of Obama, lol. I think they're exhausted from all the manufactured outrage.
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    In the spirit of the season let me send this along to you. You freakin' pinko commie traitor. Feel Better?
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    Its not offensive to me, because I am not a Christian yet it I do find it disturbing that you have to put up a huge billboard to ridicule others beliefs. I wonder what would happen if put up a billboard with a pentacle and proclaim my love to my many Gods and mother earth? Telling everyone they will never be reborn if they don't come over to my way of thinking. I find the whole thing quite stupid! We all have different beliefs, but it seems Christianity is the one everyone points at to make fun of or try to debunk. You can't debunk faith!
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    Exactly, I'm a fence sitter, I want to believe there's a God and an afterlife...I realize you can believe in one and not the other...people who believe in ghosts know that...but I want proof. And proof in religion is based on faith, something that can't be measured or quantified, and something I lost many years ago.
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    I don't find it offensive either. I like that this billboard opens the subject of faith for discussion. I can't be accused of forcing on anyone if I wasn't even the one to bring it up, lol.
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    It's not offensive, but a worthwhile argument to have. Too many people stumble around without searching for basic answers regarding their core beliefs. If this sign toggles some discussions in that direction, then its a good thing.

    My response sign would be "put a space between A and Theist. Come learn what Christmas is really about."
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    Of course we never see the "American Atheists" bashing Jews, Muslims, Hindis, Buddhists, Pagans, Wiccans, etc...just Christians.

    Perhaps there is room in all that for the ACLU to file a suit of "prejudice assault against people of a certain religious order"...naming the American Atheists and Atheist.org as defendant.
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    @DerivePI That's because the Hindis, Buddhists, Pagans and Wiccans aren't trying to enforce their beliefs onto others. You don't shoot the dog playing in the grass minding his own business, you shoot the one trying to rip your throat out.
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    @Antizealot - I was having fun with you, but your response is wrong. Do you really believe those other religions are just minding their own business? Is that belief based on experience?
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    If you don't like what it says, don't look at it. As for the message, religion is not about love, it's about control and the use of fear to maintain that control. The ad encourages people to be nice without conditions or threats. Why is that a problem for the religitards?
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    I don't necessarily believe in the Bible, but I understand meaning and story behind Christmas and respect it and even celebrate it. Without the story of Christ's birth (real or not) there is NO Christmas.

    It really doesn't matter if the birth of Christ was the biggest load of hogwash ever told on earth; what matters is that the story instills in most people a sense of goodwill. Is that a bad thing? Can't we just have one day free of political statements?
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    I find it offensive in the very best of ways. Now you "Christians" and "Muslims" know what the rest of us think and feel when YOUR "message" is plastered EVERYWHERE. You constantly whine about "an attack on Christianity". Many of us are sick to death of the attack BY Christianity. No history in the entire recorded history of the world equals the killing fields of Religion. Hilter was a joke compared. Stalin an amateur. And what did they do then and what do they do now? Tried to exterminate an entire race of Native Americans? "Well those weren't real Christians". They sure as hell were. Blow up a black Church? "those weren't real Christians" They sure as hell were right up to the moment they got caught. THE BTK serial killer was the highest ranking non ordained person in his church. "he wasn't a real Christian". Oh yes he was right up until the second he got caught.

    The war against religion is a war worth fighting. And winning.
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    They love the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. Makes you wonder how many christians there really are doesn't it? Kind of belies the claim that christians are a majority and the argumentum ad populum they throw out there all the time.
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    @Antizealot It really does. A Janitor rapes a 14 year old girl in the stairwell of a Mega church in Oklahoma. Does this mean he's not a christian? I reckon. But the people who run the church stonewalled the rape and didn't report it within the laws regarding this. They were arrested and charged with misdemeanors and are already back at work at the church. Of course two of them are related to the Minister. Where is the dividing line? Are they still "Christians" despite refusing to deal with a rape? Or are they still Christians because they're related to the boss? Are they not Christians because they refused to protect the innocent and chose to try to protect the image of the church? Seems to me they have a whole lot to worry about come judgement day if there was such a day. Which of course there is not.
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    @Nemesis3X First of all what we say here changes nothing. We're doing nothing more than venting. But let's play fairy tales. I'm the dictator of the world. You would be allowed to practice your religion in your home and your place of worship. But you do not have the right to try and pass laws that make me adhere to your religion. That's unconstitutional. And religion does exactly that. Live your own life the way you thing your God would want you to. Your bible tells you that you are accountable for YOU. Not me. And I'm fed up with this Christian right attempt to make all of us into clones of Christianity. Other than beheading and beating of women, I see very little difference in the Christian right and the Taliban.
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    @jessejaymes but you are all in favor of passing laws that force me to adhere to your "lack-of" religion? How is that constitutional? Let's be realistic, the majority of Americans are just cattle waiting to be herded. The biggest problem is the media, for everything. They find the loudest and crazed individuals from every position and highlight that. I'd bet a years pay the Vast majority of Christians and Atheists and everyone else, just want to be left alone and do their thing and I'm one of them. The media and politicians however play the crazed on both sides of everything against each other. Why? Power and money or a combination thereof. Everybody gets labeled and that's the problem, we stopped being Americans and are all hyphenated. We are no longer proud to be an American and leave it at that. If you go against your hyphenation, chances are you'll get attacked and ostracized as a non-conformist that's why we have the all powerful 2 party system we have now. We are stuck with picking the lesser of two evils in just about everything we do and it's getting harder to pick.
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    Atheists can only seem to advance their own beliefs by tearing down other peoples beliefs. I would like to see them offend the Muslims in this way. We would probably have fewer atheists around in no time.
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    Atheists don't have to do that when the Christian/Republicans are already working on it pretty consistently.
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    @Libertyiskey What you say is ridiculous. If so why is that the only method they employ? Show me some examples of atheism trying to stand on its own merits without condemning another belief system.
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    @Libertyiskey Softball, let’s see something offensive like depiction of Mohamed. There is not even a mention of what the myth is. The article even says the billboard is directed to possible atheist in the community.
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    To all those who cried "freedom of speech"....there you go! Now, I'm atheist. That's MY belief. You may not be. That's your belief. I promise NOT to waste money on billboards like this if you promise the same! Deal?(I know that won't happen...not in my life time)
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    If it's OK to place religious symbols on public property then why any controversy over this? All religious viewpoints can be displayed and made visible to the public domain without question we are told. If this offends you then to bad, we are told. I would rather no religious symbols be allowed so as not to offend people's deeply held convictions, but that's just me. Religion should be a personal relationship with your deity, not something to force on others.
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    This is the Major Cause of of what took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School! God has been taken out of the schools, thrown around in courtrooms, and displayed this well. This is what killed the innocent people!
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    I don't think anyone should go around attacking the beliefs of others. I don't attack non-belief, so I find it hurtful when people attack my beliefs as a myth equal to that of the tooth fairy. This is America. Let me believe what I want to believe, and I'll let you do the same.
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    I find it stupid that atheists can parade and shove their beliefs down our throats and Christians can't even have a Christmas tree I the center of freaking town but the religious minorities can. Such as this overly offensive billboard
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    I am sick & tired of Atheists, which are a fraction of the polulation want to destroy what America was built on. Let them stay in their caves!!!
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    I simply think they just need to take the pictures down....no need to dis on anyone.....besides it kind of takes away from the Christmas spirit, not adds to it.
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