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    Default In defense of atheist billboards

    http://www.examiner.com/atheism-in-p...ist-billboards

    Recently, American Atheists put up a billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel. The billboard reads, ?You KNOW it?s a Myth! This Season, Celebrate REASON!? and depicts the nativity scene with the three wise men following the Star of Bethlehem. But this isn?t the only billboard to have caused controversy lately.
    The Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason will be puting up a new bus billboard campaign with the message that ?Millions of Americans are good without God? (picture #1 of the slideshow in the sidebar). This message was so controversial that Dallas bus company banned the advertisement and banned all religious and non-religious ads entirely rather than allow this message on their buses. UPDATE: Religious leaders in the Fort Worth area are threatening to boycott the buses if the Transit Authority does not ban the DFWCoR bus campaign.
    The atheist billboard and bus campaigns of course generated controversy because they were put up by atheists. While the American Atheist billboard is slightly more vocal in its criticism of religious myth than other atheist billboards, it certainly is much less provocative than many (if not most) Christian billboards (see slideshow pictures 4 through 8).
    In truth, it doesn?t much matter what the atheist billboard say or depicted, it would have generated the same level of media attention, controversy, and religious condemnation. To better prove this point, look at the level of media attention, controversy, and religious condemnation that the original United Coalition of Reason billboards have generated (picture #3 of the slideshow). These billboards first appeared in Philadelphia and have since been put up in various cities around the nation. They are specifically and obviously targeting those who already don?t believe in a god and they are not insulting to inflammatory in any way except that they were put up by atheists for atheists.

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    The characters found in myths represent aspects of our own psyches. The Virgin Birth is neither a miracle nor a biological act of parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). It is a story about how something new and potentially redemptive comes into the world. As a myth Christmas speaks to all humans. As science and history it makes no sense at all.

    If we reclaimed the power of myth, and understood its role in our lives, we could reclaim the world’s religions as keepers of myth and train clergy to be guides to myth who can help us live out the mythic and imaginal dimensions of our lives through acts of compassion and contemplative spiritual practice.
    The Christmas stories in the Bible - and they are multiple and contradictory - are obviously myths. They are obviously not to be taken literally. They are meant as signs to the deeper, profounder truth that Christians hold to: that the force behind all that exists actually intervened in the consciousness of humankind in the form of a man so saturated in godliness that merely being near him healed people of the weight of the world's sins. This is so enormous and radical an idea that it is not suprising that early Christian writers told stories to bring it more firmly to life. But they were stories, telling of a deeper more ineffable truth. If only contemporary Christians could let go of the literalism in pursuit of the far more extraordinary fact of the Incarnation

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    http://friendlyatheist.com/category/...t-advertising/

    American Atheists legal director Edwin Kagin offers some poetry about the recent “You Know It’s a Myth” atheist billboard (and a few other similar ones):
    But let some atheists post one sign saying reason should prevail
    Over the myth of Christmas, and you will hear the Fundies’ wail
    That atheists are not respectful, that they should die, leave, or go to jail.
    And thus we learn the lesson, from what we see with solemn awe,
    That they think Christians are the only ones protected under law.
    It’s really incredible the reaction the billboards are getting from Christians. They don’t just disagree with it. They find them offensive! They want them taken down! They won’t drive buses if atheist ads are on them!
    Then, they go to a church where a pastor tells them non-believers are going to hell and barely bat an eye…

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    Am I the only one who can see the incredible hypocrisy in this statement???

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/us...pagewanted=all

    “It’s a season to share good will toward all men,” Mr. [Rev. Kyev] Tatum [Sr.] said. “To have this at this time come out with a blatant disrespect of our faith, we think is unconscionable.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachsparky View Post
    Am I the only one who can see the incredible hypocrisy in this statement???

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/us...pagewanted=all
    I agree with you that in fact the season is only special to Christians, but as I said on the other thread, why bring it up now and "rain on their parade?" Sure, it's an equally valid point of view, but the season does bring joy to many people, so why not leave 'em alone and let 'em enjoy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    I agree with you that in fact the season is only special to Christians, but as I said on the other thread, why bring it up now and "rain on their parade?" Sure, it's an equally valid point of view, but the season does bring joy to many people, so why not leave 'em alone and let 'em enjoy it.
    So I take it you do not see the statement as hypocritical?


    ?It?s a season to share good will toward all men,? Mr. [Rev. Kyev] Tatum [Sr.] said. ?To have this at this time come out with a blatant disrespect of our faith, we think is unconscionable.?
    The billboard that this minister is talking about simply says, "Millions of people are good without God!" Nothing more nothing less and even the oversensitive religionist are being more then exceedingly silly claiming that is in any way shape or form disrespectful of their faith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachsparky View Post
    So I take it you do not see the statement as hypocritical?

    The billboard that this minister is talking about simply says, "Millions of people are good without God!" Nothing more nothing less and even the oversensitive religionist are being more then exceedingly silly claiming that is in any way shape or form disrespectful of their faith.
    I didn't say that it isn't hypocritical. It is hypocritical in that it is only "a season to share good will with all men" for Christians. The billboard, however, says more than just "Millions of people are good without God." It says that those who believe in the story of Jesus's miraculous birth are not using reason. It is saying that the Christmas season is based upon a myth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    I didn't say that it isn't hypocritical. It is hypocritical in that it is only "a season to share good will with all men" for Christians. The billboard, however, says more than just "Millions of people are good without God." It says that those who believe in the story of Jesus's miraculous birth are not using reason. It is saying that the Christmas season is based upon a myth.
    Where does it say that Spider? Did you even bother clicking on the link and looking at the bus that had it on there. It made no mention or reference whatsoever to the Jesus' miraculous birth. You are thinking of the other billboard. That is another topic but it also is not disrespectful unless you happen to be a hypersensitive mamby pamby religionist.

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