Another Atheist Billboard Launches in Times Square: ‘Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Nobody.’ December 4, 2013

Another Atheist Billboard Launches in Times Square: ‘Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Nobody.’

I’m losing track of all the atheist/Creationist billboards in Times Square, but the latest salvo in the mythical War on Christmas belongs to American Atheists. Today, they’re launching a 15-second digital billboard reminding viewers that even atheists can celebrate the holiday season.

The main message reads: “Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody.”

“This season is a great time of year for a hundred reasons — none of them having to do with religion,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “This year, start a new tradition: Don’t go to church. You hate it, it’s boring; you probably only go because you feel guilty or obligated. Instead, spend more time with your family and friends — or volunteer. There are better uses of your time and money.”

“Church and religion are not what most Americans care about during this time of year — they care about family and friends and giving presents and food and having fun,” said Public Relations Director Dave Muscato. “Many so-called ‘Christmas’ traditions celebrated by Americans have nothing to do with Christianity. For example, the North Pole and Santa traditions come from Nordic and Germanic pagan traditions, and caroling, yule logs, mistletoe, holly wreaths all pre-date Christianity,”

The ad will appear in Times Square for the next week, after which it’ll be moved to Penn Station through the end of December.

How much did it cost? Technically, nothing. This ad was part of a larger deal American Atheists has with a billboard company and was an add-on to a previous campaign.

The message itself is hardly controversial, though the crossing out of Christ during the ad and the use of the X in “Xmas” will probably anger those Christians just itching to have a culture wars fight.

Either way, it’ll be hard to top last year’s provocative (and huge) Times Square billboard that read “Keep the merry! Dump the myth!”

This is the third non-religious group to put up a message in Times Square in the span of two months. In October, the Freedom From Religion Foundation countered a Creationist ad with one of their own:

And last week, the Center For Inquiry put up a 15-second digital ad focusing on the more positive aspects of Humanism this time of year:

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  • I’m a bible believing Christian, and actually agree with this. Let me elaborate. Christmas really isn’t about Christ. It has been hijacked by retailers. The meaning of Christmas has become shop and spend. Get into debt and be miserable and stressed after the fact as you struggle to pay off all the debt you got yourself into. Christians can delude themselves that the meaning of Christmas is about Christ, but they are sadly mistaken. When atheists are celebrating Christmas, it should be pretty clear that it’s not a Christian holiday. Wake up Christians!! Every single “tradition” was stolen from the pagans. That is why I have decided to no longer celebrate it.

  • Right you are. Finally, a fellow Christian who has “seen the light” about this pagan holiday!!!

  • Retail Madness.

  • Christmas Really Isn’t about Christ – Why I’m not Celebrating it Even though I’m a Christian

  • mickrussom

    Jesus Christ is Lord and savior. Christ and the followers of Christ have Good News. If you dont want to hear the Good News – well, we will try to politely tell you again later. Christ gave us the perfect gift. And no man, no government, can give you this. The evil doers will try to disparage Christ and the Good news, but a small child born 2000 years ago that changes the world is still a controversy today, well, thats impressive to say the least. The atheists would be more convincing if they were dismissive, but to actively assault Christ seems to indicate nefarious intentions. I have to say these atheists are more dedicated to denying God than believers in praising God publicly. cv

  • Is it normal to keep trying to give a gift to a person that tells you clearly they don’t want it? Seems pretty obnoxious to me.

  • Milo

    Interesting, but the study’s findings are not peer reviewed
    making them no better than a glorified opinion. I prefer a credible source at Harvard
    University, the study done by Professor Robert Putnam.

  • baal

    I don’t want to be tasked with telling the true christians apart from the wannebes. Wasabi, on the other hand, I do want. Especially with sushi.

  • Tyler99

    Well, I’m a Christian, And no, I’m not here to “Force my beliefs on you”, but i have an opinion on this too. A lot of people Need Christ in Christmas, Because it’s celebrating the birth of jesus. I think it would be fine if they put a billboard up that said something like “Happy holidays from Atheists”
    Or something, but signs like this are not OK to me. To me, it seems like the American Atheists are doing exactly what they don’t want done to them, I mean, how would they feel if they saw a sign that said “You need jesus, get saved today!” (Or something like that)? I’m sure they wouldn’t like it, but they’re basically doing the same thing to Religious people. And I personally think the whole “Keep it merry, dump the myth” Thing is a bit rude too. I understand atheists celebrate Christmas too, but i don’t think it’s Santa, or the gifts that make Christmas good, it’s having a Good time and spending time with family, and well, for Christians, celebrating the birth of Jesus. Hey, i have an Idea, instead of wasting money on erecting all these useless billboards up, Start a charity event thing, where people can donate gifts to the poor. Anyways, I doubt many people here will agree with my opinion, and that’s fine, but have a Merry Christmas!

  • CarynL

    We do see those signs, literally all the time. What else does the “Keep Christ in Christmas” sign mean? I’m sure you do think it’s rude when other people don’t show what you consider the “proper respect” for your beliefs, but I’m equally sure that you personally disdain sincere beliefs others hold. Having beliefs does not entitle you to respectful behavior from others towards those beliefs.

  • OhNoodlyOne

    If you don’t like it, that’s ok. You don’t have to like everything in the world. I don’t either.

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