Catholic League, Late to the Game, Finally Gets a Billboard in Times Square December 18, 2013

Catholic League, Late to the Game, Finally Gets a Billboard in Times Square

I know you’re all Times Square-d out by now, but Bill Donohue‘s Catholic League just got a billboard there. The message calls American Atheists (I assume) “Scrooges” and encourages viewers to “celebrate the prince of peace”:

To which I say… meh.

It’s not a very powerful or effective message. People won’t bother to look twice.

Compare that to the atheist/Creationist billboard wars that took place weeks ago and you can see that Donohue miscalculated how much anyone would care.

By the way, we already got the “message.” We all know what some Christians celebrate. The entire point of American Atheists’ recent campaign was to say that there are alternative ways to celebrate the holidays that don’t involve Jesus.

(via Joe. My. God.)

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  • Donatello

    An organization with a sword in its logo asks us to celebrate the “Prince of Peace”. Just fantastic.

  • Wildcard

    I don’t know Hemant, the red on white visual design catches the eye pretty well. Visual interest alone causes me to look twice.Not great not even that good but it looks like it would catch people’s eyes.

  • baal

    bill donahue or the CL has ever done something useful for Civil Rights? Color me shocked, I suspect that tag line is a full of BS as he is.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Then there’s Matthew 10:34: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

  • unbound55

    “Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

    That is one of the funniest oxymorons I’ve seen in a long time

  • A3Kr0n

    Hey…. I bet you forgot all about the cool FFRF billboard in my town a few months ago. Now look at what has replaced it:

    God put up a bigger sign!

  • Don’t make Jesus come kick your ass.

  • If you are male, sure. If female, not so much.

  • I’m thinking of investing in a Times Square billboard company.

  • Lucilius

    Is there a better exemplar of “Scrooge” than Bill Donohue?

  • Neko

    You knew it was coming (NSFW):

  • Jeff

    You know how the conspiracy theory goes that computer anti-virus makers actually write virii code so that people will buy their product? Maybe, if we can fund enough atheist billboards, we can make the likes of AiG go broke trying to compete in the billboard arms race. It would be the US-Soviet Cold War all over again.

  • LesterBallard

    I’ve always thought of Donohue as a perfect exemplar of a hemorrhoid.

  • I love how they call it the less violent version of the passion of the Christ.

  • Lilly Munster

    “Catholics for Civil Rights?” WTF? Catholicism bragging about Civil Rights is the equivalent of Nazis bragging about German made Matzos. BTW. Notice how these idiots once again represent the nativity characters as WHITE. Except, of course, the Black Wise Guy, who apparently flew in from Detroit.

  • Belaam

    “Celebrate the Prince of Peace” “Happy New Year”

    Oh noes! Not only are they trying to keep Christ is Christmas, they’re now trying to shove him into New Years!

  • Well, male > 12 anyway.

  • Neko

    To which I say… meh.

    It’s not a very powerful or effective message. People won’t bother to look twice.

    Really? It’s better designed then the AA campaign. Of course that’s not saying much.

  • diogeneslamp0

    Does this make any sense at all– celebrating “Peace” by calling other people “Scrooges”?

    Christians turned Christmas into Orwell’s Two Minutes’ Hate. Everything about Christmas is now about hate. Thanks, Fox News!

  • Rain

    Yeah what “message” are they supposed to be sending. We already get it whatever it is. The only thing that bothers me about “Merry Christmas” is that Bill Donohue gets his whoopty-doo-daw jingle-jollies if I say it. Which amounts to practically zero on the “what bothers me” scale lol. Merry Christmas everyone and your little dog too. Maniacal laugh.

  • Mario Strada

    Not just a sword, a Crusader Shield and a sword.
    You have to admit that using the cross as a symbol was a stroke of genius. Any two sticks put together and you have a cross. Build a skyscraper? Crosses all over the place. Every frigging corner jeebus is speaking to you. Standing at an intersection? There is your cross. Huge cross.
    See how it works?

  • sam

    That’s an insult to flaming hemorrhoids.

  • $925105

    I’m outraged and feel persecuted over this billboard, said no Atheist ever. Atheists simply aren’t whiny ass drama queens like Donahue.

  • $925105

    He left off the “for Catholics only” because the title would have been too honest.

  • Male > 12 who thinks boobs are great and penises are not, anyways.

  • Robster

    I thought it was a lower case ‘t’, jeesus…

  • You seem to be equivocating between design and message.

  • Dan Robinson

    Good ol’ Bill Donohue. So reliably childish.

  • Neko

    They’re two different things! The message isn’t directed toward me, anyway.

  • Morgan
  • Croquet_Player

    Well put.

  • SeekerLancer

    The only thing Bill Donohue and the Catholic League have done here is prove that we can rile them up enough to cause them to spend money they wouldn’t have spent otherwise on something completely irrelevant.

  • Gerry Mooney

    Move along, people, nothing to see here.

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