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Look: Atheists Have New ‘Nobody Needs Christ At Christmas’ Times Square Billboard

by David Badash on December 4, 2013

in News,Religion

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American Atheists have a new animated Times Square billboard that says “Nobody Needs Christ at Christmas.” The 50-year old organization suggests that instead of going to church, Americans should spend more time with friends, or volunteer, and touts “family, friends, charity, food, music, gifts, snow, lights, decorations, stockings, fun, ice skating, Rockettes®, parties, movies, Chinese food, human life, and hot chocolate” as the “true meaning of Xmas.”

“This season is a great time of year for a hundred reasons—none of them having to do with religion,” American Atheists President David Silverman says via a press release. “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.”

“We all love this time of year,” Silverman continued. “Christianity has been trying to claim ownership of the season for hundreds of years. But the winter solstice came first and so did its traditions. The season belongs to everybody.”

“Most people don’t care about any religious ties to the season because church and religion are not what Americans care about during this time of year—they care about family and friends and giving presents and food and having fun,” added 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.”

Over at New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer, Dan Amira said the billboard “seems specifically crafted to make Palin’s head explode into a million pieces.”

“If Sarah Palin is under the impression that Christmastime is about Jesus,” Dave Muscato, spokesman for American Atheists, tells Daily Intelligencer, “I invite her to take a look at any shopping mall the day after Thanksgiving. Christmastime is, and has been for a long time, about giving gifts, spending time with family and friends, eating, drinking, and being merry; volunteering or giving to charity, and a hundred other things that have nothing to do with religion.”

Last week American Atheists took the IRS to court over what they say is the preferential treatment the tax-collection agency gives to religious organizations. The group also launched a campaign denouncing so-called aid from religious organizations that includes spending money on prayer and bibles for victims of natural disasters.

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{ 8 comments }

libtheo December 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I'm a Christian, and I'll be the first to say that we Christians all need to focus on putting the Christ back in "Christian" before we give even a second thought to the whole "Christ in Christmas" crap.

That said, was it really necessary to have the antagonistic billboard? The statement Muscato made got me thinking—the billboard just pissed me off.

Heyim1also December 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

Is it necessary to have your religious BS tied to everything ? …Um NO …so stfu. O…Merry Holiday !

libtheo December 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

A merry holiday to you as well!

Emily Smith December 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

They did something like this near where I lived. I agree with the message, but I don't see the need for such combative tactics by either side.

Letting everyone celebrate Christmas how they choose is the Christmas spirit to me

Cyn1171 December 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

::sigh:: it's crap like this that makes people hate atheists and not take us seriously. They could have done a blllboard promoting family and community service for those that don't attend church without slamming the tenets of other people's faith. Every time stuff like this hits the media it makes it all that much harder for those of us who are atheists and would like to have the same respect for our belief system as anyone else's. Idiots.

dillonb1950 December 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

mmmm…what did the first "antagonist" billboard say? When you provide "evidence" god actually exists then we can have a discussion…until then it is all pssed down written crappolla with a bunch of ritualistic garbage. Which "sect" of christianity is true? All of them…some of them…which ones? The correct answer is none of them. Faith has a defintion…you should read it!

dillonb1950 December 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm

ok?

Veira Weight December 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Okay, as a pagan don't bring my religion into this fight.

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