American Atheists are no stranger to contoroversial billboard campaigns at this time of year, and I have to say I really liked their offering from a couple of years ago:
Here’s their billboard for this year:
What do you think? I think it isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as the above one, and the crucifix seems out of place for Christmas, but it makes the point that you can celebrate the midwinter season (whether you call it Christmas, Yule, Solstice, Hannukah, whatever) without having to believe in religion. I would argue that the religious myth (just like the Santa myth they also showcase) is an important part of our cultural heritage, but that’s another story.
Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, remarks:
“We know that a large population of ‘Christians’ are actually atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion. If you know god is a myth, you do not have to lie and call yourself ‘Christian’ in order to have a festive holiday season. You can be merry without the myth, and indeed, you should.”
Mr. Silverman continued, “We encourage people to be honest with themselves and their families this year. If you don’t believe in god, tell your family—honesty is the greatest gift, and they deserve it.”
Teresa MacBain, Communications Director and a former pastor stated, “The true beauty of the season—family, friends, and love—have nothing to do with the gods of yesteryear. Indeed, the season is far more enjoyable without the religious baggage of guilt and judgmentalism. Dump the myth and have a happy holiday season.”