American Atheists (AA), a prominent secular group, is unleashing a contentious billboard campaign seemingly aimed at bashing presidential candidates' -- and the general populations' religious beliefs. While attempting to boost its own standing, AA is using the two billboard as an opportunity to lambaste Christianity. CNN has more about the atheist-led campaign:
A prominent atheist group is using next month's Democratic National Convention to take aim at the presidential candidates' religion, planning to put up billboards targeting Mormonism and Christianity in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the week of the convention there.
“Our political system is rife with religion and it depends too much on religion and not enough on substance," said David Silverman, president of American Atheists, sponsor of the ads.
"Religion is silly and religion has components that are inherently divisive. … There is no place for any of that in the political system,” he said.
The first billboard comes with the header "Christianity." It goes on to call God "sadistic" and to dub Jesus Christ a "useless" savior. The full text reads, "Sadistic God; Useless Savior, 30,000+ Version of 'Truth.' Promotes Hate, Calls it 'Love.'" Clearly, believers are going to take issue with these characterizations.
Interestingly, AA decided to put out a separate billboard targeting Mormonism, presidential candidate Mitt Romney's faith. The text, "God Is a Space Alien, Baptizes Dead People, Big Money, Big Bigotry" is present on the billboard.
It also shows a man wearing white underwear, an apparent reference to special undergarments that are worn by adherents:
Both of the billboards feature the line, "Atheism: Simply Reasonable." Originally, the atheist group wanted to place the messages in Tampa, Florida, to coincide with the Republican National Convention, but they were unable to find companies willing to rent space for them.
This isn't the first time the group has taken this avenue of spreading its non-belief, as AA has become known for launching similar billboards across the nation. In the past they've reached out to Jews and Muslims and issued a controversial slave billboard, to name just two examples.
(H/T: USA Today)