Atheists Attack in Times Square

American Atheists pull no punches: in Times Square they have erected a billboard that declares “Nobody needs Christ in Christmas”.

If that isn’t an attack on religion we don’t know what is. It showcases what we’ve been saying for years about the war on Christmas being just a front in the greater overall war on religion. The “war on Christmas” isn’t about Christmas — it is about religion and opposing it. Period.

This hateful, mean-spirited, and bigoted kind of intolerance should be condemned. It is not only offensive to Christians but also to atheists who celebrate Christmas. After all, as American Atheists themselves point out, many atheists celebrate Christmas.

We would once again point out that atheists are distorting the history of Christmas by claiming “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.”

Christmas pre-dates Christianty.

American Atheists are lying when they try to represent paganism as devoid of god. The Winter Solstice in many societies was anciently god-based, with theology not too dissimilar to Christianity. Where do they think pagans got their ideas of God in the first place? To embrace the thought they were godless is wildly erroneous.

This insidious element in the war on Christmas is an abomination and should be condemned by Christmas-loving fans regardless of their religious persuasion or even their lack of faith.

6 thoughts on “Atheists Attack in Times Square

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  • December 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    As an atheist, I’m uncomfortable with the overtly anti-religion stance many take toward Christmas. Bickering over the “ownership” of the word itself is absurdly divisive, when in fact the issue is simply whether or not one “celebrates” Christmas.

    To my family and I, Christmas is a fun, non-religious tradition, however I understand (and respect) that for millions of Christians it is an important and sacred day to “celebrate” the birth of Christ. That said, I do agree that religious displays – that give precedence to ANY religion – do not belong on government property.

    Belief in God, or the lack of belief, needn’t be shoved in anyone’s face. “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” both can (and do) mean goodwill to men.

  • December 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    The person who wrote this is a charlatan. The billboard does not say “Nobody needs Christ in Christmas” and they can sue you for falsely quoting what it says. Anyways, how would this offend atheist who celebrate Christmas. You CAN celebrate Christmas WITHOUT a god. Christians do NOT have a monopoly and Evergreen trees, present giving, food, family, etc. You left out the second portion of the billboard which clearly states that you should celebrate the true meaning of Christmas: friends, family, food, etc. Pagan religions came thousands of years before Christianity, so how is it logically possible for Pagan religions to copy Christianity. That’s like saying light came before the Sun (but then again, your bible does say that). Around the 16th century, the Catholic Church banned present giving because it was “too pagan for them”. Same thing with trees. The Bible BANS “Christmas trees” in Jeremiah 10:3.

    The author of this post is a hypocrite and is an ignoramus about the pagan religions, the mission of the American Atheist, and his own Bible.

  • December 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Revision on my last comment, I thought the article said “Pagans copied Christians”. So I take my statement about that back. But if Christmas is originally a Pagan religion, and the bible in fact bans Christmas trees. Why would you celebrate it? It’s against the bible. And why can’t Atheist celebrate Christmas without a God? We can do whatever we want. Who put you as authority to make as do everything exactly how they celebrated this Winter Solstice. When you have a nice pair of shoes, and you got a rock in your shoe and it’s hurting your feet, do you chuck out your shoes or just take out the rock? I’m hoping you said take out the rock. Same with Christmas. It’s a fun tradition. Since it typically comes with religion (the harmful dogma), just throw out religion and keep Christmas. That’s what this Billboard is about!

  • December 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Your view is more representative of most atheists we encounter in the Christmas community — and most people of faith as well. It is the extremes on both sides claiming to represent masses of people who create the controversy that exploits Christmas.

  • December 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

    This billboard is a slap in the face to a Christian. I have a three year old son whom I am teaching about the love of Jesus Christ and how his birth is the true meaning of Christmas. But because of Atheists responsible for this type of advertisement, I have to prepare myself much sooner than I ever imagined for questions regarding why Christmas has to be about Christ? This is a deliberate intrusion on my beliefs as well as other Christian families who are trying to teach these values to their children. Atheist organizations defend this by claiming they are merely promoting the importance of being with family during this time of year–give me a break. This is a blatant attack on Christianity that was carefully orchestrated during this particular time of year in order to create controversy. Atheists shouldn’t have religion shoved down their throat. I get it. However, what I fail to understand is why they go so overboard during this time of year to promote such negativity and confusion which ultimately affects innocent Christian children. Does it honestly offend an Atheists to hear or see the word Christmas? Does the term Christmas really ruin how an Atheist can spend time with their family? I don’t understand why this mere terminology is suddenly so offensive when Atheists have long celebrated “being with their families” during the holiday season in the past. If the term is changed, what will that solve? Nothing. Extreme Atheists will then search diligently for another term that is politically incorrect and dissect it until it was ultimately changed as well. It’s just sad.

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