American Atheists: „Keep the Merry – Dump the Myth“

AAAAuftakt zum großen Weihnachtsspektakel der Ungläubigen: In New York haben Atheisten ein provozierendes Plakat aufgehängt und alle Religionsmüden aufgefordert, endlich Farbe zu bekennen. Christmas könne auch ohne Christus verdammt viel Spaß machen, so ihre Überzeugung.



Was haben der Weihnachtsmann, Jesus, Satan und Poseidon gemeinsam? Nicht viel, sagen die einen. Etwas sehr Elementares, sagen die anderen. Bei allen vieren handele es sich um Mythen, Götzenbilder, Sagengestalten.

Im vergangenen Jahr sorgte die US-amerikanische Atheistenvereinigung mit genau diesem Vergleich für Unmut unter Christen im Bundesstaat New Jersey. Mit Unverständnis erinnert sich ein Gemeindepfarrer an die „dumme und vulgäre“ Aktion, bei der die Genannten als Götzenbilder des (Aber-)Glaubens über einen Kamm geschoren wurden.



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Winter Billboard Launched in Times Square


American Atheists‘ latest billboard, located in the heart of New York City, is set to launch on December 11, 2012.  Strategically positioned in Times Square (across from the M&M store), the billboard will display images of Santa and Jesus with the message, „Keep the merry! Dump the myth!“

David Silverman, President of American Atheists stated, „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 wonderful holiday season.“

The billboard will remain in Times Square from December 11, 2012 through January 10, 2013.


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