Atheist Billboards Go Up for Democratic Convention

Group puts up anti-Christianity, anti-Mormonism signs
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2012 11:03 AM CDT
Atheist Billboards Go Up for Democratic Convention
The phrase "under God" was spray-painted by vandals onto an atheist billboard on Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, via North Carolina Secular Association)

People headed to the Democratic National Convention will be greeted by billboards condemning religion, thanks to American Atheists. The group is specifically targeting Mormonism and Christianity with the ads, which will be up starting today for a month in Charlotte, CNN reports. They read:

  • Christianity: "Sadistic God; Useless Savior, 30,000+ Versions of 'Truth,' Promotes Hate, Calls it 'Love.'" Accompanied by a picture of Jesus' image on toast.
  • Mormonism: "God is a Space Alien, Baptizes Dead People, Big Money, Big Bigotry." Accompanied by a picture of a guy in, presumably, special Mormon underwear.

"Our political system is rife with religion and it depends too much on religion and not enough on substance," the group's sponsor explains. "Religion is silly and religion has components that are inherently divisive. … There is no place for any of that in the political system." Both billboards urge readers to join American Atheists with the line, "Atheism: Simply Reasonable." The group originally planned the anti-Mormonism billboard for Tampa, host city of the Republican National Convention, but no billboard company there would lease to them. (More atheism stories.)

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