In an interview about the controversial billboard in New York, Dave Muscato of American Atheists said, “We’re improving Christmas.”
Thanks, but no thanks. Remember when Coke tried to improve its recipe? I predict that most Americans will stick with Classic Christmas.
Madeline Murray O’Hair once said, “An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church.” So how many hospitals have atheists built so far? Trick question with an easy answer: zero. Furthermore, there don’t seem to be any atheists planning to build any hospitals. Perhaps they’ll get around to that after they’ve completed their very uplifting ad campaigns.
Note: In June, when the atheists set up their crude nonument in Starke, FL, David Silverman said that a generous donor was prepared to provide up to $500,000 to fund up to 50 additional nonuments elsewhere in the U.S. Those were nice round unverifiable numbers, and nobody questioned Silverman about them. There hasn’t been any news about additional nonuments since. American Atheists definitely know how to get a good bang for their marketing buck.
A few atheists’ responses to the billboard, from Hemant Mehta’s Friendly Atheist Blog
“No wonder we have a reputation for being angry and heartless.” Axe Girl
“These ads serve no purpose other than to congratulate those who already think like us and it alienates those who could otherwise be reached…How am I supposed to tell my friends and allies that Atheists aren’t the enemy when A.A. acts so blatantly irrational and spiteful?” Madison Blane
“Who needs Christ during Christmas? Lots of people. They’re called Christians. We may not like that, but I wouldn’t call them nobody / nobodies. It’s a needless provocation. Also, I find it amazing how bad it all looks, again, from a design and art direction point of view. Busy, crammed, dizzy with clashing colors and non-complementary typefaces.” Terry Firma (haha)
“The biggest sin (pun intentional) with most of these AA billboards—aside from apparently having been designed by a 12 year old who just discovered the gradient tool—is a fundamental communication strategy myopia that fails to meet the target audience where they are.” Vini Marques Jeff
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