Tis The Season: NYC Atheist vs. Catholic Billboard Battle

Travel News — By Mike Barish on December 9, 2010 at 10:35 am

It’s that wonderful time of year when people of various faiths, cultures and backgrounds set aside their differences and celebrate peace, hope and love. Unless, of course, you’re atheists who want to spread the word that that whole nativity scene is a myth. Or you’re devout Catholics who don’t appreciate having your savior’s creation story mocked. The best way to sort this all out? Did you say formal debate or thought-provoking op-ed pieces in the New York Times? No thanks. Let’s just use billboards on either end of the Lincoln Tunnel. (Ed. note: Sigh)

Asylum has the story about how American Atheists posted a billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel proclaiming “You KNOW it’s a myth” with regard to the nativity scene. The Catholic League responded in kind with a billboard of their own in the Manhattan side of the tunnel announcing “You Know it’s Real.” Someone’s commute just got Biblical.

What can we learn from all of this? Well, American Atheists and the Catholic League both use capitalization loosely. They also have strong marketing budgets. Other than that, well, we’re fairly certain that the days of civil discourse may be dead. Perhaps good old-fashioned debate can be resurrected? See what we did there? Happy holidays (or not, if, you know, holidays aren’t your thing).

[Image: AP]

Tags: American Atheists, atheists, billboards, Catholic, Catholic League, Jesus, Lincoln Tunnel, new jersey, New York, NYC

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