Motorists in Colorado and North Carolina have expressed a wide array of feedback over a current ad campaign funded by the anti-faith activists at American Atheists. In a direct continuation of the group’s 2014 effort to further separate Christ from Christmas, this year’s billboards feature Santa Claus encouraging kids to “skip church” for the holidays.
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“Last year’s billboard,” American Atheists President David Silverman explained, “showed a child writing a letter to Santa, telling him that all she wanted for Christmas was to skip church. This year, Santa wrote back.” WHNT asked its viewers to weigh in with their thoughts on the campaign. The responses were mixed. At least one supporter, who declared churches “unnecessary and destructive,” called the billboard’s message “great advice for every day of your life.” A critic opined, however, that he has “never seen a group of people get so worked up over a God they say doesn’t exist.” As for the perceived efficacy of the campaign, the reviews also varied. “I think the American Atheists got a lot of bang for their buck with that billboard,” one Twitter user wrote, “because local news stations keep tweeting it out.” If the intent is to erase Jesus from the holiday, however, another user argued the effort will fall flat. “Going to church does not make you a Christian,” the tweet stated. “If Atheists think skipping church will keep Christ out of the season they are wrong.” Santa Claus controversy extended to North Carolina as well, when a gun shop featured an armed St. Nick encouraging passersby to consider a gun for Christmas.
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