On the American Atheists’ “skip church” billboard campaign.

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Deep in the heart of superstition …

American Atheists launch provocative campaign in religious Deep South, by Peter Foster (The Telegraph)

Advertising hoardings show a young girl writing a letter to Father Christmas: “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”

Counterpoint: Billboards are a waste of money, anyway.

American Atheists’ Billboard Campaign is Misguided, by Steve Neumann (Patheos)

While I admire American Atheists’ chutzpah for operating deep in hostile territory, I think their strategy is misguided. This Christmas season they are showing billboards in the Bible Belt with little children saying things like “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.” I don’t think this is the best use of their resources, for several reasons.

My conclusion: Polemics never got anywhere by being meek and self-effacing, and we’ll have to break a few eggs to halt the encroachment of theocracy in America.

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