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    American Atheists Group Tries to Ruin the Holidays …. and Fail Part 1

    They tried, they really did. The group American Atheists (not referring to all Atheists) tried really hard to ruin the holidays with their public display of arrogance and wealth. They put up a billboard in Times Square then when a politician had issues about it, decided to put up a second on Staten Island where I live just to target that politician. They even released a statement falsely claiming they knew what was best for everyone, had rights while ignoring everyone else’s and even had the arrogance to cry, “Victim,” and that they were in a war that justified their dumb ads.

    Let’s start at the beginning, the Times Square ad. Everyone who knows New York City knows ads in such places cost money so clearly the American Atheists spent a lot of bucks on this ad. I have redone the two main pictures of it to see the faults within. The first part has two big problems, the one asking about needing Christ is a personal appeal to anyone reading it to give up belief in it. I am not a Christian / Catholic but despite not participating in that religion, it doesn’t mean I go around trying to get people to quit through written or spoken words like this. I have known people since before the Internet was made who do try to manipulate religion and American Atheists are among them though not the only ones. Not only is it a violation of anyone’s beliefs, there is a second problem I will mention later shown by a big blunder the American Atheists made in a letter. The second part is related to the first, the bottom word, “Nobody.” Again attempting to manipulate people’s beliefs.

    I am sure people are smart enough to see ads for what they are, an attempt to manipulate the beliefs of the reader / viewer the ad is being presented to. Basic advertising 101. The American Atheists have claimed the ad, “harms no one,” an arrogant statement and blatant lie. They were clearly designed to encourage more people to convert their religion to Atheism that IS A RELIGION and easily proven. Hypocritical act considering the same American Atheists complain and make big stinks when other religions, especially Christian, take out any kind of ad themselves. So the entire first part is chock full of religious manipulation and arrogance.

    The second part I redid of the ad lists a bunch of words clearly claiming these are things the American Atheists promote during Christmas and others should too. Sadly, some of these words were not well chosen showing the designer of this ad is, there’s no other way to put it, an idiot. Some examples of fault are shown in the picture:

    Friends – you don’t make friends by pushing people in any way regarding their religious beliefs. Clearly the American Atheists group don’t believe in Friendship since they wish to alienate people by pushing THEIR beliefs on others.

    Human Life - American Atheists have not one shred of respect or dignity for it given how these ads were presented. The number of residents I mention in the picture I did is a rough amount of Staten Island, doesn’t count the amount in Manhattan or tourists whose response is unknown. I can say since the story about these ads made the local newspaper, there are others who don’t like these ads and, no, they are not all Christians though given how Internet comments go these days, American Atheists will claim without proof they all are.

    Snow – There was and still is none in New York City or Staten Island so far during the actual calendar days. Plenty of other locations do not have snow either. Was checking the weather forecast so hard?

    Gifts & Rockettes – both cost money and we are still recovering from a recession. Not everyone has the money for these especially the homeless and some of those living below poverty. Thoughtless.

    Fun – If you wanted people to have Fun, these ads would have never been shown.

    Charity – well if Charity is so important due to how big it is spelled compared to other words, why did you not give the ad money to it? Times Square ads don’t come cheap as I said above and the extra one in Staten Island obviously cost more. Could not give the money somewhere it was needed?

    If American Atheists will not follow their own values, why should anyone listen to them?


    The Times Square ad, now shown to be a costly manipulative effort on the part of an organization that does not respect its own values, has been shown for what it is. The Staten Island ad has been falsely proclaimed by American Atheists as a challenge to the politician they don’t like. The REAL reason for the second board, the only reason, is because the politician said he would look for a revocation of something that gave American Atheists tax breaks.

    That’s it. The Staten Island billboard is all about tax breaks for their spoiled little organization that does not practice what they preach. Nothing more or less. They put out this silly, false ‘press release’ claiming they were challenging the politician to call for a boycott in response to the Staten Island billboard but really it is all about the money.

    Then the American Atheists went further into the realm of the delusional by writing a letter to the politician that is also on their website. In it, the American Atheists show how out of touch with reality they are. They express themselves as ‘educating,’ a position taken by arrogant people who think very little of others and too much of themselves. They also, by the words they write, assume to speak for the majority of people in this country while claiming Freedom of Speech. Here is a real obvious truth about Freedom of Speech. It does not allow anyone to speak for others, people can speak for themselves and don’t need silly little organizations like American Atheists to do it for them. Clearly American Atheists does not like a lot of Americans, not just Christians, since their group decided to speak for everyone in America including me.

    Now the part I referred to in the paragraph starting with, "Let’s start at the beginning," in the seventh sentence (third to last) of this iReport. The American Atheists claim they have Freedom of Speech under the First Amendment. However, the same Amendment also allows Freedom of Religion, since that is in the same Amendment as Speech it clearly means a person cannot push others through speech of any kind including but not limited to billboard ads to change their religion. Since the billboards are clearly attempts to convert people, the American Atheists violated everyone's rights by attempting to convert people through these dumb, excessive, costly ads.

    The worst part regarding how American Atheists express themselves, and this really shows them to be a hate group, is that a lot of their speech I have heard before. Their attitude towards government, assuming the rights of others, attempts to educate people, etc., I heard all this before back in the 1970s and 1980s. I grew up in that time in Staten Island and New York City, the speaking habits and manners of American Atheists are very much like those of racists I was exposed to and had a lot of problems with since I did not share their beliefs. Clearly American Atheists has a lot in common with racism so American Atheists is just as much a hate group. Also, if you replace American Atheists with Westboro Baptist Church and change Christian to gay, they sound a lot like that crazy small church group further proving how hateful they are.

    I did not tolerate the racists and will not tolerate these silly American Atheists who think so little of so many unless you blindly agree with their narrow view of reality. I don’t know why this group wants to share so much of their speaking habits with racists but that’s their problem. I did not serve in the US Army defending the Constitution so any group including this one could trample on it and as a resident of Staten Island, I can speak for myself regarding how your billboards affect me.

    The rest of this will be in Part 2.

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