American Atheists — a mildly prominent organization of nonbelievers whose purpose appears to be mocking organized religion by inadvertently adopting the same tactics that makes organized religion so readily mockable — unveiled a new billboard campaign, aimed at exposing "the foolishness of religion in the political landscape."
The billboards, targeting the faiths of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, were originally slated to appear in Tampa during the Republican National Convention, but no billboard company in the city would lease the group space, perhaps worried about vandalism from Christians who read Matthew 5:39 as saying, "If someone strikes you on the right cheek, burn him and his billboard also."
Instead, the advertisements will appear exclusively in Charlotte, North Carolina, ahead of and during the Democratic National Convention, in what is probably a physics experiment to determine whether a smugness singularity can be achieved by combining the middle school version of atheism (I know of what I write) with a large gathering of liberals…
"Our political system is rife with religion and it depends too much on religion and not enough on substance," said David Silverman, president of American Atheists, sponsor of the ads.
"Religion is silly and religion has components that are inherently divisive… There is no place for any of that in the political system," he said.
On the bright side, at least there's one group with the courage to attack President Obama for his Protestantism.
But really, a billboard campaign that tries to actively convert people without offering any argument, except a crude critique of Christian and Mormon beliefs that aren't central to theism? Can't see how this fails. Checkmate, Christians.
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