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Friday, December 5, 2014

Bible Belt billboards: Opposites detract

You sure?  (Photo by vastateparksstaff)
Deep within the Bible Belt, Christmas-season billboards are facing off with one another.

Grace Church of Alma, Arkansas – which bills itself as “The Perfect Place for Imperfect People” – is planning on responding to a nearby atheist billboard with one of their own.

The atheist billboard, which has been replicated in key locations throughout the Deep South, shows a child penning this message:  Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is to skip church.  I’m too old for fairy tales.   

The Grace Church billboard will soon proclaim:  Questions, Doubts and Curiosity…  All Welcome at Grace Church.

This feisty opposition has come to be known as the “Christmas wars.”  Some think this is simply a healthy reflection of a free and pluralistic society.  Others are not quite as upbeat.

Former Florida GOP congressman Allen West had this complaint about the atheist billboards: “…why use the image of a little child?  Why are adults spoiling Christmas for kids?”

American Atheist Public Relations Director Danielle Muscato offered this explanation to the Memphis media:  The girl on the billboard is a real person, she’s actually the daughter of one of our members.


Copyright December 5, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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