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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