Billboard tells people to ‘skip church it’s all fake news’
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A billboard in Albuquerque, N.M., is causing controversy with its anti-organized religion message ahead of the holidays.
Featuring one of President Trump’s tried-and-trite insults next to the nativity scene, the sign reads, “Just skip church it’s all fake news.”
At the bottom of the billboard in much smaller font, it adds cheerily enough, “Happy holidays from American Atheists!”
The billboard appears along I-25 in New Mexico’s most populous city.
Since going up last week, some residents have said they feel the message is inappropriate.
“I think it’s terrible because Christmas is almost here for one thing and that’s not the way I wish to celebrate the holidays,” Connie Lindsay told KRQE.
“I think inclusion is important. It’s definitely important, but to that degree, I don’t know if that’s necessary,” said Greg Aguilar. “It’s just not in my belief system.”
However, the organization responsible for the anti-faith advertisement maintains they’re just trying to make non-Christians feel acknowledged.
“Christianity or any other religion doesn’t have a monopoly on December. So, our message here is, however, you want to celebrate it go ahead and do that,” said Nick Fish with American Atheists.
Albuquerque’s not the only city to be home to the skeptical signage, as there are two in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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Additionally, an American Atheists billboard featuring Kris Kringle and the words “Just like Santa Claus, the Atheists are comin’ to town!” has gone up in Oklahoma City ahead of the organization’s annual convention in the spring.
According to FiveThirtyEight, a recent study suggested that 26% percent of Americans may not believe in God.