If you’re in the Colorado Springs, Colorado or Winston-Salem, North Carolina areas, then you might have seen this controversial billboard.
The organization, American Atheists has continued their holiday tradition with a series of billboards in areas with a strong evangelical influence. This year’s billboard features Santa Claus encouraging people to skip church and “just be good for goodness’ sake.”
David Silverman, the president of American Atheists said, “We want people to know that going to church has absolutely nothing to do with being a good person. The things that are most important during the holiday season—spending time with loved ones, charity, and being merry—have nothing to do with religion.”
They say it’s not an attack on Christmas. They want to embrace the holiday without the connection to religion or Christianity.
The organization stated, “This year’s holiday billboard is designed to reach the millions of people who still attend church occasionally and call themselves religious, but have doubts about their beliefs.”
— American Atheists (@AmericanAtheist) December 7, 2015
“It is important for these folks who are on the fence about their beliefs to know that they can take that first big step and leave church. There are tens of millions of atheists in this country. We’re everywhere. And we don’t need church or gods to tell us how to be good people,” said national program director of American Atheists, Nick Fish.