A recently released YouTube video shows atheists and Christians sparring in Daley Plaza, Chicago, shortly before a Christian group unfurls a banner that reads "A is for Angels" in front of an eight-foot tall, lit up "A," a symbol erected by the Freedom From Religion Foundation meant to stand for "atheist" or "agnostic."
The atheist organization's symbol had been approved by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sit in the city's Daley Plaza along with other holiday symbols, such as a giant Christmas tree, a menorah and a life-size nativity scene. In response, members of the Remember America Foundation, a Christian group, unveiled its own "A" banner last week at the city's annual German-American holiday market, Christkindlmarket Chicago.
Remember America Foundation Chairman William Kelly is shown in a YouTube video speaking at Daley Plaza as his group unveils the "A is for Angels" banner over the FFRF display. Kelly explains to those present at the protest last week that he doesn't believe Daley Plaza is the proper place for an atheist display, and therefore his group is trying to make the "A" symbol a positive one by changing its meaning from "atheists" to "angels." more >>
A Republican senator in New York has opposed and is finding ways to remove a new billboard launched by the American Atheists group in Times Square that claims "nobody" needs Christ during Christmas.
State Sen. Andrew Lanza from Staten Island, N.Y., is running a petition calling for "the immediate withdrawal" of the advertisement, a 40'x40' billboard that uses motion graphics to ask "Who needs Christ during Christmas?" and then crosses out the word "Christ" and replaces it with "Nobody."
The petition will be forwarded to the Mayor's Office, the City Council, the State Attorney General's office and the Times Square merchant community, according to CBS. more >>
An atheist group is offering a reward to find the people who were seen attempting to torch one of the organization's billboards in Pitman, N.J., that was erected to counter attack a "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner placed within the same town.
The "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" billboard posted by the Freedom From Religion (FFR) foundation, whose message refers to an ancient holiday named after the Roman god Saturn that took place in the winter solstice, has been the target of protestors recently.
Now, FFR is hoping to reward $2,000 to anyone with information. more >>
Two unidentified men attempted to torch a billboard near Pitman, N.J., reading "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia." The Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering an award for information leading to the capture of the culprits.
"It has gone too far this time," said Pitman Mayor Russ Johnson. "It's absolutely out of control."
An atheist advertising campaign that was previously rejected by a major billboard company in Canada has found its home in the Vancouver metro system.
The Centre for Inquiry Canada announced Monday that its pro-atheist billboards will adorn two bus shelters in downtown Vancouver as well as a billboard in the city of Burnaby thanks to the help of CBS Outdoor, a billboard company that has agreed to run the atheist organization's advertisements. The atheist group was previously turned down by Canada's biggest billboard company, Pattison Outdoor, which cited industry standards as the reason for the rejection.
"CFI is a voice for millions of Canadians who question the need for religion to live a good, meaningful life," the group's president, Kevin Smith, said in a statement Monday. "We're pleased to bring their message into the public square." more >>
The Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, Calif., has removed a donor's plaque referencing "God's creatures" after receiving a complaint from an evolution professor and outspoken proponent of atheism.
The museum's Nature Lab previously included a plaque with a quote attributed to an anonymous donor that read: "The Nature Lab is a gift to Los Angeles to celebrate all of God's creatures and enable [Natural History Museum] to broaden our understanding of the natural world through the process of scientific discovery." The Nature Lab allows visitors of all ages to participate in hands-on science projects and multimedia exhibits.
The plaque was reportedly removed Monday, according to Southern California's KPCC public radio station, after some viewers, including Jerry Coyne, took issue with the reference to "God's creatures" in a museum that highlights the importance of evolution and scientific discovery. Coyne is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, and runs the blog "Why Evolution Is True." more >>