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 >>
Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham called atheists "intolerant" following their criticism of his recent interview with Fox and Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, where he stood up for his beliefs and commented on atheist billboards.
"So why do those who oppose AiG's message get so upset when we are able to articulate our message publicly in the secular media? It's because they really are intolerant of any beliefs but their own," Ham wrote Tuesday on Facebook.
"Anti Christian ideology has permeated much of the secular news media and so often Biblical Christians are mocked, misrepresented or attacked for what they believe by anti-Christian agenda driven reporters. Secularists have had their way so long in the secular media now, when a Christian is allowed to represent a Christian worldview, even if for a short time, the opposition goes ballistic," the creationist continued. more >>
In Chicago's Daley Plaza, wedged between – and in front of – the traditional nativity display and a giant menorah, there sits something new this year: an 8-foot-tall letter "A" lit up in red.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) placed the big "A" in downtown Chicago. They say the "A" stands for Atheist, but it also represents Attack, given its timing and placement. While the nativity scene is linked to Christmas, and the menorah is part of Hanukah, the only apparent purpose for this lighted letter "A" is to demean the other displays.
In Florida's State Capitol, the rotunda is available to different groups who apply for space. In early December, a group called the Florida Nativity Scene Committee sponsored a traditional nativity scene of Jesus' birth to mark the Christmas season. FFRF wasted little time in snagging a spot immediately following them, displaying what they describe as a "nativity scene parody in which Ben Franklin, the Statue of Liberty, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison on bended knee, gaze adoringly at a copy of the Bill of Rights in a crib." This display is not an expression of faith or faithlessness, or even a political statement, but an uncalled-for attack on the traditional nativity. more >>