American Atheists ‘Celebrate’ Year of the Bible in Harrisburg with Outrageous Billboard

Image: American Atheists

Image: American Atheists

Responding to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives declaring 2012 the ‘Year of the Bible,’ AmericanAtheists.org have paid for and put up a billboard in the capitol which reads, “Slaves, obey your masters.” The atheistic group says they’re not being offensive. Just sending a message.

“The message this billboard conveys is the House of Representatives should not be celebrating a barbaric and Bronze Age book,” reads the group’s site. “We do not in any way condone slavery, but the bible does. We have outgrown such hideous actions toward humanity.”

The billboard was designed by American Atheists’ Pennsylvania State Director, Ernest Perce V. The verse comes from the New Testament, specifically, Colossians 3:22 (“Slaves obey your masters”) and, according to the group, is “found in several versions of the bible.”

It’s not without controversy. The billboard, rented for 28 days, is upsetting some in the Harrisburg area. Mayor Linda Thompson called the group “anti-christs” according to PennLive. “I’ll continue to pray for the atheists, that they may find Jesus Christ one day,” she said.

On Tuesday, January 24, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives declared 2012 the “Year of the Bible.” Since then, many have wondered what that says about the Commonwealth’s separation of church and state. Several lawmakers, such as Reps. Babette Josephs and Mark Cohen, both of Philadelphia, have apologized for the vote and even called for a repeal. But that hasn’t—and likely, won’t—happen. Many lawmakers claim they didn’t know what they were voting for when they passed the resolution.

UPDATE: The billboard was torn down overnight and replaced.

UPDATE 2: America’s “Worst Website” The Fox Nation has looked at the story, which has now been covered by the Associated Press, and created this headline around it: “Atheists Smear Christians with Slavery Billboard.” The comments, not surprisingly, have been closed.

9 Responses to “ American Atheists ‘Celebrate’ Year of the Bible in Harrisburg with Outrageous Billboard ”

  1. Matt Hazz says:

    “Many lawmakers claim they didn’t know what they were voting for when they passed the resolution.”

    And that, my friends, is the problem. Any lawmaker who says that publicly should be summarily voted OUT of office.

  2. [...] American Atheists, Inc. paid for this controversial billboard in Harrisburg on Monday. Overnight, Philadephia Weekly reports, the sign was taken down and replaced with another billboard.Point… taken? This [...]

  3. Dana says:

    @Matt Haazz–Amen!

  4. Charles Miller says:

    This billboard is controversial only because it quotes exactly what the Christian Bible says and puts it in the context of the slave trade. Any anger over this is misdirected at American Atheists, unless one is either pro-slavery or turns a blind eye, a deaf ear, and a still tongue to the role of Christianity in promoting slavery throughout history.

  5. Jose says:

    What’s outrageous is that this “journalist” seems to be taking sides on the story without being biased. What’s so outrageous about the billboard? How dare the American Atheists quote scripture? Or whats more outrageous is the fact that grown men still believe in fairy tales. Making 2012 the year of the Bible sounds more outrageous than renting out a billboard that simply states what the christians believe in.

  6. Things were much simpler when I was young.

  7. Steven F. Narkum says:

    THEY SHOULD PUT ALL OF TOU ATHEIST SCUMBAGS ON A SHIP ALONG WITH THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS, ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS, LEFTWING COMMUNIST LIBERALS, UNIONS, LET IT GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN AND SINK IT !!!!!

  8. Steven F. Narkum says:

    (ATHEISTS SUCK THE SLIME FROM SWEATY LAWYERS SCROTUMS)

  9. Mr. Biz Niz says:

    Yea, Christians are the ONLY group EVR to own and use slaves. The ONLY ones. Got that? No one else ever in the history of the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Oh, yeah, and only AMERICAN CHRISTIANS. Nobody else ever.

    Now, lemmings, on to the next shiny object..look Satah Palin is over there, quick, go hate…

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