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