by WNCN staff
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – New holiday billboards put up by an Atheist organization in North Carolina and Colorado might cause some drivers to do a double take.
American Atheists, a group that “fights to protect the absolute separation of religion from government and raise the profile of atheism in the public discourse,” has set up holiday billboards in Kernersville, near Winston-Salem, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to a release from the organization.
The billboard features a jolly Santa Claus urging viewers to “Go ahead and skip church! Just be good for goodness’ sake.” The ad ends with “Happy Holidays!” instead of Merry Christmas.
“We want people to know that going to church has absolutely nothing to do with being a good person,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists. “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.”
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