Beginning last week, billboards sponsored by American Atheists began going up in cities across the country that urge people to skip church this Christmas. The campaign has targeted several areas that are generally more conservative and religious-friendly. This is part of an annual campaign that American Atheists runs.
This year’s billboards include one that riffs on Donald Trump’s election campaign slogan. It reads, “Make Christmas great again. Skip Church!”
Another billboard features two women, one of whom is texting that she will not be going to church for the holiday and that her parents will “get over it”.
On the point of the campaign David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said “It is important for people to know religion has nothing to do with being a good person, and that being open and honest about what you believe—and don’t believe—is the best gift you can give this holiday season. More and more Americans are leaving religion, but we still have work to do when it comes to fighting the stigma many atheists face.”
Atheists who see these billboards and who may be hiding their lack of belief from their family or friends out of fear of being stigmatized will hopefully realize they are not alone and can seek out support.