Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday message: Atheists dub Jesus a 'myth' on Times Square billboard

Just as midtown Manhattan comes alive with Christmas cheer, festive window displays and Salvation Army bell ringers trying to channel holiday generosity to the needy, an atheist group has a message for the masses teeming into Times Square: Jesus is a myth.

With a picture of Santa Claus above another image of Jesus Christ, the sign, sponsored by New Jersey-based American Atheists, urges passersby to "Keep the Merry!" and "Dump the Myth!" Attacks on Christianity from the group have become routine, and in the bustling heart of America's busiest city, most folks don't even waste a shrug on the sign. But some took notice, and did not approve.

“It’s a damn shame. It’s an insult,” said Anthony White, 41, a of Jersey City, N.J. said. “Why did they have to put that up?”

Matt's thoughts:
Forget the distracting faux-conflict between Christians, Jews and Muslims created by politicians and the media. The real opponents are those who not only denounce belief (which is fine, since there is no compulsion in religion, and their empty words tap as pebbles against our Spiritual Armour), but then seek to replace it with vile idolatry of mammon, ambition, and their own particular brand of wrath. Woe to the disbeliever who attempts to persecute others who possess faith, and divide submitters to God, and make light of those sent by God to inspire the world. I assure any of those who wobble and waffle, Jesus Christ of Nazareth was absolutely alive, was absolutely inspired, and is absolutely with us today in the message he shared with all mankind.