American Atheists, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, put up a digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square that asks “Who needs Christ during Christmas?”
The 40-by-40-foot sign shows a series of motion graphics that starts with that question. Then a hand crosses out “Christ” and writes “Nobody.”
Then it says, “Celebrate the true meaning of Xmas.”
The ad suggests the true meaning of the holiday includes charity, family, fun, ice-skating, parties, food and the Rockettes.
“This season is a great time of year for a hundred reasons — none of them having to do with religion,” David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said in a press release. “This year, start a new tradition: Don’t go to church. You hate it, it’s boring; you probably only go because you feel guilty or obligated. Instead, spend more time with your family and friends — or volunteer. There are better uses of your time and money.”
“We all love this time of year,” he added. “Christianity has been trying to claim ownership of the season for hundreds of years. But the winter solstice came first and so did its traditions. The season belongs to everybody.”
Last year, the group’s Christmas Times Square ad asked people to “Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth!”