Responding to a Times Square digital billboard taunting atheists over the existence of God, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is blaring a message of its own.
Earlier this week, the evangelical group Answers in Genesis bought ad space in New York City’s tourist-congested Times Square, as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles, proclaiming, “To all of our atheist friends: Thank God you’re wrong.” Answers in Genesis is best known for its plan to open a creationist theme-park in Louisville, Kentucky.
FFRF responded, on the very same billboard, with former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney exclaiming, “OMG, there is no god!”
The original billboard:
Side by side:
Sweeney is the author of Letting Go of God, a play about a young women’s loss of faith.
In a statement, the foundation called this a “lighthearted message.”
“A fifth of the U.S. population identifies as nonbelievers,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, one of FFRF’s co-founders. “We don’t thank a nonexistent god, we put faith in each other and human ingenuity. We believe in deeds, not creeds. We believe the only afterlife that ought to concern us is leaving our descendants a secure and pleasant future.”
It’s the organization’s third Times Square billboard. Atheist and evangelical groups have a history of publicly bickering with each other in New York City, especially around Christmas.
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