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MSNBC Guest Reacts To Atheist Group-Funded Billboard Depicting Shackled Slave

On Friday’s edition of Jansing & Co, pastor and former Bush aid Joe Watkins discussed a controversial (and recently torn down) billboard presented by AmericanAtheists.org and PAnonbelievers.org as a protest against the declaration of 2012 as “The Year of the Bible.”

Watkins called the billboard “hurtful” and “mean-spirited” for depicting the image of a shackled African slave beside a quote from Colossians 3:22: “Slaves, obey your masters.”

“This lesson is Bronze Age ethics,” it continues, “brought to you by THE YEAR OF THE BIBLE and the House of Representatives.”

Watkins explained that the verse, written by St. Paul while he had been imprisoned, refers to a call to put on “on the armor the Christ,” and noted that slavery has predated the U.S.’s own slave labor practices by thousands of years.

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American Athiests’ Ernest Perce explained the motivation behind the billboard:

Being a former ordained minister, it was verses like Colossians 3:22 that drove me to atheism. How could such a loving God command slaves to obey their masters?

Have a look, via MSNBC:

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