Are Dueling Pro-Christian and Pro-Atheist Billboards the Reason for the Season?

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Break out the banjo, geeee-tar and Deliverance song book 'cause it's time to raise a holler over dueling billboards along the 55 freeway.

On one side, hanging on a 40-foot trailer in the O'Neil Storage lot facing the 55 near Dyer Road in Santa Ana, is the billboard proclaiming, "Jesus Christ is the Reason for the Season." Nearby, along the 55 north of Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, is another that reads, "Tis' the Season to Celebrate Reason--Happy Winter Solstice Non-Believers!"

The pro-Lord display's message, or one very similar to it, has been featured at the Christian-owned storage lot for the past several Decembers. According to the mischief makers of Backyard Skeptics--the organized group of Orange County atheists, humanists and other non-believers--O'Neil Storage's owner knew nothing of the pagan-promoting billboard 2 miles south of his, nor of the Winter Solstice being something worth celebrating.

"All of the supposedly Christian traditions have been taken from pagan belief systems," explains Backyard Skeptics founder Bruce Gleason in a release that lists the holiday tree, ornaments and mistletoe among them. It's also pointed out that feasts, yule logs, blazing fires, processions, door-to-door caroling and parades with floats can be traced back to the customs and observances of the early Mesopotamians. "Gift giving was common in the Roman celebration of  Saturnalia, an ancient festival which took place in late December," the release states.

"Not one attribute of the holiday season is founded on Christ's birth or Christianity," Gleason is quoted as saying. "Many of today's Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ Child was born."

To further drive home this message, Backyard Skeptics members assemble at 5 p.m. today at the Circle K market at the southeast corner of Fair and the 55 before embarking on a two minute walk to their 48- x 14-foot billboard on the lot of the OC Marketplace on the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Guess they won't be praying for no rain.


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Robert
Robert

In this day and age it'shard to believe that anyone thinks the universe and man was"created", science has proven everything in every religion a lye. Religionis the #1 cause of war, even the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had religioustones behind them, killing someone for believing in the 'wrong' god is OK, yourgod wants you to do that! I guess we should be lucky that on Xmas day the Popedoesn't cut the heart out of a living 10 year old girl so god brings the sunback! There is one simple question that proves the lies of religion, any andall religions; If god made mad who made god? If intelligent life cannot justhave happened, it had to be created, and if this creator things is even moreintelligent and powerful than man, there is no way this creator thing couldhave just happened, it must have been created to, and it had a creator, andit's creator had a creator ......

According to religion therecannot be just one god, there has to be an infinite string of gods all creatingthe next lower god. I guess mans nearest god like power is the computer!!!!!

 

bizzle
bizzle

anyone go?!??!  It was a nice night for a walk last night, hold hands and not believe in dog,..ooops, I mean god.

OCtotheHeart
OCtotheHeart

Jesus should meet them at the Marketplace..."eh...heard you were talking about Me! *jazz hands*!"

bizzle
bizzle

"Many of today's Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ Child was born." uuuummmmhhhh,....if your atheist,...."was" he born? **scratches head**

One-sided articles are fun for Scientologist, & Mormons too!!! :-D

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I hope Jesus flies down from heaven on his magic carpet and destroys them all!

Ilikehoney6
Ilikehoney6

yeah, and the big bang theory just explains it all....what a load of crock!  if you believe in the fairy tale of the big bang theory, then you should believe in unicorns.

The_Countess
The_Countess

not believing what he said, and not believing he existed are 2 different things.

it's likely there was a Jesus, and that he had a cult following, just like mohamed existed and had a cult following.

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