Atheist Billboard Placed at Super Bowl Site: Right or Wrong?

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The American Atheists have taken some attention away from the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos and even the Puppy Bowl X roster this week.

The organization launched a billboard near Metlife Stadium in New Jersey yesterday, one that mocks the idea of prayer in sports by featuring a priest in eye black and the tagline:

A ‘Hail Mary’ only works in football. Enjoy the game!

Atheists Billboard

“Prayer is superstition, plain and simple,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “It trivializes the dedication of the players and takes away from their achievements."

He cites some statistics and added:

"A third of football fans pray in hopes of helping their team. These are adults we’re talking about - people with children, people with careers, people who vote."

"It’s 2014; it’s time to stop believing that prayer works."

"Give credit where credit is due and celebrate what this is really about: coming together to cheer on hard-working athletes doing what they do best.”

The billboard asks people to visit its National Convention website and learn about a gathering that will feature keynote speaker Chris Kluwe, a former NFL punter and noted LGBT activist.

What do you think of this billboard?

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Do i think praying for a football win, winning the lottery, or a brand new car is right or correct....no. Plain and simple no i don't think praying for a football win is going to do anything. But, to say that studies show praying is not real...how the hell do you study prayer and please tell me who funded that? In my life i have experienced things and prayed for things that shouldn't have happened but did. I love my God and i will believe in him until i die. If i die and there is nothing then at least im at peace. You all talk about pretty much having a bone to pick with Christians, but a real Christian doesn't judge. I am here saying, i don't judge those of other religions or lack of. You believe what you want but keep me out of it. While this world we would like to think everything is equal, it isn't, the majority rules in a way. The majority vote, the majority race, religion, ect. There are more who believe in a God than those who don't so of course you will hear the outcry more on this than if it was a Bible verse or something. i say lets leave rather alone and live out own lives and stop worrying about what everybody else is or isn't doing.

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@ victoria

Well let me answer some of those questions for you. Studies actually do show that prayer does not work. The people who performed and funded those studies were Christians trying to prove that prayer did work. That's fine that you believe in your God. Personally, I don't mind that at all. What does bother me is that you condemn for fellow Christians for merely doing what your Bible says to do. Atheists normally don't want to pick fights with the people, but the actual dogma. If you choose not to partake in the discussion, then that's completely fine. Just know that atheists aren't trying to personally pick fights with you. There are some jerks out there though. We are only trying to further new ideas and defend ourselves from those people who you condemn as "not real Christians". I hope that helps a little bit.

David kirk

As true as it is, it doesn't buy us atheists any support or understanding by attacking peoples' belief systems, no matter how irrational (dang, did it myself there ...) If you want to convince/enroll people in an idea, it won'thappen when you back them into a corner so they're forcd to defend themselves.

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Why doesn't everyone take this energy that they use to tear down each others belief systems and actually do something with it like feed the hungry, donate your time to a needy child, or volunteer in a soup kitchen. Then maybe you'll be to busy to tear each other down. Being an "christian" or an "atheist" doesn't excuse blindness or cruelness.

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I think it's funny that Christians will pray to God for their team to win and when he doesn't grant that prayer they say, "Oh, it was God's will for the other team to win." REALLY? If (and ONLY if) God does exist, he's too busy killing innocent children, sending droughts, floods, ice storms and shooters for the sins of America (gays and abortions) to give a Him Damn about sporting events!

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btw...Its more ignorant and bold of a person to claim that there is absolutely NO possibility a higher being created our incredibly well organized world (look around you) than someone who claims there is. The possibility of there being a higher being has never been fully disproven and that is a fact.

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@ Truth

And who, exactly, is claiming "there is absolutely NO possibility a higher being"? Can you provide a source? Just one? I can list countless self-identified atheists who specifically say they lack a belief in a god but would be convinced if there was credible evidence for one--Richard Dawkins, Peter Boghossian, Austin Cline, and Matt Dillahunty--just to name a few off the top of my head. In fact, Russell Blackford devoted an entire chapter to the myth that "atheists are certain there is no God" (chapter 4) of his most recent book, 50 Great Myths About Atheism.

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@ Truth

First of all, atheists do not absolutely state that there are no gods, just that there is no proof to support belief in any gods, including whichever you believe in. Secondly, you don't "disprove" anything. The fact the universe and life exists is no more proof of it being created by your god than by the Flying Spaghetti Monster ( May you be touched by his noodly appendage).

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@ Truth

That is a matter of opinion. "That which can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence". Unicorns have technically never been disproved either.

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So, what, religious institutions can place billboards wherever they want, some of them saying non-believers will go to hell... but atheists can't put up a funny billboard about "Hail Mary"s? Get over yourselves.

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@ Richard Brum

Well said. Double standards for the religious.
And when they cry about 'persecution', it's not so much 'persecution' but the loss of a privileged status that Christians have held and enjoyed for way too long. No one set of beliefs should be granted a privileged status in a modern, secular, equal society

Patricia jones

Go! Hawks! (y)

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Its stupid and pointless...."a third of people pray for their team to do good...." that sounds like something he pulled out of his ass...and if you don't believe in God whatever but don't mock it thats just rude....and for the record praying the Hail Mary does work.

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@ fjjjggvb

I think you mock the very idea of your god by considering the thought that he/she/it actually gives a damn about who wins a football game.

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@ MikeUK

I was saying that the Hail Mary prayer works in real life and not just in football...so I'm not mocking anything

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@ fjjjggvb

That's kinda the point they are making. Both sides are praying for victory. You can't both win...

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@ fjjjggvb

Religious people mock non-believers ALL the time... saying we're going to hell, judging us, complaining about us doing the SAME things that you do... and you have the nerve to imply that we should stay silent? For the record, prayer does not work. At least no more than random chance does. Show me one instance where prayer had a direct effect on anything, and where it couldn't have been anything BUT prayer that made it work. Study after study has shown that prayer is useless and only comfort the person doing the praying. That's it. You can say we're rude, or whatever... but we deal in facts. Sometimes they're inconvenient. I don't apologize for that at all.

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@ Richard Brum

Ive never seen a billboard that says non believers go to hell....and don't say the same things you do....you don't know me so you don't know what I do...and like I said you don't believe in God fine whatever but don't think your better cus you don't believe in God and I do....the billboard is dumb cus it could have expressed its beliefs in a way that wasnt mocking another way of life....mockery and judgement is ugly wheater you believe in God or not...and obviously you wouldnt know if prayer works or not cus you don't believe in the power it has so your not the right person to say that prayer doesnt work

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@ fjjjggvb

Have you ever been south of the Mason-Dixon line?

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@ Richard Brum

"For the record, prayer does not work?" You have a right to believe what you want. However, I know several people, including myself, who were in very difficult situations with the odds stacked heavily against us and we would completely disagree with you. You can have your "facts," and we will stick with what we know to be true. I just dont understand people who insult our beliefs knowing that our faith gives us a tremendous amount of hope and joy. Who would wish anything different on someone?

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@ fjjjggvb

I think it's a great way to fight christian priviledge. And for the record please prove your positive statement, until then wishful thinking

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