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!
“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?