'God is' billboard replaces controversial Lincoln Tunnel atheist sign
December 23rd, 2010
06:15 PM ET

'God is' billboard replaces controversial Lincoln Tunnel atheist sign

An atheist billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel that declared Christmas a "myth" has been replaced by a pro-Christian billboard.

The old billboard, put up in late November by the American Atheists organization, said "You know it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason."

The sign stirred controversy among Christian organizations, prompting the Catholic League to erect its own pro-Christmas billboard on the New York side of the tunnel that read, "You Know It's Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus."

The new sign, which was posted by the Manhattan-based Times Square Church, reads "God is," and includes a word cloud of religious themes.

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  1. Tweathen@

    When there have been so many man made gods we no longer believe and find it ridiculous to believe, how can someone rationalize belief in the current god fad and a book that is 2000 years out of date?

    Apollo
    Bacchus
    Bellona
    Ceres
    Cupid
    Diana
    Faunus
    Flora
    Janus
    Juno
    Jupiter
    Lares
    Libintia
    Maia
    Mars
    Mercury
    Minerva
    Mithras
    Neptune
    Ops
    Pales
    Pluto
    Pomona
    Proserpine
    Saturn
    Venus
    Vertumnus
    Vesta
    Vulcan

    December 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      how could you miss my name? 🙂

      December 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mermc

      nice 🙂

      December 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sweet

    Read above scientists look for God in controlled setting. Read the New Testament. Jesus is the sign that was to be seen. It is an evil and adulterous generation that shall seek for signs and wonders. It is appointed for each and every one to hear the Gospel but in hearing does not mean that belief comes. It is a matter of Faith. If you do not beleive it is your choice. God does not want robots to serve him. He wants those that want to serve him. True he calls some who you would have never seen being a Christian in your mind. But that is all a part of it. Freedom, redemption, peace even in horrible times,love without bounds or conditions. And nobody is perfect but the Lord teacher all good things he you ask. Just ask.

    December 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      good for you. Then serve him/her and STFU!

      I've friends who believe in horoscopes but they have never forced down my throat with, "in horoscopes we trust" or "so help me horoscopes."

      See the difference, mental midget?

      December 24, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kathleen Frank

    Insensitivity to another's faith is a definite sign of social immaturity–the opposite of Atheism.

    Christians come together to eat, drink and spend money on this, the most wonderful of all hijacked pagan holidays.

    Don't mock them by putting signs up on the road that trip them up as they return from shopping for bargains in the malls of New Jersey. It will just lead to more obnoxious bill boards. ; )

    December 24, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lord Jesus

    The mind bending thing is; where did God come from? What was the very first moment of self awareness?
    Did god say to him/herself "wow, I exist! Now what shall I do?"
    For us it is easy. Our sense of first awareness is a memory.

    December 24, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. phoenix

    There is so much evil in the world that there has to be an opisette. This would be god. What a sad existence it would be otherwise.

    December 24, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Chip

      How very Zoroaster of you. The eternal battle between the light and the dark. However, as a believer of God wouldn't that make you a monotheist, in only one supreme being. So wouldn't God then have have to be both the Good and the Evil?

      December 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Avon Barksdale

    god is just SANTA CLAUS FOR GROWNUPS. I wish god was real but he/she/it isnt. I doubt god would sit and watch people suffer and die everyday. I wish I was wrong because HEAVEN would be great but sadly im right.

    December 24, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. ladylizin dc

    Peace, be still love and Mercy to all my beloved american people

    December 24, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jesus

    Does anybody have change for a 10?

    December 24, 2010 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. ladylizin dc

    In santa...move the ..n..and place it on the back of the last a what name did you come up with?

    December 24, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. God

    @ Jesus, I've got change for a 10! Also Jesus, I am not youre father. Sorry about the mixup dude. It's just, with midterms and my mom on my back ive just been really stressed out. You arent mad are u Jesus?

    December 24, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jesus

    Nah it's cool dude. Hey God, lets go hang out later tonight, get some drinks and pick up some chicks. Amy said she thinks youre kinda cute! DUDE u are so in there with this chick! U in or what?

    December 24, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. God

    HECK YEAH! Dude I hope I score tonight. It's been 6 months since the last time I got some. Anyway, i'll meet u @ The Cubby Bear later tonight.

    December 24, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. john sutton

    What does "beat off" mean?

    December 24, 2010 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    "In God we Trust" wasn't always printed on our money. After the great depression, people in general lost faith in government issued paper money. In order to con people into placing more faith in the almighty dollar, the government began stamping each bill with a snappy little catch phrase, "In God We Trust." That's all it took! Before long, preachers began telling folks that God wanted them to be rich, and they should give some of the money God gave them back to the church so the preacher and priest could afford their luxurious lifestyles. example: The Pope's bedroom slippers cost 5,000 dollars.

    December 24, 2010 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    @John Sutton...we derive the slang word "beat off" (masurbate) from a greek word that literally means 'self-abuse'. I hope that answers your ?.

    December 24, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
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