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An atheist billboard on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel that declared Christmas a "myth" has been replaced by a pro-Christian billboard.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

    @s/n truth...turn to the book of Luke ch. 3 pls. There you will find a list of every single one of Jesus' ancestors, his entire family line, from Joseph to Adam. This list covers roughly 4,000 years. If people were being brought back to life after death before Jesus, surely at least a few of these men, Jesus' ancestors, would be mentioned. Your claim that Jesus wasn't the first person to be resurrected does not hold water with me for this very reason.

    December 24, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Many of you are claiming Jesus isn't real. The idea that Jesus was invented, or made-up by a few men long ago is kinda ignorant, as I will explain. Let me start out by quoting a famous historian, Will Durant. "That a few simple men should in one generation have invented so powerful and appealing a personality, so lofty an ethic and so inspiring a vision of human brotherhood, would be a miracle far more incredible than any recorded in the Gospels."

    December 24, 2010 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Kubs

      Phil, you're not educated as you pretend to be. You're ignorant. The character of Christ in the bible and his teaching are not new. They have been around for thousands of years in differing forms. The Gospels made up certain acts of Jesus in order to "fulfill" OT prophecies of the coming Messiah. There may have been a religious Jewish preacher named Jesus that they used to build the Christ character on but it is not proof that the Jesus of the Bible existed.

      And to all you angry Christians out there: Relax. Just because not everyone shares your child indoctrinated delusions of a magical father-like being and a wishful-thinking afterlife, doesn't mean that you have to get your panties in a bunch. And no, Christianity doesn't own morality, hope, love, community, etc. Let's let go of this notion of God and give reason a chance.

      December 24, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Chip

      That's the problem, the only record of Jesus can be found in the Gospels. If so many witnessed Jesus and his miracles other Historians of that period in history should have recorded his deeds. Sadly, there are none. Then to top it off the Gospels were not written until many decades after his alleged existence by persons who were not eye witnesses.

      December 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    "The name (Christian) is derived from Christ, whom the procurator Pontius Pilate had executed in the reign of Tiberius(Cesar)."–Cornelius Tacitus, first century Roman historian.

    December 24, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    "(Mark is) the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ." –Flavius Josephus, first century Jewish historian, writings concerning a man called Mark.

    December 24, 2010 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kubush

      Some of Josephus' accounts have been proven to be fraudulent. Regardless, having someone mention Christians and who they follow, does not hold much sway in terms of the divinity of Jesus or his historical presents.

      And those other quotes...well, they're just irrelevant.

      December 24, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    "Jesus Christ has influenced and commanded His subjects without his visible bodily presence"–Napoleon Bonaparte

    December 24, 2010 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kubush

    To all you angry Christians out there: Relax. Just because not everyone shares your child indoctrinated delusions of a magical father-like being and a wishful-thinking afterlife, doesn't mean that you have to get your panties in a bunch. And no, Christianity doesn't own morality, hope, love, community, etc. Let us let go of this notion of God and give reason a chance.

    Happy Winter Solstice!

    December 24, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Think about it. Even our calendars are based on the fact that Jesus was a real person. "Dates before that year(the year Jesus was thought to be born) are listed as B.C., or before Christ. Dates after that year are listed as A.D., or anno Domini(in the year of our Lord)."–The World Book Encyclopedia

    December 24, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    "These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponenets of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds at the end of the 18th, during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries."–The New Encyclopedia Britannica

    December 24, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    "I love Christ, yet I despise Christians because they do not live as Christ lived." –Mohandas Ghandi

    December 24, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Good AM: Merry Christmas Phil, banasy, and everyone, Awwwh, Gandi. A wonder man, a wonderful Hindu. A true hero up there with JFK, Abraham Lincoln, and our GW Washington. Interesting quote Phil.

    December 24, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    I am so happy that atheists have the right to use billboards to state our point of view. In many countries this would not be possible, but thankfully the fathers of our nation opted to not use the government to promote the agenda of any church. Religious folk also have the right to advertise, and I have no problem with this sign going up after the atheism promotion. What amuses me is how up in arms the religious become when an atheist group wishes to represent their opinion. Christians in the USA are quite obviously the majority, but seem to feel threatened when a small percentage of the population disagrees with them. Don't be so offended that we don't believe in your christian god. We don't, as Ricky Gervais said in the WSJ this week, believe in the other 2869 beings considered to be dieties by other religions as well. As the jokes goes, we're all atheists...we just believe in one less god than you. Enjoy the season, hug your family and friends, and be good for goodness sake.

    December 24, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Truth

    Unconditional Love....With Conditions.

    December 24, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. FSM

    Merry Festivus!

    December 24, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    Thank's Cesar. Did you read my post answering the question you posed yesterday? (about ghosts)

    December 24, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    @Michael...well said. We should be thankful we live where both sides of any issue may be voiced publicly withour fear of reprisal from the government. (gee, i wonder if private manning or julian assange share this thought with ea. other) NOW if we could just get these religions to stop promoting the government's agenda, whatever government is in control. When said government requires troops, the preachers place whatever flag happens to be flying at the time in their church and preach our youngsters onto the battlefield to die for God and Country, as if the two were the same! And to top it off, they promise everlasting life in heaven if said church recruited soldier dies on the battlefield. The end result has been demonstrated throughout history: members of the same religion slaughtering each other in the name of God. Religious leaders have no business sticking their noses in governmental affairs. Nor should they bend for the current administrations policies, only to bend-over for the next.

    December 24, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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