Sunday, March 04, 2012

Atheists placing Hebrew billboard near hasidic enclave 

An atheist organization says it will unveil a Hebrew-language billboard calling God a “myth” near a Brooklyn hasidic enclave.

The group American Atheists says it will unveil a billboard Monday in hasidic-dominated South Williamsburg. The billboard writes out the name of God in Hebrew, and then features in English and Hebrew translation the phrase “You know it’s a myth… and you have a choice.”

The group is unveiling a similar billboard in Arabic in heavily Muslim Paterson, N.J.

“If there are atheists in those communities, we are reaching out to them,” Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, told CNN last week. “We are letting them know that we see them, we acknowledge them and they don't have to live that way if they don’t want to.”

Silverman said the billboards will be up for a month and will cost his group less than $15,000.

“People are going to be upset,” he said. “That is not our concern.”

CNN noted that the use of the name of God in Hebrew, which Jews traditionally avoid writing out except in sacred texts, may be considered particularly offensive by area Jews.


The billboard is ridiculous- its just shows how far people are willing to go to bash others (and I'm not saying we are so innocent either)


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