It seems there was a dust up Las Vegas and other cities over Christmas involving some billboards erected byan Atheist group. As a former Las Vegan (not to be confused with the plant eaters) I’m always on the alert for stories coming out of Sin City, since what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.
The group which calls themselves Freedom From Religion is responsible for putting up the billboards, which rang a lot of chimes that had nothing to do with the birth of Christ. The story is below, and if you want to click on the link you can watch the video. My comments are in red.
“Atheist Billboards Anger Las Vegas Christians
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Christians living in Las Vegas, Nev. want several atheist billboards taken down before Christmas.
For example, some of the messages on the signs include "Heathen's Greetings" and "Reason's Greetings."
A third billboard that read, "Yes Virginia, there is no God," was taken down after numerous complaints.
The man who paid for the signs says they were meant to make people question and not to offend.” Of course not
"There's an awful lot more signs that are religious intent than ours, and so to me, it's tit for tat," said Richard Hermsen.” Whose tit for whose tat? I thought you just said they were not meant to offend. Obviously you were offended by the Christian billboards, so were retaliating.
“But Christians are upset.” I only know about eight or ten Christians in Las Vegas, and I can understand how they feel. However, there are so many billboards in that city that are downright nauseating, these few could probably have blended into the bright lights and drive-by shootings.
"If I'd had a ladder I would have climbed up there and pulled it down myself," said Las Vegas resident Brenda Kempf. "I'm a Christian. I believe in God, and I didn't like it. I just didn't appreciate it." I’m glad she didn’t have a ladder. She would have gotten arrested and it would have turned into a big ugly mess, instead of just a pitiful attempt to annoy.
The item that really stands out like a huge carbuncle on the posterior of heathenism is the final sentence in the story. “They say it's just a coincidence that the signs were put up right before Christmas.” I suppose they’ll wait for Easter and say it’s a coincidence that their billboards say, “Who is risen” or “Hosanna in the Lowest.”
Hey, atheist groups, put up all the billboards you can afford. God is still in charge and Jesus is Lord. Hallelujah!