In case you are not aware of this story, a billboard was recently erected by the American Atheists at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City. The billboard can be seen bellow:
As one might expect, the billboard has been very controversial, leading to a second billboard to be put up on the other side of the tunnel by the Catholic League. Some have complained that the billboard attempts to kill the spirit of Christmas or see it as insulting or offensive. The response billboard, which has a similar imagery but says “You know it’s true” has drawn less criticism.
Advent has just started, but the war over Christmas is already underway, and for the most part, it appears that Christmas is winning.
In New York, it’s a battle of billboards; in Philadelphia, it’s battle over a word. Retailers, meanwhile are increasingly embracing Christmas in their advertising and promotions.
In New York, the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has sponsored a Christmas billboard outside the Lincoln Tunnel in response to a Christmas-debunking billboard sponsored by American Atheists.
The battling billboards are posted on opposite sides of the Lincoln Tunnel. The Catholic League’s billboard is on the New York side. The American Atheists billboard is on the New Jersey side.
The Catholic League-sponsored billboard features a nativity scene and the words: You Know It’s Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus. The American Atheists-sponsored billboard reads: You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason!