- The Washington Times - Monday, December 5, 2016

A national atheist group has parodied President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign slogan to encourage people not to attend church over Christmas.

American Atheists has unveiled billboards that will have local commuters and holiday travelers in Louisiana, Colorado and Georgia doing double-takes.

“Make Christmas Great Again. Skip church!” one of the organization’s new ads says in giant letters against an orange backdrop.

A local CBS affiliate in Louisiana talked to both motorists and American Atheists on Dec. 2 about the ad campaign.

“Part of stirring the pot is getting that conversation going,” said Nick Fish, American Atheists’ national program director. “You don’t have to be religious, you don’t have to believe in God to be a good person. And we want to use humor, we want to use a little bit of people driving by these billboards and say, ‘Wait, what did that just say?’ “

Mr. Fish added that Christians “do not have a monopoly on having a great meal and spending time” with loved ones over the holidays.

Local motorists told the station that American Atheists has a right to say what it wants about religion, but they also have a right to disagree.

“I wouldn’t tell anyone that you have to go to church to celebrate Christmas,” one motorist said. “But you should have a desire in your heart to know who you’re serving. And we just have to pray for those who have that belief that there is no God.”

The atheist billboards will be on display throughout December.

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