Just as midtown Manhattan comes alive with Christmas cheer, festive window displays and Salvation Army bell ringers trying to channel holiday generosity to the needy, an atheist group has a message for the masses teeming into Times Square: Jesus is a myth.
With a picture of Santa Claus above another image of Jesus Christ, the sign, sponsored by New Jersey-based American Atheists, urges passersby to "Keep the Merry!" and "Dump the Myth!"
Attacks on Christianity from the group have become routine, and in the bustling heart of America's busiest city, most folks don't even waste a shrug on the sign. But some took notice, and did not approve.
"It's a damn shame. It's an insult," said Anthony White, 41, a of Jersey City, N.J. said. "Why did they have to put that up?"
David Silverman, president of American Atheists, had an answer, though not one likely to please the faithful.
"Most Christians are really atheists who feel trapped in their family's religion," Silverman told FoxNews.com. "They need not be Christian to enjoy the holiday season."
Silverman said a private donor paid more than $25,000 to have the billboard posted above a nightclub in the crossroads of the world for one month, ending Jan. 10, 2013.
"We chose Times Square because it is a place where people go to shop and be festive, which has nothing to do with religion," Silverman said.
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