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Atheist advertisement planned for Super Bowl ruffles some feathers

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 30th, 2014
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Atheism and atheists have begun to make themselves more visible in mainstream American life. Billboards, bumper stickers and occasional radio and TV ads exhorting others to cast off religious beliefs have become more common in the current landscape. Atheistic belief will now be visible at that most American of all institutions, the Super Bowl. A billboard nearby the stadium will read, "A 'Hail Mary' only works in football." The billboard mocks the common Christian prayer used to ask for the Virgin Mary's intercession.   

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - David Silverman, President of American Atheists, is adamant. "Prayer is superstition, plain and simple," he says. The anti-prayer billboard will be seen directly across from the Super Bowl stadium.

"It's 2014; it's time to stop believing that prayer works," Silverman declares. In an American Atheists press release, Silverman continues "Give credit where credit is due and celebrate what this is really about-coming together to cheer on hard-working athletes doing what they do best."

Let them know where you stand at the next sporting event --

Previous Super Bowl ads in the best have often been described as scandalous, silly and provocative.

Some may find the billboard to be offensive -- and even proselytizing for a non-belief. The billboard also promotes the group's upcoming national convention in Salt Lake City.

Not surprisingly, American Atheists aren't the first ones to use the Super Bowl to promote an ideology. Last year's Super Bowl featured a commercial sponsored by the Church of Scientology. The year previously, a pro-Bible ad that was originally rejected by Fox Sports aired unexpectedly in Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama. Both commercials contained promotional messages for the religions they supported.

Managing Director Amanda Knief characterizes it differently: "During the Super Bowl, people of all religions and atheists come together as a community. Like many in New Jersey, we at American Atheists are excited to be part of this event and with this billboard share our voice."

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