Atheist billboards for non-believers hit Williamsburg

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The American Atheists, a national advocacy group for non-believers, is putting up a sign in the Jewish enclave of Williamsburg that claims god is a “myth.”

The sign, which will be in Hebrew and English will read, “You know it’s a myth…and you have a choice” alongside the Hebrew name for god. It will go up tomorrow near the Williamsburg Bridge.

American Atheists says on their website that the signs aren’t intended to offend, but are meant to advertise the group’s “Reason Rally” on Mar. 24 in Washington, D.C.

A similar billboard in Arabic will go up in Paterson, N.J.

“Insular communities like these are designed to squelch individualism and religious criticism, making the atheists in these communities feel particularly alone — they are not,” the group says on their website.

The groups bills the Reason Rally as the largest atheist gathering in world history. The event will feature prominent atheist thinkers, comedians, and free concerts by Tim Minchin and the band Bad Religion.

For more local news, follow Emily Anne Epstein on Twitter @EmilyAEpstein.



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