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(Photo: ad in Times Square by the Creationist group Answers in Genesis. The 'digital spectacular' ad runs about 15 seconds and is meant to engage atheists and secularists who may happen to see it.

Atheists React to Christian Message; Claim ‘There’s No God’ in Times Square Ad

A digital billboard that features a Christian ad telling atheists, “Thank God you’re wrong,” in New York’s Times Square is now being used by a secular group to spread the message, “OMG, there is no god!” alongside the face of former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Julia Sweeney.

The billboard has been placed by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation at the intersection of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue.

The atheist ad was unveiled Friday, four days after an evangelical group, Answers in Genesis, used the same spot to run a 15-second video with the message, “To all of our atheist friends: Thank God you’re wrong.”

“A fifth of the U.S. population identifies as nonbelievers,” FFRF co-founder Annie Laurie Gaylor says in a statement. “We don’t thank a nonexistent god, we put faith in each other and human ingenuity. We believe in deeds, not creeds. We believe the only afterlife that ought to concern us is leaving our descendants a secure and pleasant future.”

Sweeney, whose picture has been used in the billboard along with the atheist message, left the “Saturday Night Live” show in 1994, and began writing and appearing in autobiographical solo shows. One of the shows, “God Said Ha!” was about her battle with cervical cancer and her brother’s death from blood cancer. Another show, “Letting Go of God” talks about how she became a nonbeliever though she was raised a Catholic. She also appears on National Public Radio’s news quiz, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

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  • aceituna

    “The fool has said in his heart there is no god. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works.” Psalm 14:1 I would not like to be in their shoes come judgment day.

  • Bulldog74

    “”We don’t thank a nonexistent god, we put faith in each other and human ingenuity.”
    Yeah, ’cause it worked out so well for the Soviet Union

  • smogdew

    Hmmm – putting their faith in Obama has some groups running around the US killing & terrorizing their fellow citizens.
    Doesn’t work, Gaylor – methinks I’ll stick with God.

    FFR, ACLU, agnostics and atheists are really freaky……

  • Ray_Downen

    That our universe exists proves there is a God, wiser and greater than anything that He created. And how marvelous is the created universe with us in it!

    • keyboardshark

      Exactly right, Ray. There is no naturalistic explanation for the existence of the universe that does not violate known Laws of science, so it must have had a supernatural origin.