SAN DIEGO — An atheist group is placing billboards in several bible belt cities that show a little girl writing Santa that all she wants for Christmas is to “skip church.”
The billboards are being placed in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Fort Smith, Ark. by American Atheists, according to the group’s website. A fifth bilboard, co-sponsored by the Southeast Wisconsin Freethinkers, is going up in Milwaukee.
The billboards show a little girl wearing a Santa hat holding a pencil. Next to the girl is a letter that reads:
All I want for Christmas is to skip Church! I’m too old for fairy tales.”
The billboard is part of the group’s “firebrand-style” campaign aimed at atheists who are “pressured to observe religious traditions during the holidays,” the group said on its website. They will display from Dec. 1 to Dec. 24.
The group said it tried to put up a billboard in Jackson, Miss., but it was unable to find anyone in the area willing to rent it advertising space.