Atheists place ‘Skip Church for Christmas’ billboards in bible belt

Atheist "SkipChurch for Christmas" billboard
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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:

“Dear Santa,

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.

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