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Outcry causes atheist-funded billboards to come down

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Christians making violent threats? Naaaaaaaaaah. Im sure Adams was more worried but damn, way to cave!

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American Atheists and Adams Outdoor Advertising are removing two Charlotte billboards slamming Christianity and Mormonism after the national atheists’ group said it received an outpouring of public anger and threats.

The billboards, targeting the faiths of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, went up about two weeks ago on Wilkinson Boulevard and the Brookshire Freeway. They were supposed to be present for the duration of the national conventions, though there were billboards in Charlotte, but not in Tampa.

Amanda Knief, the managing director of American Atheists, said a report from Fox News about the billboards this Wednesday incited a national outpouring of “vitriol, threats and hate speech against our staff, volunteers and Adams Outdoor Advertising.”

Knief said if Adams had not been involved, American Atheists would have kept the billboards in place.

“It was a mutual decision between us and Adams Advertising for the safety and interests of both organizations that the billboards come down,” Knief said.

Knief declined to say the extent or severity of the threats the atheist organization, based in Cranford, N.J., received, but said the Cranford police department had been contacted because of them.

The general manager of Adams Outdoor Advertising’s Charlotte branch, Kevin Madrzykowski, did not immediately return phone calls Friday.

But the company’s website issued a statement saying the company “stands behind our position that the ability to express one’s opinion is a right and a privilege of our democratic society. However, due to the public response to the messaging, the American Atheists have agreed to remove the advertising copy in question in Charlotte.”

Knief declined to say if Adams asked the atheist group to remove them as a result of threats.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/08/24/3476126/outcry-causes-atheist-funded-billboards.html#storylink=cpy

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That truly is lame. There was probably chicfila grease stains on the threat letters

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now now fellas. lets get the facts before we start stereotyping. it's better that way. :)

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Who would be offended by calling Jesus "your useless savior"?

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What did it say exactly?

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What did it say exactly?

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Right or wrong, it's more than a little ironic that a billboard touting reason contains no reasoning.

This is why no matter how much I've been tempted to join atheism, I'm just not enough of a dick. My application would be denied upon receipt.

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So magic underpants are reasonable?

Christians going Jihad on opposing viewpoints is not an unusual thing. I mean placing an x on employees and their family members of an abortion clinic when they meet untimley deaths(murdered) is really reasonable responses to deal with differing viewpoints of pro-life.

Atheistism as another religion is wrong as well...just treat people with respect and try not to bomb them when you disagree.

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So magic underpants are reasonable?

No, but for people claiming to be the voice of reason, you'd think the good people of atheist.org might do a little better than shock jocking. They're supposed to have the logical high ground here.

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Well its a bilboard ...supposed to get attention. Toasty J is an added bonus..

I guess yelling youll burn in hell is not being a dick.

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Logic? No such thing.

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Well its a bilboard ...supposed to get attention. Toasty J is an added bonus..

I guess yelling youll burn in hell is not being a dick.

There are dicks in churches, but being a dick isn't a requirement to get into church.

Subsets. Logic. Rectangles aren't square, but squares are rectangles.

You seem to be getting defensive, there's no reason to be.

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