The group “American Atheists” has launched a billboard campaign just in time for a Christmas with an extremely blunt message: Don’t go to church. No, literally, one says, “Make Christmas Great Again. Skip Church!”
The other billboard shows a text conversation between two friends, with one telling her friend that she’s not going to church because “I don’t believe that stuff anymore” and that her parents will “get over it.”
According to the group (who provided the artwork in the images), the campaign is rolling out a “nationwide” with the goal of show “religion has nothing to do with being a good person.”
Unsurprisingly, it’s already caused somewhat of a stir among some media outlets, which is probably the intention.
"Anti-Christian?" Nah. Anti-church, anti-being-forced-to-do-things-you-don't-believe, maybe. We're happy to discuss. https://t.co/9vYjDL8tha
By now, you’ve probably seen some of the controversy surrounding Buzzfeed and a recent article they published about the church attended by Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the series Fixer Upper.
The story, titled “Chip And Joanna Gaines’ Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage” has been updated several times since it was first released on Nov. 29, but says their church “takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.” The story poses the questions, “So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers?”
In a statement in response to the piece, HGTV said, “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows. HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”
In an interview with Todd Starnes, the church’s pastor, Jimmy Seibert, said, "We are not only not anti-gay, but we are pro-helping people in their journey to find out who God is and who He has made them to be.
Now, for the first time since the story was published, one of the stars of the series has spoken out. Though it’s unclear if they will “make a statement” about the story or their personal beliefs, he called on fans to show respect to the writers behind it:
Regardless of our decision to make a statement about all this craziness, or not, I ask that people please! respect @KateAurthur & @ginamei
Yesterday was a huge victory for protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that they will not grant Energy Transfer Partners permission to extend the project beneath the Missouri reservoir—which is on land on the Sioux Tribes Standing Rock reservation.
Hundreds of people have been camping out and standing against the construction of a pipeline, according to reports, because they think the whole project poses a major environmental threat to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its cultural sites. Many thought the announcement would prompt the protesters to pack up and head home, but this morning the people have made it clear that they aren’t going anywhere.
Many at the site have spent the morning celebrating and chanting "mni wichoni" which means "water is life" in Lakota Sioux. And though there is much to celebrate, protesters are continuing to stand their ground despite Monday's government deadline to leave. Mainly, protesters want to uphold the responsibility of exploring and ensuring alternate routes for pipeline construction. Discuss
The non-profit group Sandy Hook Promise—which was founded by family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting—has released a jarring new PSA about gun violence.
The ad, with its twist ending, encourages viewers to be on the look out for signs of a potential school shooter. In a statement, they explained, “Almost 4 years after the tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School, there continues to be no reduction in the number of gun violence acts committed each and every day.”
(Warning, at one point, the video shows someone making an offensive gesture.) Discuss