Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Billboards by RON PLACONE

In New Jersey the American Atheists posted a billboard in regards to the holidays that had the words "You KNOW it's a myth" with a nativity scene underneath. David Silverman, president of the group has received some coverage on the issue and I wanted to find the most entertaining interview of them all so I looked no further than Faux News.  See said interview here:


Puppet-talker Megyn Kelly wanted to know why the billboard had to be so confrontational, which she exemplified by beginning her interview with, "way to ruin Christmas, Dave."  Passive.
Honestly, I think the billboard is a bit on the obnoxious side, you know what else I found obnoxious?  The hotel desk clerk in West Virginia last year that when I wished her Happy Holidays glared back at me and threateningly wished me a "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"  Same with the Catholic League that put up an opposing billboard and then insisted on wishing David Silverman a Merry Christmas. 
Now, I find myself in a nice position here as I have friends and family that range from Priests to devout Atheists and everything in between.  I don't think any more or less of any of them because of their beliefs one way or another because I know their character and that's what matters to me.  That being said I get to play spectator and enjoy Church-members getting upset about something they shouldn't give a shit about, and an Atheist organization that should probably find a better way to spend their budget.  Although, I guess they can't take the money with 'em.  And I really enjoy some of the Christians that refer to evolution as a "fairy tale."  I want something credible, give me a talking snake damn it!
Lastly, let's not make this about the children, shall we?  "I don't want my children seeing this sign calling it a myth, blah, blah, blah," kids see billboards for booze and strip-clubs and casinos all the time, it's life.  Seeing a billboard from someone with an opposing view-point shouldn't be feared, hell, it should be embraced.  Learning that not everybody is like you is a valuable lesson to learn, or parents, spin it to your advantage.  David Silverman is really Santa's elf and he's testing all the boys and girls who don't believe in Jesus.  If you close your eyes and say "I do believe" every time you pass that billboard you're going to get that over-priced crappy toy you won't give two shits about next year.  You're welcome Christian parents. 
Morons have all kinds of different religious beliefs, even non-existent ones.  There's morons on the left, morons on the right, and plenty o' morons in the center.  This moron would like to wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season.

Ron is a comedian and writer that has returned to Pittsburgh after blowing-up comedy in Seattle, WA.


1 comment:

And that's the world... According to Trish said...

morons to the left, morons to the right.... stuck in the middle..... : ) nice job with this.