In the beginning of one of my favorite Christmas movies, Elf, the main character played by Will Ferrell travels to New York City by walking through the Lincoln Tunnel. If he were to travel through that tunnel today, he’d be greeted with two very different messages for the holiday season.
A billboard at the New Jersey entrance sponsored by American Atheists has the following message: “You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason.” Those words are etched over a popular Christmas image of the three wise men traveling to the manger where Jesus was born. It’s a blatant attack against the Christmas message. The Catholic League, in an effort to counter the attack, set up a billboard that says: “You know it’s real. This season, celebrate Jesus.”
As a Catholic, the atheist billboard is of course upsetting. In my opinion, the use of the religious imagery that is so close to the hearts of Christians is just offensive. This season, I plan on celebrating Christmas – and may just avoid the Lincoln Tunnel in my travels altogether.
What do you think of the billboard battle? Please share your thoughts.