A new billboard is causing a bit of a stir in New Jersey. The ad, which appears on a highway that leads to New York City’s Lincoln Tunnel, features a nativity scene stamped with an unexpected message: “You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason!” As the bottom of the billboard reveals, the space was rented by American Atheists. Today, the president of that organization, Dave Silverman, stopped by America Live to talk about religion, free speech, and the “war on Christmas” with Megyn Kelly.
Though Kelly greets Silverman by playfully saying, “Way to ruin Christmas, Dave,” their conversation is generally light on cutting comments. Silverman says the purpose of his billboard is “to make a point that Christmas doesn’t own the solstice,” as well as “to make atheists who are in the closet come out.” Kelly points out that many religious people have doubts, and asks Silverman why he’s trying to “pull [people] out of their faith if they’re wrestling with it.”
Silverman, though, responds by saying that he’s trying to urge closet atheists to come clean, rather than to force anyone to do anything. Kelly and Silverman then move on to a discussion of free speech—they conclude that American Atheists have a right to post their anti-Christmas billboard, just like Christians have a right to put up Santa decorations—and briefly touch on the “war on Christmas.”