I almost wish Tim Tebow was in the Super Bowl this year!

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“During the Super Bowl, people of all religions and atheists come together as a community. Like many in New Jersey, we at American Atheists are excited to be part of this event and with this billboard share our voice.”

American Atheists Launch Anti-Prayer Super Bowl Ad, via Huffington Post.

Controversy surrounding Super Bowl ads is nothing new. From the scandalous, to the silly, to the provocative, ads during footballs biggest night bombard viewers, some of whom might actually be fairly invested in what’s happening on the field…Invested enough to pray, even.

This year a new brand of advertising makes its way to Metlife Stadium, and it’s encouraging sports fans to do anything but pray for the teams they love.

“Prayer is superstition, plain and simple,” said David Silverman, President of American Atheists, which has launched an anti-prayer billboard directly across from the Super Bowl stadium.

It’s 2014; it’s time to stop believing that prayer works,” Silverman said in an American Atheists press release. “Give credit where credit is due and celebrate what this is really about—coming together to cheer on hard-working athletes doing what they do best.”

With the message, “A ‘Hail Mary’ only works in football,” the billboard mocks the common Christian prayer used to ask for the Virgin Mary’s intercession. Some may find the billboard to be offensive and even proselytizing, and, well, they’d be right. (The billboard also promotes the group’s upcoming national convention in Salt Lake City.)

But the American Atheists aren’t the first ones to use the Super Bowl to promote an ideology. Last year’s Super Bowl featured a commercial sponsored by the Church of Scientology, and the year before that a pro-Bible ad that was originally rejected by Fox Sports aired unexpectedly*** in Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama. Both commercials contained promotional messages for the religions they supported.

The American Atheists billboard might strike some as unique in this category, though, because it uses mockery rather than inspiration to promote its message. But Managing Director Amanda Knief characterizes it differently:

“During the Super Bowl, people of all religions and atheists come together as a community. Like many in New Jersey, we at American Atheists are excited to be part of this event and with this billboard share our voice.”

“aired unexpectedly***”, via ChristianPost.com, is a smug report on the stealth-like showing of a xian ad that had been refused by Fox Sports!

Yet, it did air, anyway. Did anyone hear Fox Sports howling for someone’s head? It is too much to hope for for ChristianPost.com to report the full story about how that subversive act was accomplished. I guess not; too many xians believe that they are allowed to say and do whatever they want, even if it is a lie or even if it is an illegal act.

And, NO, I don’t really want Tebow playing in the Super Bowl. Ever. He’s already a walking billboard for jeebus. In fact, he’s a better billboard than he is a professional football player!

And that’s all he’ll ever be.

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3 Responses to I almost wish Tim Tebow was in the Super Bowl this year!

  1. JTD says:

    Well, I live in NJ and I don’t see any frigging Atheists anywhere unless I look in the mirror…

  2. ChuckA says:

    Off topic; but somewhat(?) Tangential to the upcoming “Super Bowl Gridiron War” shtick…
    From the Science Channel:

    “Intelligent (& oh-so typically sadomasochistic) Design”, huh? My…how nice!
    Or…perhaps…
    Some ‘random’ evolutionary planetary gifts from (Bug-eyed) ever-so-nasty “Ancient Aliens”?
    JUST KIDDING! :shock:

    Actually, aware of that info, I won’t feel so bad next time I swat an occasional totally surprised kitchen cockroach; like…
    I’ll be mercifully freeing it from an even worse fate…?
    Call me “ChuckAvorkian”? ;)

  3. naomi45 says:

    Well, ChuckAvorkian, Dr. Kavorkian was assisting suicide. Was your “pest” depressed or suffering from acute pain? If not, you are just the Lord High Executioner. Also, the Accuser, Judge and Jury.

    Mighty powers, Killer!

    I’m phobic. I kill for self-preservation and to avoid PTSD. I plead StandMyGround-SelfDefense.

    But I’m not all bad. I like snakes, lizards, toads and frogs. But not earthworms, leeches, slugs or snails…

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