Atheist billboards in Charlotte causing controversy

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billboards attacking Christianity and Mormonism put up Monday in Charlotte are already gaining controversy.

WSOC reported that the group American Atheists put both billboards up in areas populated with heavy traffic. The one mocking Christianity is along Wilkinson Boulevard, while the Mormonism billboard is on The Brookshire.

The billboard attacking Christianity calls God “sadistic” and “useless,” says there are “30,000+ versions of the ‘Truth’” and claims the religion promotes hate by calling it love. The billboard attacking Mormonism calls God a “space alien.”

“We’re using our First Amendment rights to ridicule the silliness of religion,” said American Atheist president David Silverman. “If they see this as an attack that’s fine, what we’re doing here is raising the awareness of the silly parts of these religions. So that people can ask themselves ‘do we want this type of person in the White House?’”

Charlotte resident Timothy Doe said he the billboards are a black eye on the city.

“That’s backwards, because if it was just about politics then he wouldn’t have put that up, then let the issues be heard. Put up something about health care or something,” said Doe.

American Atheists paid $15,000 for both. The billboards will stay up for a month, through the Democratic National Convention.

Read more: WSOC.