December 2011 Billboards – ‘Tripoli’ and ‘Solstice’

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Two new billboards are up in Costa Mesa CA.  Our ‘Treaty of Tripoli’ billboard is up at 1526 Newport Blvd and our ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Reason – Happy winter Solstice Non-Believers” is up on Newport freeway and Fairview.

Read the Examiner Treaty of Tripoli (ToT)  article HERE

The American Atheist ToT article HERE

The Christian Post ToT article HERE

OC Weekly’s article ToT HERE

Our “Tis the Season to Celebrate Reason – Happy Winter Solstice Non-Believers”  billboard is in the parking lot of the OC Fairgrounds off Fair and the Newport Freeway.

We wanted to place a optimistic sign to let other agnostics, atheists and skeptics know that there is a place in this bastion of conservatism where one can gather and meet others who know they can be good without god.   Backyard Skeptics is having an open pot-luck party on Friday, December 23rd in Villa Park to celebrate the pagan traditions of having the sun returning.  We’ll talk about how all of the “Christmas” traditions had nothing to do with Christ and everything to do with pagan beliefs.

There’s sort of a duel happening from another Christian billboard just nort of Dyer off the 55.  

This billboard is hanging on a truck on the property of O’Neil Storage.  I talked with the owner, Dan O’Neil, and he said he always puts up this billboard every Xmas.  He says he doesn’t know of the older Pagan traditions which Christians have stolen, and doesn’t know of our billboard just 2 miles down the freeway.

Read the Register Solstice billboard article HERE, and letters to the Register HERE

See the Christian’s Post’s Solstice article HERE


.More about the Treaty of Tripoli, 1976

After the snafu from our Jefferson billboard last month, we had to place a treaty that not only Jefferson, but ALL of our founding fathers unanimously agreed upon, and that is that our country is a secular, constitutional one, not one built on religion.

The Treaty of Tripoli (Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary) was the first treaty concluded between the United States of America and Tripolitania, signed at Tripoli on November 4, 1796 and at Algiers (for a third-party witness) on January 3, 1797. It was submitted to the Senate by President John Adams, receiving ratification unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797 and signed by Adams, taking effect as the law of the land on June 10, 1797.

The treaty was a routine diplomatic agreement but has attracted later attention because the English version included a clause about religion in America.

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

The treaty is cited as historical evidence in the modern day controversy over whether there was religious intent by the founders of the United States government. Article 11 of the treaty has been interpreted as an official denial of aChristian basis for the U.S. government.