10/17/11 I have an apology to make to the secular community. Although I placed the “Jefferson” billboard believing that this quote was made by Jefferson, I have now learned that it was not. It was started in 1906 by an unknown author. Although the quote was not known to be of Jefferson, he had plenty to say about religion and Christianity:
“Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law.” Letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814, responding to the claim that Chritianity was part of the Common Law of England
The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man. –– In a letter to Jeremiah Moor, 1800
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.– In a letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823
“To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart. At what age of the Christian church this heresy of immaterialism, this masked atheism, crept in, I do not know. But heresy it certainly is.
There has much press over this snafu:
Huffington Post, OC Register, Secular News Daily, American Humanist Association press release, Christian Post , Youtube, LA Examiner and over 300 other website and blogs. The email sent to us was 90% negative compared to 90% positive from the other billboard campaigns we have sponsored. also see our ‘Comments’ section for more discussion on this billboard.
The second billboard, placed at the same time as the ‘Jefferson’ billboard, is directly across the street but facing south instead of north. It was up for three weeks ending Nov 3, 2011. This billboard, labeled ‘Reject’ might make one think that their superstitions, when placed next to other superstitions, might not be true.