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Brooklyn, NY - Despite Community Efforts Atheist Billboard Rises In Greenpoint

Published on: March 9, 2012 10:29 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - A Atheist billboard went up in Greenpoint on Wednesday, after a Williamsburg landlord thwarted attempts to install the ad near the neighborhood’s Hasidic community.

The advertising company Clear Channel and the national non-believing group American Atheists picked a new spot for the billboard facing Brooklyn-bound drivers crossing the Kosciuszko Bridge at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Thomas Street — about two miles north of the S. Fifth Street roof where building owner Kenny Stier prevented them from installing the bilingual sign on Tuesday morning.

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The new location wasn’t the one that American Atheists director David Silverman really wanted, but he described the new location as “great.”

“I still feel bad because of the Jews,” said Silverman, who wanted the billboard near Williamsburg’s Orthodox quarter in hopes of reaching atheists “trapped” within the strict religious community.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 10:39 AM yankle Says:

I don't know why anyone would care if the atheists want to waste their money.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 10:49 AM MAYERFREUND Says:

He writes "“I still feel bad because of the Jews,” said Silverman, who wanted the billboard near Williamsburg’s Orthodox quarter"

All Atheist are a bunch of fakers! why do they pick a religious community and not a non religious communities where they have a better chance to find the people that are interested in them?

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 11:18 AM kingizzy Says:

What a poor lost soul!! I hope he finds his way back soon.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 11:24 AM mom Says:

Can someone please explain to me how this is legal? If they'd be targeting religion in general I can understand. I saw it last night, they put the Shem in huge lettering. It's horrible! How would that work if it was lehavdil allah or j there???

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 11:46 AM The Professor Says:

As Shakespeare once wrote: "Much ado about nothing..."
Notwithstanding the First Amendment right for anyone to say what they want, no matter how wrong we may believe them to be, the sign is in Hebrew and English. Were it to have been in Yiddish, we might have been more concerned. However, as many of the residents of Williamsburg are as fluent in reading and writing modern Hebrew (an invention of the Ziyoinim) as they are in English, there is little need to worry...

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 11:50 AM Glassman Says:

Silverman sounds like he's nuts!!

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 11:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Whoever tears down this billboard will have a very big mitzva special on Shushan Purim

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 11:55 AM Mikey Says:

Reply to #4  
mom Says:

Can someone please explain to me how this is legal? If they'd be targeting religion in general I can understand. I saw it last night, they put the Shem in huge lettering. It's horrible! How would that work if it was lehavdil allah or j there???

Building would burn, the bridge would be destroyed, and people would die...
That is why they don't target the Muslims.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 12:05 PM mom Says:

#7-Please... Such an act can do waaay more damage than the actual sign!

Please be careful, my fellow jews.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 12:20 PM post4 Says:

I think a huge protest in front of the advertising company (or somewhere) is needed.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #6  
Glassman Says:

Silverman sounds like he's nuts!!

No, not nuts, he is evil.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM Mordechai_Ben_Yaakov Says:

From the full article:
"A Clear Channel spokesman said the client is happy and the billboard has been inspected for safety in the wake of a freak, act of god accident that toppled another sign in January on the Brooklyn–Queens expressway at Meeker Avenue."

Haha! I think the apostate might take offense to that choice of words. May another act of G-d destroy this sign and it's message.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 01:05 PM Anonymous Says:

What goes up must come down.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 01:09 PM ShaloiOsaniGay Says:

He picked the right parsha about the Golden Eagle. (Aigel)

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM Shomo Says:

Do nothing and certainly no vandalism.
His posturing won't change my emunah. If anyone is motivated by his sign to go "OTD," then I doubt the sign is the real problem.
He's looking to goad people: don't give him what he wants.
He's looking for publicity: don't give him what he wants.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM jmstnv Says:

.When atheists were created they were created without brains. That is why they are atheists

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 02:25 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #8  
Mikey Says:

Building would burn, the bridge would be destroyed, and people would die...
That is why they don't target the Muslims.

They are targeting muslims in Jersey City. The best thing to do is ignor these people.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM shredready Says:

Reply to #8  
Mikey Says:

Building would burn, the bridge would be destroyed, and people would die...
That is why they don't target the Muslims.

they did in Patterson NJ

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 04:06 PM WE are not doing OUR job and that's why the Rats run wild Says:

If we, in the frum community, had utilized every single ad space for the purpose of promoting Tznius and other Mitzvos and even for promoting Sheva Mitzvos Bney Noach for the Goyim, there would be no advertising space left for these idiots.

At the very least, we can give them "a taste of their own medicine" by posting huge billboard in their own turf, to make fun of them and to show them how hypocritical they are and that in truth they DO believe and are only "in denial", so as to gave themselves an excuse to satisfy their Yetzer Hara.

Nothing in this word "stands still"

Either we influence them, or if "we sleep" the 'rats' will infest our living space in an attempt to try and influence us, only because we are sleeping and not doing our job to OHR LAGOYIM.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 04:23 PM bahby Says:

Reply to #11  
ShmuelG Says:

No, not nuts, he is evil.

No he's not evil. He is a lost, misguided soul who is looking desperately for someone to confront him and set him right. He is confused and wants answers, so he is deliberately provoking a response. This is fertile kiruv ground and an opportunity not to be wasted.

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 Mar 10, 2012 at 07:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
bahby Says:

No he's not evil. He is a lost, misguided soul who is looking desperately for someone to confront him and set him right. He is confused and wants answers, so he is deliberately provoking a response. This is fertile kiruv ground and an opportunity not to be wasted.

with a plethora of different name-spellings, the same garbage is endlessly regurgitated. Why do BTs always have to think only about increasing their numbers. This creep silverman is a meysis, and how he should be treated is clearly stated in the Torah. Forget about those smiling turn-the-other-cheek sermons you grew up on and get real.

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 Mar 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
MAYERFREUND Says:

He writes "“I still feel bad because of the Jews,” said Silverman, who wanted the billboard near Williamsburg’s Orthodox quarter"

All Atheist are a bunch of fakers! why do they pick a religious community and not a non religious communities where they have a better chance to find the people that are interested in them?

An Atheist will pick places were religious people live, to spread there point of view of religion in period, not only against any particular religion.

Are you suggesting they should put up their sign where they live? What point will that bring?

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 Mar 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM Avreich1 Says:

Reply to #19  
WE are not doing OUR job and that's why the Rats run wild Says:

If we, in the frum community, had utilized every single ad space for the purpose of promoting Tznius and other Mitzvos and even for promoting Sheva Mitzvos Bney Noach for the Goyim, there would be no advertising space left for these idiots.

At the very least, we can give them "a taste of their own medicine" by posting huge billboard in their own turf, to make fun of them and to show them how hypocritical they are and that in truth they DO believe and are only "in denial", so as to gave themselves an excuse to satisfy their Yetzer Hara.

Nothing in this word "stands still"

Either we influence them, or if "we sleep" the 'rats' will infest our living space in an attempt to try and influence us, only because we are sleeping and not doing our job to OHR LAGOYIM.

And who, pray, is going to fund this grandiose "taste of their own medicine"?

Will YOU, #19, (I cannot be bothered to type out that ridiculously long name you have awarded yourself) set an example by donating the first $100,000 to get the campaign going?

Hmm, I thought not.

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