Okay, so the overwhelming majority of New testament scholars agree that the story of the Nativity of Jesus is a religious work of fiction. December 25th was celebrated long before the advent of Christianity as the day of the Winter Solstice, and was very much a pagan holiday until it was co-opted by the Church several centuries later. The pagan origins of the December 25th holiday are well known even among Christians, with some denominations even going as far as rejecting it wholesale specifically because of this.

So what’s new?

Well, an organisation called American Atheists has put up a huge billboard (pictured below) that features a nice warm and fuzzy message, based on what most of us already know about Christmas, for people in the New Jersey area.

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Perfectly appropriate for this holiday season, wouldn’t you say?

Celebrate Reason.