"Make Christmas Great Again": Atheist group puts up anti-religion billboard

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (WVLT) -- The Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers paid for a new billboard that reads, "Make Christmas Great Again ...Skip Church!"

It's been up since December 19, along Highway 6 & 50 near Rimrock Avenue, and the group says they did it because they feel that atheists are a minority in Mesa County, and think the focus of the holiday season should be on respect for everyone.

Members of the Western Colorado Atheists and Free Thinkers say they put up this billboard because they think the focus of Christmas time should be on kindness, respect, and ethical treatment of others, instead of what they call religious backgrounds and practices.

The group also says they feel secular people face discrimination, and say organized religions like Catholicism and the Jehovah's Witnesses are ridden with sexual abuse and corruption.

"Christmas time, the focus should not be on organized religion, because organized religion has proven problematic lately. We'd rather the focus be on humanity, ethics, and respect for others," said Board Member of Western Colorado Atheists and Free Thinkers, Anne Landman.

"They have a right to their free speech, but it would seem they could do that without being deliberately provocative," said Fruita resident Robert Burkholder.

The billboard won't be up for very long, but will stay up through Christmas Day.

Anne Landaman was also part of a separate group that put up an anti-GOP billboard back in July, and then moved it off of Broadway in August.