Atheist Billboard Launched Near Super Bowl Site: ‘A Hail Mary Only Works In Football’

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBS Seattle) — An atheist billboard erected near the site of the Super Bowl is looking to sack religion.

American Atheists launched a billboard Thursday in East Rutherford, N.J., near MetLife Stadium, It will run through Super Bowl Sunday.

“A ‘Hail Mary’ Only Works In Football. Enjoy The Game!” the billboard reads.

American Atheists President David Silverman said in a press release that “prayer is superstition.”

“It trivializes the dedication of the players and takes away from their achievements. A third of football fans pray in hopes of helping their team. These are adults we’re talking about—people with children, people with careers, people who vote,” Silverman said. “It’s 2014; it’s time to stop believing that prayer works. Give credit where credit is due and celebrate what this is really about—coming together to cheer on hard-working athletes doing what they do best.”

The digital billboard measures 14 feet by 48 feet and displays the organization’s design six times each hour through Super Bowl Sunday.

A recent study, though, by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that 50 percent of all fans believe in some type of supernatural force at play in sports, and 55 percent of football fans have either prayed to God to help their team or believe God plays a role in the outcome.

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who claims he was released by the team for supporting same-sex marriage, will be the keynote speaker at the American Atheists’ 40th National Convention in Salt Lake City over Easter weekend.

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