Share U.S. Religion American Atheists Christmas A group of atheists is challenging the nation's most powerful figures: President Donald Trump and God. The American Atheist's annual Christmas-themed billboard went up on December 1 with a nudge at the president in Washington and the Lord above: "Just skip church it's all fake news!" The group says it's not trying to offend with its billboards in Texas and New Mexico—and members say they're a little confused why people keep threatening them with hell and eternal damnation—because the goal is just to start a conversation about the nexus of religion and politics in American life. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now "We want people to think about what they mean when they say 'fake news,'" the group's National Program Director for American Atheists Nick Fish told Newsweek. "Does that include talking snakes and virgin births? We want to spark that conversation and get people thinking. Think about what they're being told and seeing in the media. Think about what they hear from politicians — and don't stop doing that for an hour or two on Sundays." Fish added that he hopes the billboards will encourage people to think about their values during the Christmas season and evaluate whether their subscribed religious stances truly align with that. The billboards are designed to spark conversation during the travel-filled season in Texas, which favored Trump by 9 percent, and New Mexico, which selected Hillary Clinton by 8 points. The 2017 holiday billboard for the American Atheists will be posted through December in Texas and New Mexico. Courtesy of American Atheists Every year, the organization braces for the rush of holiday hate mail that inevitably follows the billboard posts. In 2015, it championed a "Make Christmas Great Again" slogan while pushing people to skip church. Another more blatant advertisement simply read: "Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody." Yet another display positioned Santa next to Jesus and said, "Keep the merry! Dump the myth!" The goal is to create a culture of acceptance for people who genuinely do not identify themselves with religion. The posts are designed to be