Two atheist groups now believe they made a mistake with a controversial billboard attacking the Bible.
The Pennsylvania sign, which was first vandalized and then taken down, bore a verse from Colossians 3:22: “Slaves, obey your masters.”
While intended as a message against Keystone State legislators who designated 2012 as the “Year of the Bible,” many felt the sign — which also featured a shackled black man — were racist.
The billboard, created and financed by the American Atheists and the Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, went up on Tuesday.
The vandals attacked the sign a day later, and it was gone from an intersection in Harrisburg, Pa., about 24 hours after first appearing.
“I want to say that I’m truly sorry that many people have misunderstood this billboard,” said Pennsylvania Nonbelievers president Brian Fields.
“It was never our intention to use “race” as our message itself,” he said in a statement on their web site. “The point of our billboard was the bible is NOT holy or moral as promoted by the PA House of Representatives in the “Year of the Bible.”
State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland was among the critics who felt the billboard was racist and took the Bible out of context.
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