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You know that whole fake controversy going on in Santa Monica, California right now, where atheists won 18 of the 21 spots for “holiday” displays (a Jewish group got 1 and Christians got 2)? Remember how the atheists ended up only using 3 of their 18 spots and left the rest of them vacant?
Well, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) would like to borrow one of the atheists’ spots for one of their own campaigns:

Here’s the letter sent to Damon Vix, who spearheaded the atheists’ campaign:

December 23, 2011
Dear Mr. Vix,
As an atheist, a friend of the late Madeleine Murray O’Hare [
sic], and a former speaker at the American Atheists convention in Florida long ago, may I ask for your help? Would you be so kind as to allow PETA to use one of the vacant spaces you have so cleverly obtained in the Santa Monica “nativity lottery” so that we can set up our “Give Peas a Chance” billboard? As you well know, many bloody wars, from the Crusades to Bosnia and more, have been sparked by religious disputes. This billboard shows people of various ethnicities breaking bread and encourages peace on Earth regardless of whether one is of any religion or none. The billboard asks that everyone give a thought to the more than 1 million animals per hour who are mutilated on factory farms, transported in all weather conditions, and slaughtered in deeply frightening places simply to celebrate holidays or to satisfy a fleeting taste — and all because they are “different” from us in unimportant ways. We would be happy to support your efforts and to point out that the tenet “Blessed are the merciful” should surely mean showing mercy to all, not just to those you agree with or relate to. Adopting an all-inclusive consideration for others does not require that anyone believe in Jesus or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but simply in kindness, the greatest virtue of all.
Please let me know right away and we’ll be there. Thank you.
Yours truly,
Ingrid E. Newkirk

Note to Damon: Please don’t. Even as a vegetarian myself, PETA makes me cringe.
(via LAist)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.