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NEW YORK (PIX11) — An atheist billboard in Times Square is telling New Yorkers to take the Christ out of Christmas.

The digital billboard from American Atheists, an atheism-advocacy group, is now running in Times Square asking onlookers “Who needs Christ during Christmas?”

The 15 second billboard electronic-display loop contends the real center of the holiday season isn’t religion, but things like gifts, the Rockettes, and Chinese food.

The president of the group, David Silverman, explains in a statement:  “This season is a great time of year for a hundred reasons—none of them having to do with religion … Don’t go to church.”

The American Atheists have a history of stirring controversy around the U.S. — previous billboards have proclaimed Mormonism is centered around “big money and big bigotry” and Christianity “promotes hate.”

Religious groups have not been sitting quietly,  retaliating with their own billboards proclaiming “To all our atheist friends — Thank God you’re wrong.” and “You Know It’s Real. This Season Celebrate Jesus.”