Announcement appeared when famous ball drops on New Year’s Eve
“These new boards help us declare what we often say at AiG events, in articles, media interviews, and so on: Those who are proclaiming tolerance in our culture (i.e., typically liberals) are often some of the most intolerant of people. And their intolerance is usually directed at biblical Christianity.”
By: Drew Zahn (WND-Fatih)
When the famous ball dropped on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square, a message was there to remind “our intolerant liberal friends” about the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.
Answers in Genesis, the Christian ministry best known for operating the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, announced it is purchasing a recurring, 15-second spot on a video billboard at 46th and Broadway to publicly “thank God for freedom.”
“The :15 digital board will remind Americans of the religious freedoms they enjoy – whether they hold to the worldviews of Christianity, atheism, Judaism [or] other belief systems – and must be defended,” the ministry stated. “In addition, the Cross of Christ will be prominently displayed.”
The 15-second ad states, “To all our intolerant liberal friends: Thank God for freedom. Brought to you by AnswersInGenesis.org and the First Amendment.”
Watch the planned advertisement below:
Answers in Genesis, or AiG, explains the digital ad will air for seven minutes per hour each day, Dec. 30-Jan. 1, including during the final minutes of 2014. The ministry expected about three million impressions to be totaled at Times Square over the three days, with millions more potentially spotting the advertisement when the famous ball-drop ceremony is televised New Year’s Eve.
Stated Ken Ham, AiG president, “I am thrilled that the Cross of Christ will be seen in the most-watched place in the world on this day.”
AiG also plans additional showings of the video on Jan. 2 on a different digital board in Times Square and starting Jan. 5 on digital billboards in Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts.
“The latest billboard campaign by AiG is helping draw attention to religious liberties under assault in America,” the organization asserts. “The efforts by secularist groups to remove Crosses, Nativity scenes and Ten Commandments displays from public places –and attacks on AiG’s Ark Encounter project – are intensifying. The need for Christian groups and churches to preserve their First Amendment rights has never been greater.”
“The nation’s Founding Founders predicted that a future government would be tempted to infringe on religious liberties,” Ham stated. “That’s why their very first amendment was to establish a safeguard for religious expression, as they inserted the ‘free exercise clause’ for religion for the new nation. Sadly, that freedom is being chipped away today by atheists and other secularists.”
December Details: Panel above CNN Board in Times Square (Duffy Square area), near TKTS Broadway show ticket booth and next to big red staircase. Fifteen spots will air seven minutes per hour every day.
Impressions: Three million impressions in three days, plus an estimated additional one million pedestrians in the square and one billion watching around the world as the famous ball dropped on New Year’s Eve.
January-New York City (continued)
Timing: 1/2 – 1/25
Details: In Times Square above the Disney Store and one block down from the Good Morning America ABC TV studio. Fifteen-second spot will air seven minutes per hour every day.
Impressions: 10,000,000 estimated