HARRISBURG, Pa. — A billboard in Harrisburg, Pa., that protests legislation designating 2012 as the "Year of the Bible" in Pennsylvania is being criticized by a legislator who calls it racist.

State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland objected to the image of a shackled black slave above a Bible verse that says, "Slaves, obey your masters."

Kirkland, who supported the House resolution, says the billboard takes the Bible out of context and depicts racism and hatred.

The billboard a few blocks from the state Capitol is co-sponsored by a group called American Atheists.

The organization's Pennsylvania director says it wants lawmakers to repeal the resolution celebrating a book he calls "barbaric."