October 5, 2007

First Nontheistic Billboard

In April of 2006, I was complaining about the volume of religious billboards I had observed during a road trip. I then started wondering what would happen if freethought organizations began getting into the billboard act. It looks like we'll find out. The Freedom From Religion Foundation just unveiled a secular billboard in Wisconsin.

From the press release:
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, is unveiling what is believed to be one of the first nontheistic billboards erected in Madison, Wis.

"We are launching a campaign to place freethought billboards up around the country, wherever an irreverent billboard is needed--which is practically everywhere!" says Annie Laurie Gaylor, Foundation spokeswoman.

"We don't go to Mass, but we can go to the masses," adds Dan Barker, Foundation co-president. "We think it is time for the rest of us to use the mass media to counter the ubiquity of religious messages on roadsides everywhere!"
Bravo! Yes, I realize that many Americans will not know what "dogma" means, but plans are underway for adding an "imagine no religion" message. This is an impressive effort and one which I hope to see spread to every state.

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