The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., has placed 50 anti-religious billboard messages in the Atlanta area in an effort to raise consciousness about non-belief and the separation of church and state in the Bible belt.
The billboard campaign, the organization’s largest in any state thus far, includes such messages as “Imagine No Religion,” “Sleep in on Sundays” and “In Reason We Trust.”
“Atheism and agnosticism should be as American as peach cobbler” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, the organization’s co-president.
A report tonight by an Atlanta-based news outfit brought the signs to light, interviewing one atheist member of the organization and two believers, one a preacher and one a normal church member. Glad that reporting was fair and balanced!
The billboards are being displayed in and around the Fulton County area. The map to the right pinpoints the 50 locations, as does the link from the FFRF.
I have previously seen pictures of billboards from the FFRF displayed in Wisconsin and elsewhere, but the current campaign is quite a bold move in this, the southeast’s largest city. Through the record of American history, we find that it is the South that is the final clearing house of racist and often subversive thought. In short, it is the final holdout with regard to certain ideologies that have, historically, smashed individuality and crushed free thought. It is a somewhat surprising venture by the organization and one that will likely raise the ire of believers and more than a few eyebrows.
It’s time, in my opinion, that unbelief begins to take hold in these parts of the country (like it has in the Northeast and Southwest and Northwest), for it’s only in the Southeast that belief is the most entrenched. The sooner unbelief takes holds in this part of the country, the better.
[Map from the Freedom From Religion Foundation]