Atheist Billboards in Idaho Calling for 'Coming Out,' Revealing Religious Rigour of Atheists?
By Ruth Miyake - Crossmap On July 5, 2012
Atheist Billboard in Idaho
Is the atheist movement looking more like one of those religious fanatics now?
An atheist group is stirring controversy in Idaho for putting up billboards that urges atheists to "come out of the closet" about their non-belief.
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The Treasure Valley Coalition of Reason in Idaho does not miss any chance in urging atheists to come out through calling onto them through the billboards.
Two newly put up billboards read, "Don't Believe in God? Join the club" and "Are you good without God? Millions are."
The cost of $5,300 was paid by the United Coalition of Reason.
The billboards will be up there calling onto atheists until July 29th.
"Well, it's just to let people know, especially the closet atheists, that you are not alone," Art Rigsby, a local atheist, told KBO12-TV.
"There are millions of people who do not believe in God."
"The point of our ongoing nationwide awareness campaign is to reach out to the millions of atheists and agnostics living in the United States," Fred Edwords, national director of the United Coalition of Reason, was quoted by The Christian Post for saying.
"Such non-theists sometimes don't realize there's a community for them because they're inundated with religious messages at every turn. We hope our effort will serve as a beacon and let them know they aren't alone."
"Being visible is important to us, because, in our society, atheists and agnostics often don't know many people like themselves. Moreover, if traditionally religious people can be open about their views, why can't we be open about ours?" Edwords questioned.
The Treasure Valley Coalition of Reason is an alliance of six atheists, freethought, humanist and skeptic organizations in the greater Boise area.
"Our twin goals are to foster a sense of community among the like minded and raise public awareness that people who don't believe in a god or gods can be decent citizens who contribute to the larger society," states its website.
With the past year's increasing popularity for atheistic billboards, we may want to give them a capital "A" for their devout belief in the non-existence of God?