Reno Coalition of Reason launches atheist billboard campaign
By Dakota O'Leary
On October 26, 2011 At 12:34 pm
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"Are you good without God?" the billboard asks. "Millions are." This is the message of the Reno Coalition of Reason, which is an "alliance of five non-theistic groups in the Reno, Lake Tahoe and Carson City areas, with activities ranging from support to education to activism." In a recent press release, the Reno COR indicates that this is part of a nationwide effort:
The Reno campaign is the latest of a nationwide effort. Since the spring of 2009 there have been similar billboards, as well as bus ad campaigns, in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The states are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. Reno's billboards are the first of this type in Nevada.
"The point of our ongoing nationwide awareness campaign is to reach out to the millions of atheists and agnostics living in the United States," explained Fred Edwords, national director of the United Coalition of Reason. "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."
The billboards also are intended to let people know that atheists are part of the community. "We're your friends and your family, coworkers and neighbors. We might even be someone sitting in the pew with you at church," says Edwin Lyngar, coordinator of the Reno COR.
Dakota O'Leary is a freethinker, and often sassy, scholar of theology and literature. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest. She is a contributing writer focusing on eschatology, biblical prophecy, and general religious news. Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, offering insight to the news stories of the week. We like to call her "our in-house Biblical prophecy expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion.
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