In Omaha, Nebraska, the Coalition of Reason placed an atheist billboard on one side of a major street. The billboard will stay up on that of side for two weeks and then it will go up on the other side for two more weeks. (News video on site)
All the billboard says is “Don’t believe in God? Join the club” and believers do not like it.
Emlyn Forsuh said, “I was raised to believe in god and now someone says they don't believe in god so I don't like it.”
William Newman, a member of the Omaha’s chapter of the Coalition of Reason (CoR), said, “We put it up as a beacon to let them know that they're not alone. The billboard is designed so it's not degenerating anyone's religion. We're not coming out and telling people that there is no God and we're not trying to convert anyone to Atheism.”
According to Newman, there are about 500 members in the Omaha’s chapter of Coalition of Reason and believes that since Christians put up billboard, atheists should be able to do similarly.
“Traditionally religious people are free to express their views openly so we ought to do the same,” Newman stated.
The sign is only there to tell those who left the church and those who do not believe that they are not alone.
While many people Action 3 News spoke with are for free speech, they are against the billboard’s message.
Meghan Hart is one of them. "Everyone own what ever they want to do I guess but it's just going to stir up emotion," she said.
Fox 42 stated that the billboard is getting many people thinking in the very religious community.
Deacon Timothy McNeil stated that the sign is offensive to believers.
Fox News stated that CoR placed the sign in one of Omaha’s busiest sections with thousands heading southbound seeing it every day.
However, one person did say, spreading beliefs, where one has their views and others have theirs is what makes this country wonderful and that is why we live in America, where we can all have different views.