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Atheist Quotes: Out of the Closet

 
 
 
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Triangle Freethought Society Launches New Billboard Campaign

The Triangle Freethought Society (TFS) will unveil 12 billboards with person-centered quotes from local non-religious folks on a regional scale including Durham, Pittsboro, Raleigh and Smithfield from March 28, when the first of the billboards will go up, until the end of April.

The campaign, modeled on a nationwide campaign conducted by TFS’ parent organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), aims to show people that the non-religious are neighbors who are friendly, moral and family-oriented. National billboards displayed in Madison, Wisconsin include community members from Madison as well as Saturday Night Live alum and prominent atheist, Julia Sweeney. Per Mark Zumbach, president of the Triangle Freethought Society, “We are very excited about this billboard campaign. This is the first campaign of its kind, in terms of number of locations and geographic diversity. We are not scary people in faraway places…we are your friends and neighbors.”

The local campaign, underwritten by FFRF, centers on families and individuals who want the Triangle to know that they live happy and productive lives without religion. Each billboard contains a quote from the individual(s) pictured.

Eric Thomas, a community member who is pictured on one of five billboards in Raleigh, states that he wanted to be part of the campaign because, “By putting a human face on atheism, I hope to contribute to reversing the demonization of atheism that occurs so often…I want non-theists’ concerns to be adequately represented in society.”

Collette Winkler, one of two teenage sisters who will be pictured on a billboard in Durham, states that when she was in elementary school, a boy harassed her because her mother talked about evolution to her college students. Collette says that he wore religious t-shirts that said things like “Got Jesus?” to school, and “this was okay, but teaching evolution was not.” The quote Collette and her sister chose to put on their billboard is, “We put all our faith in science.”

Ultimately, Zumbach wants people to know that non-religious people are here in the Triangle area. He states, “Our target audience is made up of freethinkers in the Triangle, and to let them know they are not alone. In addition to Raleigh and Durham, we wanted to reach into some smaller surrounding communities, because we often hear from freethinkers in these smaller towns that they feel particularly isolated.”

[March 28, 2011]

 Pittsboro, NC 

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