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ATHEIST BILLBOARDS PROMISE CONTROVERSY, PROMOTE APRIL NATIONAL CONVENTION IN DES MOINES, IOWA

If you drive through Des Moines, Iowa, you’re likely to encounter something more controversial than just who to vote for in the Iowa caucuses, or news about the upcoming “Pastors’ Policy Briefing” bringing together right-wing religious leaders and wanna’ be presidential hopefuls.

Five big, yellow billboards declaring: “You Know There Is No God — We Know You’re Right!” are being erected in key locations here to promote the April 21-24, 2011 National Convention of American Atheists.

A similar billboard at the entrance to New York’s iconic Lincoln Tunnel last December caused a national uproar with its depiction of the Christian nativity scene and the words: “You KNOW it’s a Myth!”

American Atheists President Dave Silverman is enthusiastic about the new Des Moines billboard campaign.

“The purpose is to advertise our upcoming national convention in Des Moines to those who know god is imaginary,” said Silverman. “Whether they are already active atheists or sitting in church pews, atheists are everywhere in Des Moines.  We challenge the ‘church-pew atheists’ to stop living a lie for the sake of tradition, come out of the religion closet and live as out and proud atheists.”

Silverman, added: “We are also sending a message to the theists in Des Moines: Atheists are a permanent and prominent fixture in America, even in the Bible Belt.  We are the third-largest segment of Iowa’s population, and we ask nothing more than equality achieved through the absolute separation of church and state.”

Blair Scott, Communications Director for American Atheists, said that the upcoming Convention will take place at the Embassy Suites on the River Hotel, 101 E. Locust St, and promises an impressive line-up of speakers and events.

“We’re bringing some of the world’s leading atheists and secularists to Des Moines for this convention,”  said Scott. He added that this weekend’s religious-political meeting in Des Moines is particularly
significant.

“One of our speakers, Jeff Sharlet, wrote ‘The Family,’ a powerful book warning Americans about religious zealots inside the political system,” Scott said.  “This weekend we can see that right here in Des Moines as pastors gather to tell their puppet politicians how
to vote.”

Among the speakers scheduled for the atheist event: famed writer Christopher Hitchens, author of numerous books including “God Is Not Great,” and “Hitch-22″ ; physicist Laurence Krauss, who wrote “The Physics of Star Trek”and other works; comedian Paul Provenza; biologist P.Z. Myers; and blogger-commentator Greta Christina.

[March 23, 2011]

 Des Moines, IA 

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