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Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.

 
 
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Godless Billboard Now in Salt Lake City in Time for State Fair

“Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.”

These words appear on a promi­nent bill­board in Salt Lake City on the north side of Highway 201, a half mile west of Exit 11/Highway 172. Visible to west­bound traf­fic and on the right-hand side of the road, it faces east. It will remain up through the run of the Utah State Fair. The 14 by 48 foot bill­board fea­tures the words super­im­posed over an image of a blue sky and white clouds. It was placed by the Utah Coalition of Reason with $3,678.00 in fund­ing from the United Coalition of Reason.

This ad cam­paign also marks the pub­lic launch of the Utah Coalition of Reason, an alliance of a dozen non-theist groups across the state of Utah, with activ­i­ties rang­ing from sup­port to edu­ca­tion to activism. As part of its launch, dur­ing the run of the bill­board, the Coalition will have exhibit booths at both the Avenues and 9th and 9th Street fairs in Salt Lake City. The Avenues Street Fair will be held Saturday, September 10. The Coalition’s booth num­ber is GS E29 and will be found on 2nd Avenue, between E and I streets. The 9th and 9th Street Festival takes place the fol­low­ing Saturday, September 17, at 900 South and 900 East.

Moreover, the Salt Lake City bill­board is part of a larger effort. Since the spring of 2009 there have been sim­i­lar ad cam­paigns in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

“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.”

Reaching out to the like minded isn’t the only goal of the effort: “We hope peo­ple will dis­cover that we are a legit­i­mate part of the com­mu­nity,” said Elaine Ball, direc­tor of the Utah Coalition of Reason. “Folks like us live through­out Utah. We’re your fam­ily and friends, your neigh­bors and cowork­ers, and maybe even the per­son sit­ting next to you in church.”

“Being vis­i­ble is impor­tant to us,” Edwords con­cluded, “because athe­ists and agnos­tics in our soci­ety often don’t know many peo­ple of like mind. Furthermore, if tra­di­tion­ally reli­gious peo­ple can be open about their views, why shouldn’t we be open about ours?”

[August 23, 2011]

 
VANDALISM
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Atheists of Utah
A UCoR member posted this to their group. I'm sad (and shocked! Shocked I tells ya!) to report that Utah Christians aren't as kind and loving as the zombie they worship. Someone has vandalized the UCoR sign.
 
 

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