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Atheist Billboards Part of National Effort

9/17/10

“Don’t believe in God? Join the club.”

These words are part of a prominent billboard now up in Oklahoma City on I-44, just in time for the State Fair. This billboard also marks the public launch of Oklahoma City Coalition of Reason (CoR), a coalition made up of four atheistic groups near Norman and Oklahoma City. Already this year there have been similar billboards and bus ads in more than 10 major cities, including Austin, Detroit, Louisville, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Tampa, Tucson, Sacramento and Seattle. Last year there were CoR-sponsored billboard, bus, and subway ads in 20 cities, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Tulsa, Phoenix, and San Diego. According to the CoR’s national director, the campaign is designed to “reach out to the millions of atheists, agnostics, skeptics and humanists living in the United States…Nonreligious people sometimes don’t realize there’s a community for them because they’re flooded with religious messages at every turn. So we hope this will serve as a beacon and let them know they aren’t alone.”

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