(Cincinnati, November 10, 2009) “Don’t Believe In God? You are not alone.”
These words are part of prominent billboard slated to appear today in downtown Cincinnati. The location is Reading Road at 12th Street, one block south of Liberty Street. Facing north, it will be seen by traffic heading south. It is being placed by Cin CoR, the Cincinnati Coalition of Reason, with funding from United CoR, the United Coalition of Reason. The billboard’s message is superimposed over an image of blue sky and fluffy white clouds.
A hi-res image of the billboard, free for media use, is available in the right sidebar.
This effort is part of a coordinated statewide campaign that includes similar billboards announced today in Columbus and Cleveland. Each billboard signifies the launch of a local, multi-organizational coalition of nontheistic groups. The coordinated campaign, which is part of an even larger national effort, has the stated aim of raising awareness about people who don’t believe in a god.
"The point of our national billboard campaign is to reach out to the millions of humanists, atheists and agnostics living in the United States," explained Fred Edwords, national director of the United Coalition of Reason. "Nontheists sometimes don’t realize there’s a community out there for them because they’re inundated with religious messages at every turn. So we hope this will serve as a beacon and let them know they aren’t alone."
But reaching out to nontheists isn’t the only goal of the campaign. "There is a lot of misinformation out there about us,” added John Welte, co-coordinator of Cin CoR. "Yet we humanists, agnostics and atheists are essentially like anyone else. We’re your friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members. All we seek is the opportunity to be as open about our values as others are."
United CoR has launched ten campaigns previously this year. Each has involved a billboard or public transit ads. They have appeared in places as far flung as New York, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Charleston, South Carolina; Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Morgantown, West Virginia; New Orleans, Louisiana, and Phoenix, Arizona.
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The Cincinnati Coalition of Reason ( www.CinCoR.org ) is a group of like-minded member organizations from the greater Cincinnati area that advocate science and reason as more reliable sources of knowledge than dogma and faith.
The United Coalition of Reason ( www.unitedcor.org ) exists to raise the visibility and sense of unity among local groups in the community of reason by providing funding and expertise to help them cooperate toward the goal of raising their public profiles.
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