(Houston, December 9, 2009) "Don’t Believe In God? You are not alone."
These words are part of prominent billboard slated to go up in Houston today. It will be located west of I-45 on Farm-to-Market Rd. 1960 near Ella Blvd. and will be viewable by westbound traffic. Sponsored by the Houston Freethought Alliance with funding from the United Coalition of Reason, the billboard’s message is superimposed over an image of blue sky and puffy white clouds.
For a hi-res image of the billboard, free for media use, go to www.HoustonFreethoughtAlliance.org .
This effort is part of a coordinated nationwide campaign that has been going on since March. This month it includes billboards in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Baltimore, Maryland. Each billboard is sponsored by a local, multi-organizational coalition of nontheistic (atheist and agnostic) groups.
"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. "Our message is also to let people know that we are part of the larger community," added Noelle George, coordinator of the Houston Freethought Alliance. "We’re your friends, neighbors, coworkers and family members. We’re just like you except that we don’t believe in a supreme being. Now we’d like the same opportunity as everyone else to be open about our views."
The United Coalition of Reason has launched a dozen advertising campaigns previously this year. Each involved billboards or public transit ads. They appeared in Boston, Massachusetts; Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Illinois, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Morgantown, West Virginia; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; and Portland, Oregon.
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The Houston Freethought Alliance is a group of like-minded member organizations from throughout the Houston area that advance the idea that science and reason lead to more reliable knowledge than dogma and faith.
The United Coalition of Reason ( 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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