(Ohio, November 10, 2009) "Don’t Believe In God? You are not alone."
These words are part of prominent billboards in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. They have been placed by the Cincinnati Coalition of Reason, the Northeast Ohio Coalition of Reason and the Columbus Coalition of Reason–all with funding from the United Coalition of Reason. Each billboard’s message is superimposed over an image of blue sky and fluffy white clouds.
All of this is part of a coordinated statewide campaign, and each billboard signifies the launch of a local, multi-organizational coalition of nontheistic (atheist and agnostic) groups. The Ohio campaign as a whole is part of an even larger national effort with 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."
United CoR has launched ten campaigns previously this year. Each has involved a billboard or ads on public transit systems. 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 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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