(Tulsa, December 7, 2009) “Are you good without God? Millions are.”
These words are slated to appear today on a prominent Tulsa billboard, located on I -44 West at Elwood. It will be visible to westbound traffic and is sponsored by Tulsa CoR, the Tulsa Coalition of Reason, which launches today.
Consisting of nontheistic (humanist, atheist and agnostic) groups in the greater Tulsa area, Tulsa CoR seeks to raise public awareness that people can be good without believing in a god. Funding has been provided by United CoR, the United Coalition of Reason. The billboard’s message is superimposed over an image of blue sky and fluffy white clouds.
For a hi-res image of the billboards, free for media use, go to www.TulsaCoR.org .
This effort is part of a nationwide campaign that has been going on since March. In December it includes billboards in Houston, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland. Each billboard is sponsored by a local, multi-organizational coalition of nontheistic 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. “People often think you can’t be moral if you don’t believe in a supreme being,” added Bill Dusenberry, coordinator of Tulsa CoR. “The truth is, we organized secularists are involved in moral issues and social activism more than most people. Now it’s time that information got out.”
The campaign is coordinated with the release of a new book: “Good without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe,” authored by Greg Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University. It is published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. Epstein will be in town to speak this coming Thursday and Friday at the following locations:
December 10, 7:00 to 9:00 PM: “How to Be Good without a God”
All Souls Unitarian Church
2952 South Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74114
The event is cosponsored by Tulsa CoR, the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, and All Souls Adult Religious Education.
December 11, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM:
Greg Epstein will answer questions and sign his book atnBarnes & Noble Bookstore
8620 E. 71st
Tulsa, OK 74133
These events are free and open to the public.
The United Coalition of Reason 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 Tulsa Coalition of Reason ( www.TulsaCoR.org ) is a collection of local organizations working together to increase public awareness of nontheistic groups throughout the greater Tulsa area.
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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For more information contact:
Greg M. Epstein
Ben Bruton (publicist)