Friday, March 04, 2011

"You Don't Need God," Indiana Told

New billboards go up in Indianapolis next week, telling drivers they don't need God. The signs target every side of the city as part of a nationwide campaign about living without religion.

-- From "Atheist ad campaign hits Indianapolis" by The Associated Press 3/4/11

A secular humanist group, the Center for Inquiry, has bought space on four billboards targeting the Interstate 465 loop around Indianapolis. The Amherst, N.Y.-based group said it selected Indianapolis for its location in the nation's heartland. A similar ad campaign already has begun in Washington, D.C., and one is set for Houston, the largest city in the Bible Belt.

One of the messages reads: "You don't need God -- to hope, to care, to love, to live."

"With this campaign, we are aiming to dispel some myths about the nonreligious," Ronald Lindsay, the center's president, said in a statement. "One common myth is that the nonreligious lead empty, meaningless, selfish, self-centered lives. This is not only false, it's ridiculous. Unfortunately, all too many people accept this myth because that's what they hear about nonbelievers."

The Center for Inquiry says it wants to reach out to the non-religious in a positive way.

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From "New billboards: 'You Don't Need God'" by Jennie Runevitch, WTHR TV-13 Eyewitness News (Indianapolis) 3/2/11

Members of New Harmony General Baptist Church admit the group has a right to speak out, but they say the message is wrong.

"I don't believe that message. If I believed that message, I wouldn't be sitting in church right now," said church member Courine Lyles.

"I think it's a crying shame for the religious world. Our nation's supposed to be founded under God and you got people trying to take it away," added member Mark Graves. "Christ is being pushed in the back door."

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