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New 'Godless' Billboards Cause Stir in Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Florida- September 4, 2012

Those who believe in a Godless world, have put up what they call "Godless billboards."

The billboards now sit in a few locations in Tallahassee. The "Godless Billboards" are a part of a nationwide campaign to reach out to the millions of atheists living in the United States.

A coalition of atheist, freethought, humanist and skeptic groups are working together to reach out to people in our area.
They've posted what they're calling "Godless Billboards" in Tallahassee.

A 2010 Gallop poll says about three to five percent of Americans are atheists - meaning they don't believe in God. A coalition of atheist and skeptic groups want them to know they are not alone, and they're reaching out to them through billboards like the one n U.S. 27.

"People who don't believe in God, I feel sorry for them" says Tallahassee resident Sheryl Alfs.

People who don't believe in God may find comfort in this billboard...
It reads, "Don't Believe in God? You are not alone."

The Tallahassee Coalition of Reason--an alliance of five atheist, freethought, humanist and skeptic groups--posted the message.
Dorothy Hyde says she didn't even notice it sitting high on North Monroe Street just north of McKee Road when she rode by.

Says Dorothy Hyde, one Tallahassee resident: "I think that this is ridiculous that they have billboards because there is a God and he is an awesome God. Without him, we would not be here."
The billboard's words--superimposed over an image of a blue sky with clouds--also sit on the south side of Apalachee Parkway at Goodbody Lane...
A third one, on West Pensacola Street at Lipona Road, says, "Don't Believe in God? Join the Club."
A 2010 Gallop poll says about five percent of Americans say "they are convinced that God does not exist."
Coalition members say they are using the billboards to reach out to atheists in the country, while others stand firmly against them.

"I love Jesus and I will always stand up for Jesus. He is my God, and he should be everybody's God", says Hyde.

I was not able to get an interview with representatives from the coalition. But, in a statement, they say, "We hope the people of Tallahassee will realize we are a regular part of the community." They say they hope their effort will serve as a beacon.
The billboards are scheduled to stay up until Spring.


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