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Atheism billboard greets O.C. drivers

August 19, 2011 |  8:21 am

Atheist billboard unveiled in Westminster.

Orange County drivers of the 55 Freeway accustomed to seeing the usual billboards hawking mobile phone plans, sweaty palm surgeries and mixed martial arts matches were greeted this week by the smiling face of a young woman selling atheism.

"Atheism is philanthropy without mythology, peace without superstition," reads the large billboard next to some industrial buildings at the southbound Edinger Avenue on-ramp.

The billboard is the latest public outreach effort of an Orange County coalition of atheist groups.

“I put up the billboard…because there are no churches for atheists. We have to organize our own events if we want to socialize—and we do,” Bruce Gleason, director of the Freethought Alliance, wrote in an “On Faith” column in Friday's Newport Beach Daily Pilot.

“There are more atheist groups in conservative Orange County than in Los Angeles," he added.

Earlier this year, the coalition bought ad space at bus stops and placed their message on a large billboard in Westminster: "Don't believe in God? You are not alone," it read.

“Oddly enough,” according to the Backyard Skeptics website, “a biker’s Christian group spent every day of the last two weeks under the billboard conducting a Bible Study!”


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Atheist billboard unveiled in Westminster. (KTLA-TV)