Archive for March, 2012
On March 18, 2012 Backyard Skeptics placed a new secular billboard announcing that “God Is Imaginary – Choose Reality – It is better for everyone” in Westminster, CA
WHO: The largest Orange County based skeptics and atheist group, Backyard Skeptics
WHERE: American Legion in Westminster 14582 Beach Boulevard, Midway City, 2 miles south of the 33 freeway on the east side of Beach Blvd.
WHY: “There is not one scientific, empirical piece of evidence that any deity exists. It’s all based on faith.” says Bruce Gleason, Founder and director of a local grass-roots atheist group called Backyard Skeptics. “No matter how many people want their deity to exist, that doesn’t make it true” He adds “We feel that those who believe in an imaginary friend behaves, and more importantly votes, to support a theology which supports doctrines that harm others in our society. People should live to support less suffering in this world, not more suffering to be accepted into a mythical heaven.” Gleason believes that once a person is indoctrinated into a system that calls itself ‘truth’ or ‘all loving and all good’ they are hijacked by a doctrine which they refuse to confront in fear of reprisal from a god which doesn’t exist. In turn the behave to support that doctrine without researching why it causes more suffering.
The billboard is paid for by a Backyard Skeptics anonymous donor and the national organization American Atheists based in New Jersey.