A Sad Day For America – American Atheists Forced To Remove Religious Billboards From CharlottePosted by Phil Ferguson on August 24th, 2012 – 25 Comments – Posted in Uncategorized
I hope we can get more details soon. My concern is that this action will only encourage those that make the threats. Let us put up more billboards and put video equipment in place so we can catch those that do property damage.
If there are threats to people the police and FBI should be involved.
AMERICAN ATHEISTS REMOVES RELIGIOUS BILLBOARDS FROM CHARLOTTE
Large Volume of Threats by Email, Phone Ends Campaign to Question Faith in Politics
Cranford, NJ – American Atheists announced today that the billboards the organization had placed in Charlotte, NC, ahead of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, criticizing Christianity and Mormonism would be coming down weeks early.
“It is with regret that we tell our members and all of those who treasure free speech and the separation of religion and government that American Atheists and Adams Outdoor Advertising have mutually agreed to remove the billboards immediately,” said Amanda Knief, American Atheists’ Managing Director.
“No subject, no idea should be above scrutiny—and this includes religion in all forms,” Ms. Knief said. “We are saddened that by choosing to express our rights as atheists through questioning the religious beliefs of the men who want to be our president that our fellow citizens have responded with vitriol, threats, and hate speech against our staff, volunteers, and Adams Outdoor Advertising.”
Teresa MacBain, American Atheists’ Public Relations Director said, “It saddens me to think that our country is not a safe place for all people to publicly question religious belief. How can we grow as a nation when such censorship exists from our own citizens?”
Here are the full billboards. Spread them around since they are coming down.