A coalition of atheist groups in Colorado purchased a series of billboards in Denver and Colorado Springs they hope will spark debate and encourage community gathering and thought.
The billboards will read “God Is An Imaginary Friend-Choose Reality, It Will Be Better For All Of Us.”
According to Colorado Coalition of Reason (COCORE) one of the motivations for the billboards was a concern that religious individuals feel they have “not only the right, but the obligation to force their religious views on others.” The group cites increased proselytizing in the military, educational systems, and government and growing attacks on the LGBT community and abortion providers as evidence of the ever-expanding influence of religion in our culture.
The group went out of its way to state they were not trying to offend believers. “If you disagree with the sentiments of the sign, please don’t be offended. We are more interested in opening a dialogue than upsetting you. We don’t ask you to stop believing in your versions of a super-natural being. We do ask that you consider not forcing your religious views on others.”
This is not the first time the coalition of atheists put up billboards to spread its word. In 2008 and 2010 the group paid for billboards that asked “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” and also one that protested the Denver City Council Building nativity scene.
It’s a simple point but one that will no doubt cause controversy with the significant evangelical population in the state. If only this message were as welcome in public discourse as the fidelity of a person’s faith.
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