Right alongside 94 East is a new bill board in Lemon Grove. It’s quite a shocker if all you’ve ever seen along freeways are commercial ads, for this one is about religion – in a way.
It states very clearly:
Atheism – A personal relationship with reality.
The new billboard is sponsored by a coalition of groups that adhere to atheism and it went up at the end of January. The billboard is east and near the Federal Blvd freeway exit off 94. The groups include The San Diego Coalition of Reason and American Atheists, who spent $4,000 on the billboard – which did not appear lit up at night.
Debbie Allen – head of the San Diego Coalition of Reason – told the media:
“Some people assume that atheism is an entire world view,” she said. “It’s not. It is an opinion about one thing and one thing only. About whether or not there are deities, fairies, goblins, ghosts, any kind of supernatural deity.”
Allen also said she would not be surprised if there was some negative reaction to the sign. Four years ago, her group put up a similar billboard and received a lot of positive response from it. The two groups have for the last 5 years been placing billboards up in communities all over the country.
There is an upcoming speech by David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, who will speak at UC San Diego on Sunday, Feb. 24th. He said that his speech’s message will be that religion demands special treatment it does not deserve.
A recent PEW study found the number of Americans who say they don’t have any religious affiliation has more than doubled since 1972.