The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the largest national association of atheists and agnostics, is taking its national billboard campaign to Texas for the first time, posting its colorful "Imagine No Religion" billboard on I-37.

The Foundation launched a national billboard campaign a year ago, taking its religion-free messages state-by-state. Foundation billboard messages also say "Beware of Dogma," "Reason's Greetings," and "Keep Religion OUT of Politics."

I heard of the campaign in late November after the General Outdoor sign company in Rancho Cucamonga, California, tore down and destroyed the Foundation's "Imagine No Religion" billboard. Speaking to the Associated Press, the foundation's co-president, Annie Laurie Gaylor, said the billboard is meant to encourage a debate about religion by evoking lyrics from a John Lennon song.

Personally, I think the campaign is quite strong. By evoking one of the best songs ever written, the foundation reminds us of Lennon's conviction that the world would be better place if we all treated each other with respect and kindness instead of constantly defending our religious beliefs against the other.

BEHAVING as if there were no religion is not the same as GIVING UP our religious beliefs.

Posted by Ko

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