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Published: Dec 5, 2008
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'Imagine No Religion' Atheist Billboard Draws Fire
by Staff


A group of secularists in Denver said they have taken their beliefs to the streets with a billboard near the state Capitol reading "Imagine No Religion."

The billboard was launched with a countrywide ad campaign and will remain posted until the end of July, The Denver Post reported Monday.

"The religious right is not a majority, but it has a strong voice and a lot of influence. We want to uphold the separation of church and state," said Michael Lee Smith, spokesman for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Smith said the billboard is expected to cost nearly $3,000 for foundation supporters in the area to keep it up.

Critics say the foundation is ignoring the influences organized religion has on society.

"I always support their freedom of speech," council director Jim Ryan said. "But the foundation is failing to acknowledge all the moral values and work for the common good that has grown out of faith traditions."

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly had an eight-minute segment on his show Tuesday night decrying the inclusion of the atheistic billboard along with a holiday tree and a Christian nativity scene.

Conservative TV personality O'Reilly called the display "political correctness gone mad" and urged viewers to call Gov. Chris Gregoire's office to complain.




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