Posted by RANDY on November 1, 2010 at 11:37 PM
Another ‘Out of the Closet’ billboard goes up
October 27, 2010
As supporters and members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation arrive in
Madison, Wis., for its 33rd annual convention Oct. 29-30, they'll be greeted by
celebrity Julia Sweeney and Katie, FFRF's bookkeeper/baker and
The greeting comes on a billboard that's part of FFRF's new
the Closet" campaign that introduces freethinkers to the community. One side
bears Sweeney’s message: "I read the bible! Now I am a proud atheist." The
reverse side showcases Katie's billboard cut-out with a “Godless Goddess”
T-shirt, holding a plateful of cookies and saying: “I like biking, baking &
sleeping in on Sundays.”
The sign is on East Johnson Street at First Street near the railroad tracks
and is positioned for visibility for people coming from and going to Dane County
Regional Airport. About 700 people will attend the
convention at the downtown
Concourse Hotel. Sweeney, a "Saturday Night Live" alum and "Letting Go of
God" playwright, will speak at the convention at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Foundation plans to take the campaign theme of "Many faces make
enlightenment work" around the nation and will use local freethinkers'
"testimonies" on bus and billboard ads.
Ads featuring 2 dozen area freethinkers are on a digital display on the
beltline at Rimrock Road through next Monday, and 13 images of freethinkers are
up through the end of October on king-sized ads on buses with downtown routes.
Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said it's time for atheists and agnostics
to speak up publicly to claim their civil rights. "More and more, we're seeing
the dumbing down of discourse on the principles that America was founded on, and
that includes the separation of state and church."
FFRF is seeking individuals and local or regional secular groups to help
coordinate “Out of the Closet” campaigns with FFRF to their area, using FFRF’s
template and its local members. FFRF is also looking for donors who might be
interested in underwriting the myth-dispelling campaign, Gaylor said.