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08-05-2012, 07:39 PM
Texas, San Antonio Texas....
Guess Austin isnt the ONLY cool town in Texas...
Thought I'd share. ~ debzilla
http://www.unitedcor.org/national/news/g...an-antonio
Godless Billboard on I-10 in San AntonioFor immediate release
(San Antonio, Texas, May 8, 2012) "Don't believe in God? Join the club."
These words, superimposed over an image of a Texas sunrise, are now up on a 14 x 48 foot digital billboard located on the west side of I-10 at North Crossroads Blvd. The billboard is visible to traffic heading south, whether continuing on the Interstate just past I-410, taking the off ramp to the Wonderland of the Americas Mall or taking the on ramp south when leaving the mall.
The ad will remain up through the Memorial Day weekend, a span that includes Mother's Day. It was placed by the San Antonio Coalition of Reason (San Antonio CoR) with $5,000 in funding from the United Coalition of Reason (UnitedCoR). The billboard campaign marks the public launch of San Antonio CoR, an alliance of six established non-theistic groups in Central Texas. The groups are Atheist Families of San Antonio, Freethinkers Association of Central Texas, Humanists of San Antonio, San Antonio Atheists Group, San Antonio Skeptics and Texas Hill Country Freethinkers.
The campaign is also the latest in a nationwide effort to reach out to non-theists. Since March 2009 there have been similar billboards, as well as bus ads and Internet campaigns, in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The states are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia. In Texas there have been previous campaigns in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.
"The point of our ongoing nationwide awareness campaign is to reach out to the millions of atheists and agnostics living in the UnitedStates," explained Fred Edwords, national director of the United Coalition of Reason. "Such non-theists sometimes don't realize there's a community for them because they're inundated with religious messages at every turn," he added. "We hope our effort will serve as a beacon and let them know they aren't alone."
Reaching out to the like-minded isn't the only goal of the coalition: "We hope folks will realize that we are a part of their community," said Jim Parker, coordinator of the San Antonio Coalition of Reason. "Atheists and agnostics like us live all over Texas. We're your coworkers, your neighbors, your friends and your relatives. One of us might even be sitting in the pew next to you at church."
"Visibility is important to us," Edwords noted, "because, in this society, atheists and agnostics often don't know many people like themselves. And if traditionally religious people can be open about their views, why can't we be open about ours?"

Here is a video clip on topic:
http://www.woai.com/mediacenter/local.as...id=3479962

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08-05-2012, 09:48 PM
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Big Balls for Texas
The only thing Texans hate more than atheists are those queers.

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09-05-2012, 05:27 AM
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Thomas, it's all about baby steps. :-)

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09-05-2012, 09:25 AM
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How long before it is mysteriously vandallized? Or the billboard owner recieves so many threats of loss of business he is forced to take it down?

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09-05-2012, 01:41 PM
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Yay!! We need one in Dallas now!!

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09-05-2012, 03:22 PM
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I live here and drive by that area where it's located quite frequently, and super excited. It's design is perfect for bringing attention to those of us who think we're alone here. I'm getting more involved and I can see the Meetup Groups getting several new members since that billboard went up. YeeehaW!

I don't think anyone will mess with the sign, even freethinkers pack in these here parts. Not that we'd ever shoot anyone for spray painting a sign, but it sounded like some cool shit to say.
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10-05-2012, 02:41 PM
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I'm with k37713; we need these in Dallas, NOW! While it's true that there are several meetup groups in this area, it's still a bastion of belief in magic. I've about had it with the "I Am Second" campaign, but we have a local athlete (Josh Hamilton) who's a part of it, so it's not going anywhere, soon.

This is pure speculation, but if Texas showed a sudden surge in freethoughtical (my word!) tendencies, I think it would be a safe assumption to say that the rest of the United States would have no choice but to take notice. Yes, it's a pipe dream, but I'm allowed to have them.

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10-05-2012, 03:52 PM
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I'm actually going to San Antonio Memorial weekend for a soccer tournament...

I'm gonna keep my eyes peeled for this one. Should be awesome.
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