Amarillo Atheists Adopt a Highway November 8, 2010

Amarillo Atheists Adopt a Highway

It’s hard being an atheist in Amarillo, Texas.

But a group of freethinkers are trying to do some helpful community service in the area. Following in the footsteps of the Greensboro Atheist Organization, members of the Freethought Oasis group have adopted a highway!

We’ve adopted a two-mile stretch of FM 1541 (South Washington), beginning about two miles south of McCormick Road. Come join us as we participate in the Texas Adopt-A-Highway program and improve the environment here in the Texas Panhandle. We’ll be cleaning up four times a year, beginning with Saturday, November 13.

If you’d like to help out next Saturday, all the information can be found here.

See how easy it is to do good without a god?

(Thanks to Steve for the link!)

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  • The Fellowship of Freethought Dallas has been maintaining our two-mile stretch right in the middle of town for the past two years… and still going!
    Click here for a photo of our sign!

    Click here to visit our Meetup page if you’re in the DFW area!


  • If god wanted Texas to be pretty, he wouldn’t have made it so ugly.

  • Barrett

    I live in Amarillo and never heard of this group. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Attention Texas secularists! Good luck; we’re all counting on you! Love, America

  • sil-chan

    @The Snide Atheist: Many parts of Texas are beautiful.

    Fort Worth, for instance, is culturally a center of art and a center for the history of the wild west. It has 7 major and any number of minor theaters, at least 10 major museums of history and science, some of the best venues for music in The South, and one of the top zoos outside of San Diego in the country.

    El Paso is a beautiful desert region with complex rock formations everywhere.

    Hill country (starts north of Austin) is a gorgeous expanse of barely touched forest, brush, and rivers.

    Austin itself is a gorgeous city owing to its building code requiring all new buildings in the commercial district to use pink granite in their construction.

    Don’t disparage the land and cities as they are beautiful. If you must, disparage those who display all the bad qualities you obviously think of when you think of Texas (like a certain asshole governor who was inexplicably re-elected recently and all those who voted for him).

  • Togii

    It makes me wonder if certain people wont start purposely throwing their garbage out the window along that stretch of highway, the same way they target atheist billboards.
    Surely not, right?

  • Steve

    They probably don’t even know what “freethought” means

  • Steve from FTO

    For what it’s worth, the Steve with the last comment is not the Steve who sent the link, although he’s got an interesting point.

  • Anonymous


    We all love El Paso 😛

    (I’m sure some Texans would now like to kill me for posting this… XD )

  • i adore these kinds of gestures. really, to me they are very uplifting and satisfying. which means: they are lost on most believers, and even the not-really-“faithful.” i know this because every time i use the words “free thought” to a believer, they either get a really angry look on their faces and shut down all balanced interaction with me, or they stare and me and say, “uh, wut?”

    no one in this country other than educated atheists and humanists (excepting a group of super evil, rich and well educated, deliberately Machiavellian Opus D types) really knows what a term like “free thought” means, not historically nor in the intellectual tradition of skepticism. try again, free folk. remember, you’re dealing with people who understand “what religion means” via huckters in megachurches and what they “learn” on tv shows like the one with vampires or the one about angels.

  • Did it have to be such a desolate piece of road?

  • Did it have to be such a desolate piece of road?

    By Texas Panhandle standards, that’s not desolate at all.

    Barret, if you’re interested in the group, my name is linked to our website, and we have a Meetup page at

  • Us heathens in Iowa have also adopted a highway, part of Interstate 35 in the Des Moines area. Thousands of people driving north on I35 see our sign every day.

    You can be good without god

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