Atheists Billboards Go Up in Orlando! April 14, 2011

Atheists Billboards Go Up in Orlando!

A new set of atheist billboards reading “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone” are going up in Florida thanks to the Orlando Coalition of Reason:

Reaching out to the like minded isn’t the only goal of the effort: “We want people to know that one can be a decent human being and contribute to society without belief in a god,” said Jack Maurice, coordinator of Orlando CoR. “You’ll find us everywhere. We’re your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers and your family members.”

[National director of the United Coalition of Reason Fred] Edwords added: “We selected the Easter season because it’s at holiday times like these that people like us become most aware of the need for community. Therefore, what better time to inform our audience that such a community of like minded people exists?”

The cost of putting up the six billboards for one month is $6,250 (paid for by the United Coalition of Reason).

You know the press can’t resist a good atheism story:

Daniel Sandoval is a member of the Secular Student Alliance, college students who do not believe in God, they call themselves non-theists. “A non-theist is someone that thinks scientific minded with our natural world with reasonable thoughts,” said Sandoval.

He says these billboards are not made to offend people, they’re here to educate. “This is just another way of networking for non-theists. Right now during the Easter holiday and Christmas is when people like us need a community. We’re there to tell them we’re here, they’re not alone,” Sandoval.

If you’re in the area, the groups making up the local coalition can be found here. Check them out and attend a meeting!

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  • Muxika

    Yes, thank you! I’m living in Orlando; what a pleasure to have something alternative up on a billboard.

  • Funny coincidence: I was in NY seeing the Book of Mormon and the main character said he wished he got his first choice as a place for his missionary. I thought, “I bet it’s Disneyworld,” and screw it, I was right! Orlando, to be exact. Now Mormons and Mickey Mouse can look at our beautiful billboard and say, “It’s a small world after all.”

  • I don’t like the wording too much. There was some confusion as to what it meant when the Atheists of Florida put it up in Lakeland. I think it should say, “Don’t believe in God? We don’t either.”

  • Matto the Hun

    I liked tis portin of the article:

    “I think that’s ridiculous. I believe in God, that’s why we’re here,” said onlooker. “Its just an opinion. Everybody has an opinion,” said another.

    Those two onlookers believe in God. These next one is not so sure. “The billboard makes people think. Yeah. It makes you think a bit,” said another.

    My take away, the billboard causes 1 out of 3 onlookers to think. (the remaining 2 put up their “Gawd” shields.)

  • Finally some non-embarrassing news to come out of the nation’s wang!

  • Kim

    I’ve been meaning to look into a local group here (in Orlando) since I moved a few months ago from Tampa. Thanks for posting this!

  • Rickster

    I was surprised by the newscast. Seeing it was a fox network I totally expected something unfair and unbalanced.

  • Kristi

    I live in FL…. glad to see they have made their way here!

  • Nice billboards! And that’s a great price for 6 of them! My hat’s off. Orlando COR rocks!

    And the message. I like it. But so do some Christians, as it’s word for word what some Christians have told me. “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone. (Because God is here.)”

    It seems that the media outlet reporting on this figured it out easily enough. But hey! At least it’s not offensive! Well especially not to the Christians who say it. 😉

    Nevermind me, I’m just having fun. 🙂

  • Alice

    I wish we had a secular student alliance at UCF where I go to school (it’s in Orlando). Wonder where the guy from the article goes.

  • Alice,

    I’m Daniel Sandoval, from the video. I graduated from Valencia this semester and will be starting at UCF this Fall thanks to a scholarship.
    If you check out and click on UCF’s Project S.M.A.R.T., it’ll direct you straight to our newly-created Facebook group. We will be up and running in the Fall but we may do Summer meetings as well. Let me know if you have any questions!

    – Daniel Sandoval

  • Ollieom

    These billboards seem to be designed to be offensive to the christian population in particular. They have been put up specifically at easter. This organization believes that people who believe in jesus and god do not have reasonable thought or believe in science, and are not “s.m.a.r.t.” This is a childish acronym and a blinkered viewpoint, designed as an attack on believers. This group has a lot of animosity towards those who believe in god. I hope they would stop this and put as much effort into helping those in need, the poor and the hungry as our churches do, instead of spreading this vile material.

  • Nathan French

    Maybe if you didn’t spend every waking moment ridiculing people who believe in God, you wouldn’t be so alone.

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