If you want to educate religious voters about the importance of church/state separation, heading to Mississippi is a good start. And that’s where the Freedom From Religion Foundation will put up this digital billboard over the month of July.
FFRF’s billboard message is very appropriate for Mississippi. The state is the most religious in the country (tied with Alabama), with 77 percent of adult Mississippians saying that they are “very religious,” according to the Pew Research Center. At the same time, it consistently ranks at or near the bottom in quality of life. A recent survey found it to be the worst state in the country to live in, with “the lowest annual median household income and the highest poverty rate in the nation,” as well as the lowest life expectancy.
“We lose sight of human needs when we fixate on gods,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “When we have faith in ourselves, we won’t need faith in gods.”
Will the people in Tupelo heed the message? Not a chance. But at least they’ll have some entertaining dinnertime conversations.
FFRF previously put up this billboard in Colorado in 2012.