No Highway to Heaven?

New billboards question the need for God

By Andy Salsman
|  Thursday, Mar 3, 2011  |  Updated 12:15 PM EDT
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Billboards Question Need for God

Center for Inquiry

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Some billboards going up around town may turn heads. They tell drivers that they “don’t need God” to live fulfilling lives.

The billboards are being put up by the Center of Inquiry, a secular humanist group based in Amherst, N.Y.   The group said on its website that, as of March 1, the ads were featured on 15 buses and in two Metro stations -- Dupont Circle and Farragut West.

Similar signs will be appearing in Indianapolis and Houston.

“With this campaign, we are aiming to dispel some myths about the nonreligious,” said Ronald Lindsay, CFI president & CEO, on the website. “One common myth is that the nonreligious lead empty, meaningless, selfish, self-centered lives. This is not only false, it’s ridiculous. Unfortunately, all too many people accept this myth because that’s what they hear about nonbelievers.”

Many Christian groups oppose the billboards, but the head of the Christian Theological Seminary is taking the high road (no pun intended).

Edward Wheeler said he disagrees with the signs’ message, but people who believe in God should accept others’ opinions.

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