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Freedom From Religion billboard taken down

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 21, 2008 | 7:57 pm

Photo: LAist

This billboard from the Freedom From Religion Foundation lasted about a week alongside a Rancho Cucamonga freeway before complaints prompted General Outdoor signing to take it down. The removal isn’t surprising considering the audience. I used to cover religion in San Bernardino County, and it’s pretty much a no-foolies community—conservative Christianity dominates. A message like this would not be welcome.

The foundation’s co-president, though, was steaming about the ad’s speedy removal:

“Are religionists so thin-skinned they must squelch free debate?” Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement. “One small freethought billboard in the immense state of California is such a threat to insecure religious egos that it must be censored? With local freethinkers’ help, the Freedom From Religion Foundation would love to plaster the valley with our message. Let’s fight back!”

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