The Center For Inquiry (CFI) has added Portland, Oregon to a mutimedia campaign originally launched in Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, and Houston. CFI has plans to bring more cities to the effort, depending on available resources. CFI wants people to know this message:
“You don’t need God – to hope, to care, to love, to live.”
What freethinkers find truly remarkable is that such a simple and straightfoward message is considered controversial by so many of the faithful. The news that the billboards can now be seen in Portland, or anywhere else, is extraordinary because it is news.
The “Living Without Religion” campaign is about offering an expressive outlet for people who might not realize they are not alone in doubting dogma, and shouldn’t feel the need to deny their rational leanings. Another goal is to counter false assumptions about people who choose not to follow any god.
The misguided percetions that nonreligious people are immoral, or that a person cannot find a base for morality outside of religion, foster deep misunderstandings about nonbelievers.
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