Rick Wingrove on CNN

On the American Atheists 4th of July Banners

Rick Wingrove, head of Beltway Atheists, Inc., and Virginia State Director for American Atheists, will appear on CNN Sunday Morning on Sunday, July 3, at 8:30 AM. Rick will be interviewed by the host, T.J. Holmes, regarding the aerial banners that American Atheists will be flying over 26 American cities on the 4th of July.

There are 2 banners: One says, GodLESS America; the other says, Atheism is Patriotic.

The purpose of the banners is to raise awareness of atheists in American and to make the point that atheists are patriotic Americans and proud citizens with rights fully equal to the most adamantly religious.  The banners will also illustrate the point that Separation of Church and State is built into the very fabric of the Constitution.

American Atheists is already meeting stiff resistance to both the message and the method. Some opponents complained heatedly about the billboards – which were enormously successful for raising awareness and raising funds, as well as getting a lot of airtime for atheists on the news channels. But most opponents simply hate the messengers and the message and would silence us if possible. There is already near apoplexy in certain parts of the christian community.

Nevertheless, watch Rick on Sunday and look for a banner flying near you on July 4th!

Time State Cities Location
1200-1300 Alabama Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Dauphin
Island
State Line to Bayou la Batre
1900-2000 California Los Angeles, Santa Monica Santa Monica to Manhatten Beach
0900-1000 Colorado Denver Greely Stampede
0900-1000 Conn. Mystic, New London, Groton Mystic, Stonington, Sandy Point, New London
1100-1200 Florida Miami Beach, South Beach South Beach to Lauderdale
1030-1200 Illinois Racine, Zion, Libertyville Racine South to Zion -Waukegan – Libertyville -Highland Park to Grays
Lake
0900-1000 Indiana Lake Potaka, Paoli Patoka Lake / Paoli Area
1030-1230 Louisiana Mandaville, Covington,
Abita Springs
Mandaville Seafood Fest/ Mandaville Downtown
1500-1600 Mass. South Cape Cod Osterman to Chatham Beaches
1900-2000 Michigan Detroit Downtown/ Heart Plaza
1300-1400 Minnesota Parade Forrest Lake, Roseville Parade Forrest Lake/ White Bear Lake/ Roseville Fest
1100-1200 Mississippi Biloxi, Gulfport Biloxi Beaches
1000-1100 Missouri Lake of the Ozarks Osage Beach
0800-0900 Nebraska Lake Whitney Chadron/Lake Whitney
0900-1000 New Jersey Long Branch, Sandy Hook Beaches Long Branch To Sandy Hook Beaches
1000-1100 New York Harbor, Liberty Island Harbor Liberty Island
1500-1600 N. Dakota Grand Forks Grand Forks/Downtown
1700-1900 N. Carolina Coast South border to 20 miles Myrtle Beach, then up/down coast until 7
1900-2000 Ohio Toledo Downtown/ Zoo Amphitheater
1600-1700 Oregon Portland, Vancouver Downtown Vancuver & Portland/Stadium
1000-1100 Rhode Is. Coast Westerly, Watch Hill, Misquamicut, Weekapaug, Charlestown, Green Hill, Matunuck, Point Judith, Scarborough, Narragansett
1000-1100 S. Carolina Myrtle Beach N. Myrtle Beach to Garden City
0900-1000 S. Dakota Rapid City Downtown/Parade
1600-1700 Texas Ft. Worth, Arlington Rangers Pregame
1700-1800 Wash. Seattle Gas Works Park Myrtle Edwards Beach
0900-1000 Wisconsin Racine, Milwaukee Racine – Oak Creek – Bayview – Greenfield and back to Racine via Franklin

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