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!
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