In October, FFRF placed 14-by-48-foot billboards in Atlanta and Denver that state, “In Science We Trust,” which is a secular play on the national motto.
“‘In God We Trust’ is a johnny-come-lately motto adopted by Congress during the Cold War,” FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor points out. “The motto, to be accurate, would have to be worded, ‘In God Some of Us Trust,’ and that would be very silly.”
In Atlanta, the billboard is up at the corner of Marietta Street and Simpson Street. That billboard is part of a year-long media campaign in the South’s most bustling metropolis. FFRF is grateful for the support of Georgia FFRF Member Jack Egger, who is graciously funding the campaign.
Egger notes that it’s satisfying to counter the godly motto, “In God We Trust,” which optionally appears on many Georgia license plates.
“If all of us had faith in science and humanism, we would improve life on Earth so fast,” urges Egger.
FFRF and Egger additionally have two rotating billboards featuring pictures of several young atheists with the message, “I’m Atheist & I Vote.”
One of these digital billboards is located along Highway 141 just north of McGinnis Ferry Road. The second is located along Interstate 75 just south of Delk Road.
Previous billboards that FFRF and Egger have placed this year in the vicinity include a bulletin telling people to “Enjoy life — there is no afterlife,” a timely billboard reminding residents of our nation’s foundational wall with the message, “The only wall we need is between church-state,” and a provocative message proclaiming, “supernatural belief — the enemy of humanity.”
In Denver, the billboard is on the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue. FFRF Member Monty C. Cleworth generously funded the billboard.
“With a host of real and pressing challenges facing society today, our leaders need to be making evidence-based policy decisions,” says Cleworth. “Our world would be quickly improved if we all gave up supernaturalism in favor of belief in science and humanism.”
This is the second billboard message in the Mile High City hosted by FFRF this fall. In September, with the help of the Denver chapter of FFRF, the “I’m Atheist & I Vote” billboard went up on the corner of Lincoln Street and Eighth Avenue.