NEW YORK — A national multimedia ad campaign, with the message that it is possible to live a fulfilling life without God, launched this from the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Three major U.S. cities will be home to the advertisements and billboards, which proclaim “You don’t need God—to hope, to care, to love, to live.”
CFI is a nonprofit organization with the mission to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.
Washington, D.C., is the first of the trio of cities to host the advertisements. As of March 1, the ads are featured on 15 buses and in two well-traveled Metro stations, Dupont Circle and Farragut West. Drivers in Indianapolis and Houston will begin seeing billboards the week of March 7. A website specific to the campaign has also been created.
“With this campaign, we are aiming to dispel some myths about the nonreligious,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, CFI president & CEO. “One common myth is that the nonreligious lead empty, meaningless, selfish, self-centered lives. This is not only false, it’s ridiculous. Unfortunately, all too many people accept this myth because that’s what they hear about non-believers.”
The campaign was created with the goal to reach different areas of the United States, with a city in the heartland (Indianapolis) and the largest city in the Bible Belt (Houston) supplementing the nation’s capital. Other cities may be added as the campaign progresses.
The campaign website has more information about nonreligious Americans, including their numbers. Roughly 16 percent of Americans have no religious affiliation, according to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), and about 10 percent reject belief in God, based on surveys conducted in association with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
“Most everyone in the United States knows someone who is not religious, whether they’re aware of this or not,” observed Lindsay. “We’re your friends, neighbors, and colleagues—and we have similar hopes and concerns. Irrational prejudice against nonbelievers has no place in twenty-first-century America.”
To view the ad and a short video, and for more information, please visit: livingwithoutreligion.org