Thanks to the United Coalition of Reason, Tampa Bay now has an atheist billboard!
Reaching out to the like minded isn’t the only goal of the effort. “We also want to let people know that we nontheistic folks belong to the larger community,” added Rick O’Keefe, coordinator of Tampa Bay CoR. “Whether the public knows it or not, we can be found among family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers. We’re just like everyone else, except we don’t believe in a supreme being. It’s about time we were as free as others to be open about our views.”
It’s not the first atheist billboard in Florida. Another was up just a few months ago in Lakeland.
The more, the merrier, I say.
As far as I can tell, though, this billboard hasn’t stirred up too much controversy.
Perhaps it’s just not very confrontational. Similar billboards have gotten their fair share of publicity, though.
Or maybe people just aren’t getting worked up over the mere existence of atheists in the Tampa Bay area. In that case, the whole point of the billboards/ads is hitting home — this is we all wanted to have happen in the first place.
For once, maybe no publicity is a good thing.