About 164 miles from Yakima is Spokane, a mostly conservative city in the eastern part of Washington state. It now so happens to be a city where a group of atheists wish to make themselves more visible and more acceptable to the community via an ad campaign.
The atheist group called Spokane Coalition of Reason chose this past Monday to place a picture of a happy blue sky and fluffy white clouds underscored with “Are you good without God? Millions are.” on the outsides of 11 Spokane Transit Authority (STA)buses. The funding of $4,516.00 came from the United Coalition of Reason.
Thomas J. Brown of the Spokane Secular Society explained,
“All the Christian groups and different religious groups actually are making themselves known, making their statements known, we wanted to let other non-theists know there is a community for them too.”
Fred Edwords, national director of the United Coalition of Reason, echoed Brown’s words in a news release saying that he hopes the efforts serve as a beacon to let nontheists know they are not alone.
Molly Myers with STA says that they have no policy which would prohibit their campaign; and while they don’t endorse or condone the ad, it nevertheless falls under the First Amendment freedom of speech.
No doubt about that, and no doubt that this campaign is part of a larger effort.
Press Release Ray Ideus, a former Lutheran minister turned atheist, directs the Spokane Coalition of Reason, a union of three nontheistic groups in the Spokane area. // “I have brought more people out of the closet than I ever converted to Christ when I was a minister for 30 years,” Ideus said. Source
The ads remain on the buses through September 25, which includes the run of the Spokane County Interstate Fair. The coalition will have a booth at the Fair, exhibit booth #95.