The Freedom From Religion Foundation got all the details right when it posted a billboard featuring the friendly face of Dylan Galos in Columbus, Ohio. The billboard, which featured the words “I can be good without God,” wasn’t posted on public land or with public money — it was placed on private property using privately raised funds.
And yet the billboard was taken down, against the wishes of the Freedom From Religion Foundation that paid for it. Why?
It’s not because the billboard had any obscenities on it. It didn’t.
It’s not because the billboard denigrated any religion. It didn’t.
The billboard was taken down because a church objected to its existence. That’s why.
There are religious billboards of all sorts all over Columbus, Ohio, and they have remained up despite offending the sensibilities of atheists and residents of other religions, as they should. Atheist messages aren’t being given that same chance, and it’s not a problem limited to Ohio. In Little Rock Arkansas, a transit system that regularly posts signs from religious groups on its buses has refused to post a sign reading “Are you good without God? Millions are.” Atheist ideas are second-class ideas with second-class status in America.