Billboard Gives Attention To Atheism
Ad Near 72nd And Pacific Starts Discussion
Omaha, NE - What is atheism?
"An atheist says the matter is settled and that there is no God," clarified King of Kings pastor Dr. Roger Theimer.
It's certainly the one word getting of attention this week. A giant billboard asking people who "don't believe in God to join the club" is now creating plenty of discussion.
"Traditionally, atheists and non-believers are not held in high regard within society, but in reality we're just like everyone else," said Omaha Coalition of Reason director William Newman.
The ad, placed by Newman's group near 72nd and Pacific, seeks to raise the visibility of local members who describe themselves as non-spiritual or not religious. Newman believes giving this community a voice makes Omaha more inclusive.
"Atheists are friends, family, neighbors and coworkers," said Newman.
The ad now has local church leaders sounding off.
"I certainly disagree with their opinions, but I support their right to express it," said Salem Baptist Church pastor Selwyn Bachus.
"I've seen the billboard in other communities and I think it invites us to public forums in saying, well, let's have a conversation," said Theimer.
The Coalition of Reason tells KMTV Action 3 News it has seen a rise in interest since the billboard was put up. In fact, it expects a big turnout at a conference next month.