SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Just as the holiday season gets into full swing,
55 billboards about atheism will go up in the Sacramento area next
The billboards are part of an ongoing national campaign called "Out of Closet."
"It's because atheists are starting to speak up and they're beginning
to identify each other and find out they're not alone," Judy Saint
Saint is the president of the Greater Sacramento Chapter of Freedom
From Religion Foundation, the group organizing the campaign. She said
the movement is not about being anti-God, but being OK with not
embracing a God.
"There are a lot of non-believers and this time of year, they feel
like they're all alone," Saint explained. "This is not directed to
people who enjoy their church, who enjoy their religion. That's fine.
But we're talking to people who don't know that atheism is okay."
Saint said happiness and good actions can come without a higher being.
"You don't have to have a God in your life," said Saint.
Some of the billboard quotes include: "A life of love, no Gods
required," "No Gods, no devils, no worries," and "Live for now, not for
The billboard campaign will feature 55 different people all from the
Sacramento area. It includes their picture, their name, their profession
and their message in their own words.
"Sacramento is a very religious community, lots of good is being done
by religious people," Interfaith Council of Greater
Sacramento spokesperson Jon Fish said.
He said he is not opposed to the billboards.
"I don't have any grief with any of that," Fish said.
But he hopes the church will also send a message to non-believers.
"I hope they won't be feeling alone," Fish said. "I hope the
religious people reach out to them. That's what we're supposed to do."
The billboards will be up for at least a month. The national campaign has been running for several years.