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American Atheists forced to remove billboard advertisements.

As the Republican and Democratic National Conventions roll into town “freedom of speech” has crept out by the back door.

The American Atheist movement had planned a campaign to “question faith in politics”. But a frighteningly large volume of threats by email and phone has put an end to this exercise.

American Atheists, a campaigning organization, has announced that the billboards the organization had placed in Charlotte, NC, ahead of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, criticizing Christianity and Mormonism would be coming down weeks early.

“It is with regret that we tell our members and all of those who treasure free speech and the separation of religion and government that American Atheists and Adams Outdoor Advertising have mutually agreed to remove the billboards immediately,” said Amanda Knief, American Atheists’ Managing Director.

“No subject, no idea should be above scrutiny—and this includes religion in all forms,” Ms. Knief said. “We are saddened that by choosing to express our rights as atheists through questioning the religious beliefs of the men who want to be our president that our fellow citizens have responded with vitriol, threats, and hate speech against our staff, volunteers, and Adams Outdoor Advertising.”

Teresa MacBain, American Atheists’ Public Relations Director said, "It saddens me to think that our country is not a safe place for all people to publicly question religious belief. How can we grow as a nation when such censorship exists from our own citizens?"

Source: http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/53599
Tags: atheism, democratic national committee/convention, free speech, religion, republican national committee/convention
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