SPOKANE – Seven billboards have popped up around Spokane in the last week touting Atheism.
The signs display messages like “Atheist Family: Good without a God” and “On bended knee, not with me.”
The ads are sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a non-profit agency based in Madison, Wisconsin.
Billboards feature local Atheists like Ray Ideus, who said the day he retired was the last time he went to church.
Ideus worked as a member of the clergy in the Lutheran Church for 30 years. He said he questioned his religion for years, but feared “coming out” as an Atheist. He said the billboards are designed to let people with questions about the existence of God know they are not alone.
"We sense there's a need for it,” Ideus said.
Ideus estimates up to 25 percent of the people living in the Inland Northwest are Atheists. He also acknowledges not everyone will like the message.
"There are two things you can't argue with people about: politics and religion, because everybody's point of view has got to be the right one," he said.
The billboards will be up for a month, introducing people to “their friendly neighborhood Atheists.”