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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:09 PM

Atheist Billboard Targets African Americans

There’s nothing on it now, but on Monday a billboard on Interstate 35 at Illinois Avenue could be the talk of south Oak Cliff. That’s because its message will target black people who might consider becoming atheist.

“The question’s regarding doubt of religion. Do you really buy what you’re being told?” said Alix Jules, a member of African Americans for Humanism, a national organization of non-believers. In July, Jules was featured in a hot-button Ebony magazine article discussing his decision to become an atheist. His face is also on the ad bound for the billboard. It will be alongside the famous free-thinker, historical writer and activist Langston Hughes.

“Can I believe in a God that will help me find my keys and win a ball game but allows hunger in places like Africa? Those are really big questions the church does not have answers to,” he said. The group picked the area because it is home to at least a dozen black churches. And it picked February because of Black History Month.

Marsalis Avenue Church of Christ is about a mile from where the billboard will be. Pastor David Lane welcomes the discussion but believes faith in the black community is part of a heritage.


But Jules said the ad in Oak Cliff and those planned for six other major cities are meant to provoke thought, not discussion or even de-conversion. “It’s for the ones that really have doubt. Understand you are not alone,” he said.


And some pics that AAH has put up in Harlem/NYC...

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:34 PM

1. Wonderful!

My local humanist group paid for a billboard ourselves.
We love it!

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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 12:34 PM

2. That is a good one!

Thanks for sharing.

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