For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Fidalgo
Phone: (207) 358-9785
April 25, 2011
Portland, Oregon–April 25, 2011–A multimedia ad campaign challenging the myth that the nonreligious lead empty, selfish and self-centered lives will be unveiled this week in Portland, Oregon. “You don’t need God-to hope, to care, to love, to live.”
Living Without Religion billboards will be seen on both the west and east sides of the city, at SW Barbur, 50 feet southwest of Bancroft Street, on the east side of the road facing south; and at Powell and 8th, on the south side of the street facing west.
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) originally launched the campaign in Washington, DC, Indianapolis, and Houston last month. A website specific to the campaign has also been created. CFI plans to add other cities as the campaign progresses.
CFI is a nonprofit organization with the mission to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.
“With this campaign, we are aiming to dispel some negative stereotypes about the nonreligious,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, CFI president and CEO. “Most everyone in the United States knows someone who is not religious, whether they’re aware of this or not; yet myths about the nonreligious persist.”
The campaign was created with the goal to reach different areas, including the Northwest. Portland is home to a thriving CFI branch, CFI–Portland. Although this area is one of the most secular locations in the United States, it is being targeted by a new generation of evangelists. According to an article in The Oregonian, local community service efforts led by evangelists are being closely monitored for possible violations of separation of church and state.
The Living Without Religion website has more information about the millions of nonreligious Americans. Roughly 16 percent of Americans are unaffiliated with a religion, according to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), and about 10 percent reject belief in God, based on surveys conducted in association with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
“The nonreligious are your friends, neighbors, and colleagues-and we have similar hopes and concerns. Irrational prejudice against nonbelievers has no place in twenty-first-century America,” Lindsay said.
To view the ad and a short video, and for more information, please visit: livingwithoutreligion.org.
The Center for Inquiry is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York; it is also home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Our web address is www.centerforinquiry.net.