Area Religious Leaders Question Billboards

September 28, 2009

Author: Oralandar Brand-Williams

Source: The Detroit News

A series of controversial billboards recently erected throughout Metro Detroit is drawing curious stares and criticism from the faith community.

The seven billboards read "Imagine No Religion" or "Praise Darwin: Evolve Beyond Belief" with a stained-glass window motif.

They are sponsored by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit group that touts itself as the largest free-thought association in the nation.

The billboards are part of a monthlong campaign aimed at provoking debate about the role religion plays in daily life and public policy, said Annie Laurie Gaylord, co-president of the foundation.