April 3, 2012
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is proud to share with you that CFI’s advertisement for the Living without Religion campaign was voted Favorite Atheist/Agnostic Ad by the readers of the About.com Agnosticism and Atheism website. Nominated along with three other ads, CFI’s Living without Religion won with an overwhelming majority, garnering 55 percent of votes from the About.com community.
The ad itself, featured on billboards and in mass transit locations in cities such as Washington, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, and Houston, delivered a message of hope and belonging to all nonbelievers: “You don’t need God — to hope, to care, to love, to live.” Soon, it will appear on a billboard in Morgan County, Indiana. Reactions to other appearances of the ad in the state have been “overwhelmingly positive,” according to CFI–Indiana Executive Director Reba Boyd Wooden.
The campaign website, LivingwithoutReligion.org, offers resources for all those seeking meaning in a world without the supernatural and includes a moving video illustrating the fact that millions of Americans experience all the richness of life without belief in deities or adherence to a faith tradition.
Austin Cline, author of the About.com Agnosticism and Atheism website, wrote, “Since the belief that gods and religion are necessary for happiness is a common misperception, this is an important message to get out.”
Our heartfelt thanks to all those who voted, with our sincere congratulations to the other worthy nominees. Campaigns such as Living without Religion and February’s We Are African Americans for Humanism are opening eyes and sparking curiosity all across the country, introducing more and more people to science, reason, and secular values. Our community is all the stronger for it.
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The Center for Inquiry, a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.