FFRF debuts ‘Out of the Closet/Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Atheist/Agnostic’ campaign



In you’re visiting downtown Madison, Wis., atheist and agnostics will be whizzing past you . . . in the form of 13 colorful king-sized bus signs bearing the smiling faces of friendly Madison-area nonbelievers with their freethought “testimonies.”

The national Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is unveiling its new “Out of the Closet” campaign in its hometown this month. The campaign will go around the nation, one region at a time, utilizing local freethinkers, their names, faces and personal statements.

“It worked for the gay rights movement. It’s time for atheists and agnostics to come out of our closet,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, who co-direct FFRF. Both are featured in the Madison bus campaign along with other FFRF staffers, college students, professionals and retired FFRF’ers.

“Our theme is: Many faces make enlightenment work. Too many Americans have never knowingly met an atheist or unbeliever. That contributes to our marginalization and is one of the reasons we’re at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to social acceptance,” says Barker.

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