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Pro-atheist billboards drawing attention, creating controversy
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Billboards that have popped up this week in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids are attracting attention for promoting atheism.
They read, "Millions of Americans are living happily without religion," and they also direct people to a website.
One of the billboards is along I-94 in Kalamazoo, and there is also one on US-131 in Grand Rapids.
The signs have generated some controversy and heated exchanges in online forums, but the group behind the signs, CFI-Michigan, says it isn't trying to recruit but to encourage existing atheists.
"They're not alone, there are in fact a lot of us around here and a lot of us from communities and we'd be more than happy to have more people joining us," explained Duwayne Brayton, from CFI-Michigan.
Pastor Strick Strickland, with the Second Baptist Church in Kalamazoo says he can understand it.
"Our core system of values, it's important to us so quite naturally when you're dealing with an issue that's that deep in our core, you're going to get some people that are quiet passionate about it, Pastor Strickland said.
He says he personally feels the signs are leading people down the wrong path, but he would encourage both sides to be tolerant.
The billboards are also in three other cities across the country and are scheduled to be up through the end of the month.