Thursday, August 28, 2008

Schools Are No Place For Imagination

We can’t have our children becoming creative. We can’t encourage them to think for themselves. What would they be like as adults? What would they be like as voters?

From 'Imagine No Religion' signs to go up around town by Astrid Galvan:

A national organization that promotes freedom from religion and separation of church and state is hoping to get Phoenix commuters talking with five controversial billboard ads that will go up this week.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., paid advertising company CBS Outdoor to put up five signs that read "Imagine No Religion."

The message on the billboards will start to go up Monday and will remain there for a month, said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Phoenix will be the first city to have as many as five signs.

But getting the billboards up did not come without hurdles.

The five sites chosen by the organization were changed after CBS Outdoor said they had to be 1,000 feet from any schools or churches, Gaylor said.

The site locations were finalized late last week, and CBS Outdoor was not available for comment over the weekend.

The organization, comprised of 12,000 atheist or agnostic members, aims to promote free thought and separation of church and state.

The billboards debuted last year in Madison and have made their way to cities like Columbus, Ohio, and Seattle.

A billboard reading "Keep Religion OUT of Politics" is currently displayed in Denver and will remain there throughout the Democratic National Convention.

So far, Gaylor said, there has been little opposition to the billboards, and she doesn't anticipate any issues in Phoenix.

"The free thought movement has never been stronger in this country," she said.
Read the rest here.

The free thought movement may be getting stronger, but freedom of speech sure seems to be having more and more restrictions placed on it all the time.

Now I need to go and try to figure out what it was about this news item that caught my eye in the first place.

Visit The Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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