Posted: Sep 17, 2012 5:25 PM
Another controversial billboard has hit the streets of Lexington, and this one is on the other end of the religious spectrum. Now, some Christians say it needs to come down, while others are claiming freedom of speech.
The billboard at the intersection of New Circle Road and Nicholasville hasn't been up very long, but already it's ruffling a few feathers and turning heads. It says, "Don't believe in God? Join the club." That "club" is the Bluegrass Coalition of Reason.
"We did not want to make anyone mad or be offensive to anyone in any way," said Clay Manley of the organization. "We are not here to change anyone's opinion or tell anybody they are wrong or right or anything else. We are just trying to advertise that we are here."
The billboard comes on the heals of another controversial billboard that was recently taken down that read, in part, that homosexuality is an abomination.
The new billboard is part of the preparation for the Kentucky Free Thought convention in October. Some motorists are not happy the billboard is there. "I disagree with it," said Jenny Downs. "Although I do agree with the right for people to express their opinion, we certainly can disagree with that opinion. I believe in God. So, I disagree with the billboard."
Some others don't mind the billboard. "My immediate thought was we all have the right to believe what we want," said Emily Johnson. "And while some people might be offended by atheism, it wasn't an offensive billboard.
The billboard is not unique to Lexington. They've been put up in Colorado, Idaho, Florida, and now Lexington. You can learn more about the organization by clicking here.