God­less bill­board

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Ku­dos to the Austin Coali­tion of Rea­son for its re­cent bill­board that de­clares “Don’t be­lieve in God? Join the club.”

With stud­ies putting us non-theists at 18.5 per­cent of the world pop­u­la­tion, it’s nice to see some vis­i­ble sup­port in our own back­yard.

While our per­cent­ages prob­a­bly aren’t that high through­out Texas, it is be­lieved that here in what has been de­scribed as the “hole in the buckle of the Bi­ble Belt,” our per­cent­ages are at 12-15 per­cent. That equates to more than 200,000 peo­ple in the Austin Metropoli­tan Sta­tis­ti­cal Area who pro­fess no re­li­gious be­lief nor af­fil­i­a­tion.

The Austin CoR bill­board lets us know there are oth­ers who pre­fer rea­son to faith and that its af­fil­i­ated or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Cen­ter for In­quiry and the Athe­ist Com­mu­nity of Austin, of­fer a num­ber of fan­tas­tic out­lets where we can bring our fam­i­lies to meet oth­ers with sim­i­lar be­liefs and have fun.

eRic osteR­hoLM eric@oster­holm.org

Spice­wood

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