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"Rapture" billboards front page news!

Miltown H.
Pittsburg, CA
Post #: 18
This article, featuring the leader of this meetup group, Larry Hicok, was on the front page of today's Tri-Valley Herald and other Bay Area News Group papers:­

SAN FRANCISCO -- A philosophical debate as to mankind's continuing existence versus impending doom has reached new heights: a 68-foot billboard on top of a San Francisco T.J.Maxx.

The sign, alongside eastbound Interstate 80 on the approach to the Bay Bridge, went up Wednesday. It reads: "The Rapture -- You KNOW it's Nonsense. 2,000 Years of 'Any Day Now.' "

"It has pretty good visibility," said Larry Hicok, California director for the American Atheists, which paid $27,000 for five weeks of billboard space. "I think there was a Tropicana orange juice ad there before."

Yes, the atheists are preaching their lack of faith from the rooftops, countering a message on thousands of other billboards put up here and nationwide by an Oakland evangelical group that has declared May 21, 2011, as Judgment Day.

"We just want people to know that life is about living rather than focusing on how glorious things can be after we die," Hicok said by phone Friday from the American Atheists National Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. He said the anti-rapture signs are also up in Houston and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"It's a troublesome thing going on with these (Judgment Day) billboards," he said. "There's been a tremendous amount of money spent on them by not-wealthy people all over the country who have been frightened into believing this is the end of the world. I think getting money from people for something like that is fundamentally wrong."

(See URL for rest of article.)

This is GREAT publicity! Way to go, Larry!
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