|Sent on:||Thursday, November 12, 2009 7:01 PM|
For Immediate Release
Around 2:00 PM yesterday,
the United Coalition of Reason, which paid $3,875.00 for a one-month run of the
billboard, was contacted by Lamar Advertising of
Lamar only leases the land the billboard stands on.
weren't given the landowner's identity or precise details," reported Fred Edwords, national director of the United Coalition of Reason. "Nor did we pursue them. It was sufficient to learn that multiple, significant threats had been received and that Lamar would act quickly to alleviate the problem."
Edwords added: "Lamar was most apologetic to us regarding the situation. It was a development they hadn't expected. Nor had we.
Nothing like this has ever happened to us before."
The new location on the
Shawn Jeffers, co-coordinator for Cin CoR, the Cincinnati Coalition of Reason, which is the local organization the billboard advertises, sees this controversy as evidence of the billboard's importance.
"Everything that has happened shows just how vital our message is,"
Jeffers said. "It
proves our point, that bigotry against people who don't believe in a god is
still very real in
On its website at
CinCoR.org, the Cincinnati Coalition of Reason describes itself as "a
collection of nontheistic groups in Greater Cincinnati and
"We are now more
committed than ever to the goal of making our presence known," Jeffers
added. "Hopefully this turn of events will cause more and more nontheistic
The United Coalition of
Reason has now funded fourteen campaigns this year. Each has involved a
billboard or public transit ads. They have appeared in places as far flung as
Boston, Massachusetts; Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas
and Fort Worth, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Morgantown, West Virginia; Newark, New
Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York, New York; Phoenix, Arizona, and San
Diego, California. On November 10, three were launched in
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The Cincinnati Coalition of
Reason ( www.CinCoR.org <http://www.cincor.org/> )
is a group of like-minded member organizations from the greater
The United Coalition of Reason ( www.unitedcor.org <http://www.unitedcor.org/> ) exists to raise the visibility and sense of unity among local groups in the community of reason by providing funding and expertise to help them cooperate toward the goal of raising their public profiles.
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For more information contact:
John Welte and Shawn Jeffers
[masked] - John Welte
[masked] - Shawn Jeffers
United Coalition of Reason
Hi-res images of the billboard, free for media use, are available at www.CinCoR.org <http://www.cincor.org/> .