Posted by doctore0 on October 18, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Their billboards have been denied, and now they’re speaking out; the organization American Atheists said they’re frustrated that their billboard ads have been denied in Utah, and they said it’s because of the large Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presence in the state.
American Atheists wanted to place their ads on billboards throughout Utah to promote their 2014 convention in Salt Lake City. The proposed billboards show students, families, an elderly couple and a woman with text that alludes to the fact that not everyone in Utah is religious and that they could be atheists.
Dan Ellis is the President of Atheists of Utah, which is the local affiliate for American Atheists. He said there is a reason the conference is being held in Utah.
“They’ve chosen Utah because the LDS Church has so much power here, and they’ve never been afraid of going into the belly of the beast and standing up for what is right and standing up for human rights,” he said.
Ellis tells FOX 13 News that companies like YESCO and Reagan Outdoor have refused to do business with them because, he claims, they’re scared of the LDS Church.
“That’s really sad that in Utah even just saying that you’re an atheist could be deemed offensive by somebody,” he said.
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