Atheists are a confident bunch these days. Fresh off their shout-out from Barack Obama, the non-believers are following up high-profile pro-atheism bus campaigns in London and Washington, D.C., with an outdoor effort near Charleston, S.C. The ad, with the headline "Don't believe in God? You are not alone," is scheduled to go up this coming Monday. It's from a group called the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, working in tandem with the American Humanist Association. "This billboard is unlike any that has ever appeared in South Carolina," says Herb Silverman, one of the Secular Humanists. "We expect it to generate a mix of reactions from surprise, curiosity, and even uplift." He also surely expects, or at least hopes for, lots of outrage and ensuing publicity. And if his home state's earlier reaction to the "South Carolina is so gay" ads is any indication, he'll get it.
—Posted by Tim Nudd