Posted: Mar 8, 2013 8:44 AM
Updated: Mar 8, 2013 10:36 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A new atheist billboard along I-37 has some people in town upset. The billboard was put yesterday by an atheist organization called The South Texas coalition of Reason. The billboard reads, "dont Believe in God? You're not Alone".
It was a mixed bag of emotions today as people react to the billboard.
Juan Perales works right underneath the sign and we were there as he saw it for the first time.
"I don't think a sign like that should be up," he says.
"I believe all people should believe in a higher supreme lord. Somebody that created us, and that's God," he added.
But his co-worker says it's just another sign.
"I don't even pay attention to it... It doesn't matter," says Bill Parkinson.
Christian Ferris represents The South Texas Coalition of Reason, which is made up of several local atheist groups, and says the sign is not intended to offend people of strong faith.
"It's not even a message that's directed towards them. It's not a challenge of their beliefs," he says.
"Our message is really just aimed at atheists and agnostics to let them know that they aren't alone in this town," he added.
But Ronnie Marriott, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi, says he respects their right to free speech, but...
"I hate to see it when groups use that freedom that we have of speech to kind of put a negative message, especially to spread what I believe to be lies," he says.
The coalition plans to put up another billboard with the same message along North Padre Island Drive.
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