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Atheist Billboard Removed in CA

12-09-2014

An atheist billboard was taken down in California, Wednesday, after complaints from residents.

The "Imagine No Religion" sign was put up in San Bernardino County by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a group that advocates the separation of church and state.

More than 90 people complained about the billboard, forcing the General Outdoor sign company to remove it.

The city said they did not demand the company take the sign down but that they "respected the concerns of residents."

Annie Laurie Gaylor, the foundation's co-president, felt removing the sign was unnecessary and a bordered censorship.

"The city has no business suggesting our billboard be censored," she said. "They're not allowed to interfere over religious controversy."

Gaylor claims the billboard was only meant to spark debate by using lyrics from a John Lennon song.

The group has several billboards posted across eight states. Other signs read "Reasons Greetings" and "Beware of Dogma."

Source: The Associated Press

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