Billboard from atheist group removed second timeWritten by Associated Press | | firstname.lastname@example.org
An organization that placed a billboard in Ohio supporting atheism says it has been taken down for the second time after eliciting a complaint.
The ad in Columbus from the Freedom From Religion Foundation featured the smiling face of a local nonbeliever and the man’s message: “I can be good without God.”
The Foundation says the billboard was removed July 5 by Clear Channel Communications, the company that erected it, after a complaint from a business owner the group did not name. The ad had first been moved after it was taken down in June from property owned by a church when the pastor objected.
The sign had upset Rev. Waymon Malone of Christ Cathedral Church. The church owned the land where the billboard first went up. Malone was unavailable for comment, but his mother-in-law told The Columbus Dispatch that the pastor ordered the ad be removed.
The Foundation says it has been assured that the billboard will again be relocated.
The ad is one of seven the group is sponsoring in Columbus for a month.