Group organizes to be 'good without God'
By MATTHEW HAY BROWN - THE BALTIMORE SUN
Added: Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 UTC
Thanks to CherryTeresa for the link.
Teresa Cherry was out running errands when she saw the question floating over Interstate 95.
"Are you good without God?" the electronic billboard asked. "Millions are."
The Baltimore woman does not believe in the existence of a supreme being. And in that moment, she did not feel so alone.
"My friend and I were just discussing a few days ago whether or not there was a community of others like us in Baltimore," said the 28-year-old Cherry, a student at the Community College of Baltimore County. Checking out the Web site advertised on the billboard, she said, "we found out that there are some local groups, and it's exciting to me."
Which is just what the Baltimore Coalition of Reason wants. The new organization, a collection of atheists, agnostics and others, is introducing itself to the area this week with a billboard campaign aimed at reaching out to nonbelievers while telling the rest of the community that goodness is possible without godliness.
"Sometimes people have negative stereotypes or impressions about people who are atheist or agnostic," local coordinator Emil Volcheck said. "They think that just because they don't believe in God that somehow they're not good people."
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