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Sunday, 23 November 2008

Billboard Censorship



The City of Rancho Cucamonga pressured General Outdoor Advertising to remove the above billboard after complaints from "concerned" assholes. Stuart Bechman from Atheists United in Los Angeles is calling for an apology from the City of Rancho Cucamonga for violating the constitutional rights of General Outdoor Advertising and its customers.

"This is a serious overstep by the city over the boundaries of the First Amendment," stated Stuart Bechman, President, Atheists United. "It's hard to imagine a more innocuous statement of non-belief. But even this was too much for political leaders who are clearly in the pockets of some religious leaders to suppress any expression of views that diverge from the orthodox line."

"City leaders have demonstrated their clear bias towards protecting and providing special privileges to their favored religious beliefs, in clear violation of the California and United States Constitutions. I would like to think that few Christians are so insecure in their faith as to support this action."

Atheists United and other civil-rights organizations expect an apology to all freethinkers from the city and an admission of error on their part; and if they refuse, for the California Attorney General's office to open an investigation on the illegal actions taken by the city.
Hemant Mehta is also posting about this story. According to some of the comments, FRFF and Atheists United may be suing the City of Rancho Cucamonga. I hope they do. The city needs a severe spanking.

It is time that we educate them. They’ll keep doing it as long as we let them get away with it.

I don’t think that AU and FFRF should ask for an apology, they should sue immediately and not settle. At the very least, the Rancho Cucamonga City Administrators should pay for restoring the sign, pay for the days that it was down, pay for the AU and FFRF’s legal fees and then issue an apology.

I agree Hemant. It's time we stop taking shit from these assholes.

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