Atheists put billboard on Billy Graham Parkway

Associated Press - 6/27/2010 4:25:00 AMweb source:

CHARLOTTE, NC - A statewide coalition of atheists and agnostics has placed billboards in six North Carolina cities, including one along the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte.

That sign, according to The Charlotte Observer, pictures an American flag and the words "One Nation Indivisible" -- omitting the words "Under God," which were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.

William Warren of Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics says placing the billboard along the parkway is not a criticism of the evangelist. He says the Billy Graham Parkway was simply the most visible location the North Carolina Secular Association could afford in Charlotte.

The billboards are a July Fourth project to show that atheists and agnostics can be patriotic.

The Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association would not comment.