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Complaints cause atheist-funded  billboards in North Carolina to come down

Published August 25, 2012

Here is one for the good guys!

American Atheists and Adams Outdoor Advertising are reportedly removing two  Charlotte billboards blasting Christianity and Mormonism following an outpouring  of complaints and threats.

The Bradenton Herald report that the billboards, which targeted the faiths of  President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, went up  two weeks ago and were intended to be displayed for the duration of the national  conventions.

Amanda Knief, managing director of American Atheists, said a report from Fox  News on Wednesday about the billboards led to a national outpouring of “vitriol,  threats and hate speech against our staff, volunteers and Adams Outdoor  Advertising.”

If Adams Outdoor Advertising had not been involved, American Atheists would  have kept the billboards in place, Knief said.

“It was a mutual decision between us and Adams Advertising for the safety and  interests of both organizations that the billboards come down,” Knief said.

Knief declined to say the severity of the threats made against the New  Jersey-based atheist organization, but said the Cranford police department had  been contacted.

The general manager of Adams Outdoor Advertising’s Charlotte branch, Kevin  Madrzykowski, did not immediately return phone calls Friday.

But the company’s website issued a statement saying that the company “stands  behind our position that the ability to express one’s opinion is a right and a  privilege of our democratic society. However, due to the public response to the  messaging, the American Atheists have agreed to remove the advertising copy in  question in Charlotte.”

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