‘Don’t believe in God?’ bus billboard raises questions
MISSOULA, Mont. — A billboard on a Mountain Line bus in Missoula has been an attention grabber with people wondering, what’s that about?
It’s sponsored by a group that has a surprising message as we head into the holiday season.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but what if you don’t have family, friends — or aren’t a religious person?
“I think a lot of people can end up feeling really lonely during this time of the year,” said Traci Brown, the president for the Missoula Area Secular Society.
She wants those who are non-believers — or are not members of a religion — to know that her group welcomes them.
This year, for the first time, the group took out an ad on a Mountain Line bus to spread their message. It will run from mid-November to the end of December.
And it just says, ‘Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone,’ and then has a link to our website,” Brown explained.
She says the goal wasn’t to convert people but to build up a community. “Ever since the first year we started, we also do a snow shoeing event on Christmas Day,” she said.
Some of the group’s other activities include volunteering in the community inviting speakers to discuss science-based topics as well as holding actual discussions around non-theism.
“We don’t go around trying to convert people, we just want to let the community to know that we’re here so if people want to join us they can,” said Brown.
Back in 2008 there were just four members, and now about 50 members regularly attend meetings — although Brown says more than 500 people follow and interact on the group’s Facebook page.
Membership for the group costs $30 dollars a year.