North Carolina Secular Association


Atheists & Agnostics of Brevard/Transylvania County

Charlotte Atheists and Agnositcs

Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle

Forsyth Area Critical Thinkers (FACT)

Forsyth County Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Greensboro Atheists Organization

Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear

Triangle Atheist, Agnostic, Freethinker, and Humanist Meetup

Triangle Freethought Society

UNC-G Atheists/Agnostics/Skeptics

Western North Carolina Atheists

Great Quotes

George Washington

We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition ... In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.

- George Washington

John Adams

The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.

- John Adams

Thomas Jefferson

Believing that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.

- Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

Who does not see that the same authority, which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects?

- James Madison

Benjamin Franklin

When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.

- Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Paine

Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.

- Thomas Paine

Official & Social Discrimination

Cecil Bothwell, a duly elected councilperson in Asheville, N.C, had his right to hold office challenged because of the N.C. Constitution's religious restriction against anyone that doesn't believe in a monotheistic God.

Eight states (AR, MA, MD, NC, PA, SC, TN, and TX) have exclusionary language included in their Bill of Rights, Declaration of Rights, official oath of office, or in the body of their constitutions.

The Boy Scouts of America does not allow atheists as members. While they have that right as a private organization, the BSA has been a number of court cases over the last couple of decades regarding governmental sponsorship of scouting units in violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

In 1999, the Gallup Organization concluded that being an Atheist was "the most discriminated-against characteristic of the eight tested in the research." Only 49% of American adults would vote for an otherwise qualified presidential candidate if he was an Atheist compared to 59% who would vote for a homosexual candidate and over 90% who would vote for black or female candidates.

In 2006, Rasmussen Reports stated in that 60% of voters said they would never consider voting for an Atheist presidential candidate.

A 2006 study found that 48% of respondents said that they would not want their child to marry an atheist and 40% said atheists as a group did "not at all agree with my vision of American society." Disapproval percentages of atheists outnumbered those for Muslims, African-Americans and homosexuals.

In 2007, the Gallup Organization conducted a poll. The poll asked Americans "whether they would vote for "a generally well-qualified" presidential candidate nominated by their party with each of the following characteristics: Jewish, Catholic, Mormon, an atheist, a woman, black, Hispanic, homosexual, 72 years of age, and someone married for the third time." Only 45% responded they would vote for an Atheist. Atheism was the only category for whom the majority of Americans would not vote.

Fast Facts

According to a 2008 ARIS survey, "Based on their stated beliefs rather than their religious identification in 2008, 70% of Americans believe in a personal God, roughly 12% of Americans are atheist (no God) or agnostic (unknowable or unsure), and another 12% are deistic (a higher power but no personal God).

According to a 2009 PEW Survey, "the study's statistics on religion show that more than six-in-ten Americans age 70 and older (62%) are Protestant but that this number is only about four-in-ten (43%) among Americans ages 18-29. Conversely, young adults ages 18-29 are much more likely than those age 70 and older to say that they are not affiliated with any particular religion (25% vs. 8%). If these generational patterns persist, recent declines in the number of Protestants and growth in the size of the unaffiliated population may continue."

A 2005 study of religiosity, secularism and societal health in different countries found that more secular societies functioned better in comparison with more religious societies, with lower teen pregnancy rates, lower abortion rates, lower STD infection rates, lower juvenile and early adult mortality rates, and lower homicide rates.

In 2009, a study of religiosity and teen birth rate in the United States found that teenage birth rates are higher in more religious states, even after controlling for differences in income and rates of abortion.

Studies have found that the highest divorce rates are to be found in the Bible Belt, that rates among conservative Christians are the highest, and "The 10 Southern states with some of the highest divorce rates were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas."

According to Wikipedia "Secularism draws its intellectual roots from Greek and Roman philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius and Epicurus, medieval Muslim polymaths such as Ibn Rushd, Enlightenment thinkers like Denis Diderot, Voltaire, John Locke, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine, and modern freethinkers, agnostics and atheists such as Bertrand Russell and Robert Ingersoll."

Notable Quotes

"I questioned the faithful of all communions; I particularly sought the society of clergymen, who are the depositories of the various creeds and have a personal interest in their survival ... all thought the main reason for the quiet sway of religion over their country was the complete separation of church and state. I have no hesitation in stating that throughout my stay in America I met nobody, lay or cleric, who did not agree about that."

- Alexis de Tocqueville, writing of his travels in America in 1830

"If any provision of the Constitution can be said to be more precious than the others, it is the provision of the First Amendment; which undertakes to separate church and state by keeping government's hands out of religion and by denying to any and all religious denominations any advantage from getting control of public policy or the public purse. This is so because the history of nations makes this truth manifest: When religion controls government, political freedom dies; and when government controls religion, religious freedom perishes."

- Sam J. Ervin, Jr., U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1954-1974 and was chair of the Senate Watergate Committee

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."

- Clarence S. Darrow

"The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach."

- Justice Hugo Black, U. S. Supreme Court, Everson v. Board of Education, 1947

Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives.

- Barry Goldwater

The separation of church and state is extremely important to any of us who holds to the original traditions of our nation. To change these traditions by changing our traditional attitude toward public education would be harmful to our whole attitude of tolerance in the religious area. If we look at situations which have arisen in the past in Europe and other world areas, I think we will see the reasons why it is wise to hold to our early traditions.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Protecting religious freedoms may be more important in the late twentieth century than it was when the Bill of Rights was ratified. We live in a pluralistic society, with people of widely divergent religious backgrounds or with none at all. Government cannot endorse beliefs of one group without sending a clear message to non-adherents that they are outsiders.

- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

The government must pursue a course of complete neutrality toward religion.

- John Paul Stevens, majority opinion, U. S. Supreme Court, Wallace v. Jaffree

First, this Court has decisively settled that the First Amendment's mandate that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" has been made wholly applicable to the States by the Fourteenth Amendment.... Second, this Court has rejected unequivocally the contention that the Establishment Clause forbids only governmental preference of one religion over another.

- Justice Tom C. Clark, majority opinion, U. S. Supreme Court, School District of Abington Township v. Schempp

As I say, not all of Jefferson's ideas were popular, though most of them were absolutely right.... He was also called an atheist because he didn't believe in a state church, an official church of the government, and in fact made it clear that he didn't much like any church at all, though he did admire many, though not all, of the teachings of religion.... And you'll recall that it was Jefferson, as governor of Virginia, who wrote the Statute of Religious Liberty in 1786, which said that "no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship" but that all people "shall be free to profess ... their opinion in matters of religion." He summed up very bluntly one time his view that no man harmed anyone else in choosing and practicing his own religion, or no religion. "It does me no injury," he said, "for my neighbor to say that there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

- Harry S. Truman

We know that religious beliefs cannot define patriotism.

- Walter Cronkite

We find that the basic Constitutional principle of absolute separation was violated when the State of Illinois, speaking through its Supreme Court, sustained the school authorities of Champaign in sponsoring and effectively furthering religious beliefs by its educational arrangement. Separation means separation, not something less. Jefferson's metaphor in describing the relation between church and state speaks of a "wall of separation," not of a fine line easily overstepped. The public school is at once the symbol of our democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting our common destiny. In no activity of the state is it more vital to keep out divisive forces than in its schools, to avoid confusing, not to say fusing, what the Constitution sought to keep strictly apart. "The great American principle of eternal separation"--Elihu Root's phrase bears repetition--is one of the vital reliances of our Constitutional system for assuring unities among our people stronger than our diversities. It is the Court's duty to enforce this principle in its full integrity. We renew our conviction that "we have staked the very existence of our country on the faith that complete separation between the state and religion is best for the state and best for religion."

- Justice Felix Frankfurter, U. S. Supreme Court, in McCollum v. Board of Education

Media Coverage & Reaction

Click on any of the 4 headlines below to go directly to that section of coverage.

"One Nation Indivisible" Billboard Campaign Launches!

UPDATE #1: Charlotte Billboard Vandalized

UPDATE #2: Vandalized Billboard Restored!

UPDATE #3: Continuing Coverage

'One Nation Indivisible' Billboard
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"One Nation Indivisible" Billboard Campaign Launches!

'One Nation Indivisible' Billboard
The billboard in Charlotte goes up.
Click HERE for a hi res image.

AP has done two stories on the launch now and McClatchy Newspapers has picked it up as has UPI, so it is appearing in news outlets all across the country. It's on CNN, MSNBC, on the local news channels in the cities where the billboards are located, it was on the front page of the Charlotte Observer, the front page of the Greensboro News and Record, in the Raleigh News and Observer, the Winston-Salem Journal, the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Wilmington Star News, and other newspapers across the country, CBN covered it, a couple of news videos have made it to YouTube, the Richard Dawkins Foundation site posted one of the videos, we are getting emails from all across the country and even outside the country from Canada and the UK.....

Here are just some of the dozens of news links out there about this. More to come as we have time. NOTE: The link at the bottom is to some news we just heard about on Wednesday night (evidently a group in FL put up almost the same billboard at the same time in 5 locations in one city there). What are the odds of that?

Local news video coverage in Raleigh (includes an interview with our media rep Randall)

Local news video coverage in Asheville (includes an interview with our media rep Jennifer)

Local news video coverage in Winston-Salem

Local FOX News video coverage in Charlotte (includes an interview with our media rep Will)

Local news video, Charlotte

Local media coverage video, Raleigh (with a statement by our media rep Mike from Wilmington)

Local news coverage video, Wilmington (with a statement by our media rep Mike)

Atheist billboard worries business owners (Same video as above on the national ABC News site)

Billboard campaign rebuts 'one nation under God' (CNN)

'Under God' missing from billboard on Billy Graham Parkway (MSNBC)

Atheist ad goes up on Billy Graham Parkway (UPI story)

NC atheists put billboard on Billy Graham Parkway (AP story from the Charlotte Observer story below)

NC atheists put billboard on Billy Graham Parkway (Charlotte Observer front page story)

N.C. billboards say: Non-believers are Americans, too (Raleigh News and Observer story, front page Local section)

Atheist-agnostic coalition promotes its patriotism (Winston-Salem Journal story)

Atheist billboards in Asheville, elsewhere get support and slammed (Asheville Citizen-Times story)

Drive-time -- One nation Indivisible "Godless" billboard is up (Wilmington Star News Online story)

Group defends 'Godless' billboard campaign (Greensboro News and Record front page story)

"Godless Billboard" pops up on the coast of NC (Local news coverage, Wilmington)

"God" Left Off Billboard On Billy Graham Parkway (Local news coverage, Charlotte)

North Carolina Secular Association billboards' message: We're American, too

N.C. Atheists Declare 'One Nation Indivisible' Without God (Christian Post article)

Atheists put billboard on Billy Graham Parkway (AP)

Your answers -- What's more important -- 'under God' or 'indivisible?'

A Strategically Placed Atheist Billboard (Friendly Atheist)

'Godless' Billboards Appear in North Carolina (Posting of one of the Charlotte news videos on the Richard Dawkins Foundation site)

Pro-God marquees balance Godless billboard campaign

NC Atheist Groups Object God in Pledge (CBN coverage which came from Wilmington coverage)

Atheist billboards stir debate in Lakeland (Another "One Nation Indivisible" billboard in FL)

Vandals Strike Godless Billy Graham Pkwy Billboard

UPDATE #1: June 28, 2010 - Over this past weekend, one or more vandals defaced with spray paint part of the "One Nation Indivisible" billboard on the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte. The words "under God" were added below "One Nation Indivisible" with an arrow indicating their placement between "One Nation" and "Indivisible." The AP, Washington Times, Charlotte Observer, and several other newspapers have covered the story, as have several local television stations, and the story was featured on the Yahoo! home page, so now we are getting emails from even outside the country. See our earlier press release HERE.

Below are the most relevant news links...

Atheist billboard defaced on N.C.'s Billy Graham Parkway (Yahoo! coverage)

Defacing the Pledge of Allegiance (again?) (The Washington Post "On Faith")

Controversial sign vandalized (Local news coverage video with our media rep Will)

'Godless' billboard in Charlotte defaced with 'Under God' (Local news coverage video with our media rep Will)

'Under God' spray painted onto secular Pledge billboard (Local news coverage video with our media rep Will)

Vandals Add God To God-less Billboard (Local news coverage video)

Secularist billboard defaced (CNN)

Pledge without God sign defaced in N.C. (Washington Times story)

Controversial 'atheist' billboard is defaced (Charlotte Observer story)

'Godless' billboard in Charlotte defaced with 'under God' (Local news coverage, Charlotte)

Billboard erected by atheists is vandalized (AP)

Atheist Group's Sign On Billy Graham Parkway Vandalized (Local news coverage, Charlotte)

Spray Painters Add "Under God" to Atheist Sign (Local news coverage, Charlotte)

Billboard Erected By NC Atheists Vandalized (Local news coverage, Charlotte)

Atheist Group's Sign On Billy Graham Parkway Vandalized (WFAE Radio from Charlotte, click on "Listen")

Godless Billy Graham Pkwy billboard vandalized (Examiner story)

'Under God' Spray-Painted On Secularist Billboard (Local news coverage, Charlotte)

Religious vandalism, continued controversy over pledge of allegiance (Local news coverage, Raleigh)

'Godless' billboard in Charlotte defaced with 'Under God' (Local news coverage, Wilmington)

Billboard erected by NC atheists is vandalized

Billboard erected by NC atheists is vandalized

Billboard Boorishness: Vandals Attack Secular Patriotic Message In North Carolina (Official blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

Billboard by NC atheists is vandalized

North Carolina's 'Atheist' Billboard: Vandalism & Reactions

Mike Huckabee on the Vandalized Atheist Billboard (Friendly Atheist)

Atheist Billboard in North Carolina Vandalized Within a Week (Friendly Atheist)

Atheist Ads Vandalized (Institute for Creation Research coverage)

Institute For Creation Research Explains Atheist Billboard Vandalism (Friendly Atheist response to the coverage above)

My kind of vandals (WorldNetDaily commentary on the vandalism)

WorldNetDaily Supports Atheist Billboard Vandalism (Friendly Atheist response to the WorldNetDaily commentary)

WND Columnist Cheers Vandalism

Columnist at Conservative Website Defends Vandalism of Atheist Billboard (American Atheist Press Release)

An honest peek into the brain of a Christian conservative (Pharyngula)

Atheistic Billboards Across N.C. Tout a Dangerous Message

One Nation, UNDER GOD! (Christian Journey News)

U.S. atheists fights monotheism with 'patriotic message' (Christian Today, Australia)

Atheist Billboard Campaign Upsets N.C. Residents (CBN coverage)

'One Nation Indivisible' Billboard Vandalized
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Defaced Billboard Restored!

'One Nation Indivisible' Billboard restored
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UPDATE #2: July 1, 2010 - The Charlotte billboard that was defaced by one or more vandals last weekend was replaced this morning. Within about an hour, the Charlotte Observer had posted the story online.

Defaced 'atheist' billboard is repaired (Charlotte Observer story)

Out with the old, in with the new...
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Vandalized Billboard comes down

'One Nation Indivisible' Billboard

'One Nation Indivisible' Billboard

'One Nation Indivisible' Billboard

'One Nation Indivisible' Billboard

For more pictures of this billboard and others in the campaign, please click HERE.

Happy 4th of July!

Photoshopped Image of the billboard at night with Fireworks
Photoshopped Image of the billboard at night with Fireworks.
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Continuing Coverage

Creative Loafing cover
Cover of the June 30 - July 6 Creative Loafing magazine.

UPDATE #3: The reaction to the billboards continues with a featured story in Creative Loafing (a free entertainment magazine in Charlotte), discussions on radio shows, commentaries and op eds. Also, The Rev. Ralph Sexton, pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, and the We Still Pray movement has begun putting up billboards which read; "One Nation Under God," which has resulted in more coverage and interviews. We are gratified that we have been able to start this important conversation in North Carolina. Now let us hope the debate of the billboards develops into true dialogue among our citizens as we explore together this critical church-state issue.

Nonreligious activists launch a new secular movement in N.C. (Charlotte's Creative Loafing magazine)

Can You Have Patriotism Without God? Actual interview is HERE, but you must scoll down for the podcast.("Truth Talk Live" syndicated radio show interviewing Jim Moury our Winston-Salem media rep.)

Separation of Church and State (WFAE Charlotte public radio discussion inspired by the billboard, click on "Listen Now")

Let's not let Pledge divide 'one nation' (Durham News Op Ed inspired by the billboard)

Dueling billboards in Asheville debate religion's role in government (Asheville Citizen Times story about "One Nation Under God billboards being placed)

Battling Pledge of Allegiance billboards in NC (AP)

More 'Under God' billboards going up in Asheville, other NC cities (More coverage of the "Under God" billboards from the Asheville Citizen Times, includes our media rep Jennifer's response)

Godless Billboard Will Soon Have Some "Under God" Competition (Charlotte Fox News video)

Controversial billboards to be seen in the east (More news video coverage of the "Under God" billboards which includes a response from our media rep Jennifer)

Atheist Billboard Vintages (Friendly Atheist comments on the video above)

Turn the other cheek (Post about a Greensboro News & Record story not online, includes a quote from our media rep Phillip)

Church Group Responds To Billboards Removing "God" From Pledge (Local Greensboro video news coverage including a phone interview with our media rep Phillip)

ABC interviewing people in Asheville about 'under God' billboard controversy (Asheville coverage)

National spotlight to hit Asheville as billboard debate rages on (Asheville coverage includes part of an interview with our media rep Jennifer)

War on Religion (Nightline segment about Edwin Kagin containing a very small, out of place, spot on the billboard in Charlotte and the vandalism)

One nation includes all (Letter to the editor by our Raleigh media rep Randall)

Billboard Battle in Bible Belt: One Nation 'Under God' or Not? (ABC World News Tonight coverage)

God vs. Atheism in Battle of the Billboards (Direct link to the video above)

ABC News Airs Segment About North Carolina Atheist Billboard (Friendly Atheist comments on the video above)

An atheism debate writ large, on billboards (LA Times article)

Religious battle fought on billboards (USA Today coverage of the LA Times article, scroll down toward the bottom to see)

Local atheists say they 'want a seat at the table' (Charlotte Observer article)

North Carolina Atheists Get Positive Press (Friendly Atheist post on the Charlotte Observer article above)

Atheists bring out fearful side of faith (Front page B section of the Charlotte Observer opinion piece on the earlier Charlotte Observer article)

Cartoon Commentary...


"One Nation Indivisible" Ad Campaign Sponsor

Relevant Quotes

" religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

- U.S. Constitution:
Article VI

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

- U.S. Constitution:
First Amendment

"...the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..."

- Treaty of Tripoli:
Article 11

US Flag

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

- Pledge as originally written by Francis Bellamy in 1892

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

- Pledge as it was from 1924 - 1954

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

- Pledge since 1954

Great Seal

"E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One)"

-The Motto our
Founders gave us

U.S. Flags

Grand Union Flag
Grand Union Flag (Continental Colors)

13-star 'Betsy Ross' flag
13-star "Betsy Ross" flag

Bennington Flag
Bennington Flag

Star Spangled Banner Flag
Star Spangled Banner Flag

Great Star Flag
Great Star Flag

33-Star Fort Sumter Flag
33-Star Fort Sumter Flag

48-Star Flag
48-Star Flag

U.S. Flag
Current U.S. Flag

Presidential Quotes

"If there is one thing for which we stand in this country, it is for complete religious freedom, and it is an emphatic negation of this right to cross-examine a man on his religion before being willing to support him for public office."

- Theodore Roosevelt

"We cannot permit any inquisition either from within or from without the law or apply any religious test to the holding of office. The mind of America must be forever free."

- Calvin Coolidge

"I believe in an America where the separation of Church and State is absolute--where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be a Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote--where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference--and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him."

- John F. Kennedy

"I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and state which is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By my office--and by my personal conviction--I am sworn to uphold that tradition."

- Lyndon B. Johnson

"Keep the church and state forever separated."

- Ulysses S. Grant

"The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute."

- James A. Garfield

"I believe in the separation of church and state and would not use my authority to violate this principle in any way."

- Jimmy Carter

"Thank God, under our constitution there was no connection between Church and State..."

- James K. Polk

We all agree that neither the Government nor political parties ought to interfere with religious sects. It is equally true that religious sects ought not to interfere with the Government or with political parties. We believe that the cause of good government and the cause of religion suffer by all such interference.

- Rutherford B. Hayes

"The United States has adventured upon a great and noble experiment... of total separation of Church and State."

- John Tyler

Early Responses

I love your billboard campaign. It's excellent.
- M.V. in Tulsa, OK

I just wanted to send you some words of encouragement. I feel the same way and it's about time somebody stood up for the separation of church and state. I'm pretty damn patriotic and I just so happen to be athiest! Keep up the good work!
- V.S. in Los Angeles, CA

I just wanted to say that I love everything you guys stand for. I would love to be able to volunteer my time and do anything to help. I would love to get your word out there. If there is anything I can do I would love to get involved!
- S.G. in Keene, NH

Way to go on the "One Nation Indivisible" billboard campaign!!! I'm proud of you guys (and gals)! What a wonderful and timely which I support wholeheartedly. Thanks for all you're doing.
- C.K.. in Raleigh, NC

Thank you for your efforts.... I think the billboard campaign is a wonderful idea, that is being done in a very non-confrontational, and thoughtful manner. Keep up the good work!
- G.N. in Pittsboro, NC

I would like to applaud and express the utmost respect for the cause which you have started. Being an atheist in North Carolina has not always been easy for me, but I have continued to endure and express my opinions where appropriate. I would like to say that your association is doing nothing but good for this country and this state.
- J.A. in Creston, NC

I am a born again Christian.... I am writing to express my support for your billboards. I think, "One Nation, Indivisible" is just as good an idea now as it was when the pledge was originally written. God Bless you.
- M.L. in Mayodan, NC

I TOTALLY support what you are doing.... Keep up the good work!!
- D.L. in Tucson, AZ

I'll come right out and say it: BRAVO.
- G. G. in MA

Love the billboard and the goal.
- C.L in GA

Please know that there are more people out here that believe in what you are doing and feel the same as you. Thank You.
- T.L. in Rochester, NY

Keep up the good work.
- T.G. in Dothan, AL

You have a supporter in Colorado.
- J. in CO

Hey, i love what you are doing and what you stand for.
- D.B. in KS

Keep it up.
- T.L. in Seattle, WA

Great billboards! keep up the good discussion.
- P.J. in Pittsburgh, PA

Please keep up the good work and go National!!!!
- A.S. in KS

Good luck in all your efforts.
- A.F. in Hoeringen, Germany

I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your website.
- T.D. in San Diego, CA

- T.S. in Raleigh, NC

I am so grateful for this statement and for all of the publicity it has gotten in Charlotte. I have wanted that phrase removed from the pledge all of my adult life....
- P.S. in Charlotte, NC

I just read of your billboard being defaced and wanted to send my appreciation to you and your organization.
- B.S. in Desert Hot Springs, CA

I just wanted to say thank you for the billboard! It's about time!
- J. W. in NC

My friend from Virginia was commenting on FaceBook in support of the campaign. He is a Buddhist and he was in agreement with a Christian that also supports the secular position. Have a Great Day.
- D.P. in MA

I wanted to write to say how wonderful I thought your sign was.
- R.Y.

As a Christian myself I see nothing wrong with your sign and for the media to keep referring to it as an atheist billboard is wrong. It is a secular billboard with a secular message not an "atheist message". The teaching of using religion for hate and justification for war is wrong and that is what our pledge does...if you do not support America you are unChristian is the message that it spreads. Thank you for what your group does. Blessings on your journey and your fight.
- M.K.

Keep up the good work though, don't let em get ya down.
- R.H.

I appreciate your group bringing to my attention (yahoo news piece) that the original pledge was altered; I did not know that. I am a believer of one God, but I do not appreciate religious groups trying to impose religion in our government, blurring the line separating church from state.
- J.B.

As a native North Carolinian from Winston-Salem currently living in Boston, I am glad to hear the NCSA standing up for what's right. Every day I hear and read about another separation of church and state injustice and cringe at the thought of our country turning back to the dark ages. Thank you for your tireless work and your courage. My family and I fully support you and your efforts.
- W.S. in Boston, MA

I believe that the pledge should be changed back to it's original wording if not for discrimination purposes but to also commemorate the past as a historical marker.
- K.C.

In short, Thank you. I am also sorry that people found it necessary to commit a crime and deface your sign and to hijack it for their cause. I have long thought that the pledge of allegiance should be returned to its original form. I recognized as a child that it was in contention with the separation or church and state. I pledge to your nation is one thing but not if it conflicts with your personal beliefs. It may also surprise your that I do have a belief in God and consider myself a christian. I looked at your website and it doesn't offend me in fact it shares a lot of my beliefs, well except my belief in an invisible friend. Your group looks to promote humanity, good works and intelligence all things I can respect. I hope that you can continue to educate people that separation of church and state is a challenge to their belief but a strength to our nation.
- M.D.

You guys are awesome!!!
- J.B.

I wanted to write and say, "Good Luck," on your campaign to redress your unconstitutional state constitution.
- J.F.

You have my support and I wish the best for your group...and for humanity as a whole to take a big step forward in our evolution.
- B.C.

You have done an incredible job with this.
- D.J.

First let me say thank you for your group's efforts to shine a light on the discrimination that we agnostics/atheists/non-theists/secular humanists face. I read about your efforts in Creative Loafing and was moved. It felt as though my family and I weren't alone and that there was actually someone out there speaking for us - loud and proud! Thank you again for giving our side a voice and reminding us that we aren't alone.
- R.C. in Charlotte, NC

I have two words for the "One Nation Indivisible" signs you have posted. "THANK YOU"
- J.B. in Salt Lake City, UT

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate what you guys are doing up in NC. Keep up the good work.
- C.W.

Well Done! It is about time someone spoke for me and my beliefs!!! Don't apologize and don't back down!
- Y.S.

I saw an article on our local TV station re: your billboard and wish to say that your bravery in placing this board is wonderful. We have a new female Prime Minister here in Australia and she also states openly that while she respects other's beliefs, they are not Her beliefs and She does not believe in a god either. If only the United States would have politicians with the same courage as our PM !!! Good luck and keep up the wonderful work you are doing.
- W.R. in Victoria Australia

I fully support the mission of your organization and would like to thank the NC Secular Association for their advocacy.
- R.G. in Surprise, AZ

Many congratulations on your "One Nation Indivisible" campaign, it is so refreshing to see how much progress you are all making across the pond...
- M.D. in the UK

Keep up the good work!
- K.W. in Murfreesboro, TN

Sorry to see that you folks in the US still have to deal with this widespread problem of religion/state issues... Keep up the great work and never let ignorance prevail!
- F.F. in Canada

i'd love to applaud who ever came up with this ad campaign. it doesn't point fingers, it's getting attention, there's sound common sense behind it, and best of all it's just a statement; an expression of an idea. i would love nothing more than to actually separate religion from our government and politicians, but for today i'm encouraged with free speech and smiling over a clever billboard i heard about in the news.
- E.E. in NC

I am glad you guys are putting up these billboards.
- P.N. in Asheville, NC

I think what was done to your ad was deplorable. How do I join your organization?
- R.K. in Fayetteville, NC

I'm asian and currently living in philippine but my origin is indonesia (native indonesian). I just checked on yahoo! news and found a sad news about another vandalism against atheist group which ironically occured in "free world", USA.... it kinda shock me when i opened the homepage and found this news, because i always think USA is one of the most diverse and democratic republic which assure and re-affirm freedom of speech and on the top of all : freedom of religion. That's exactly what makes me so interested in america's politic, law and all, even though i'm not american : The freedom, in which not all people in this world can feel it or even have it. But, what happening now is really a "big surprise"..,, this news just have simply 'amazed' me. i would like to show my support to the existence of non-theist people and particularly biggest sympathy to your group and regret to act of vandalism against them. Hopefully, people like you all would always be exist and live among society. Keep up the struggle! I believe someday we all will reach a triumph. Best Regard from Indonesia to USA
- D. in the Philippines