June 26, 2016

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Atheist billboard removed from church property in Ohio

COLUMBUS — A billboard supporting atheism has been taken down from property owned by an Ohio church after the pastor complained.

The ad put up in Columbus by the Freedom From Religion Foundation featured the beaming face of a local nonbeliever and the man’s message: “I can be good without God.”

The sign upset Rev. Waymon Malone, of Christ Cathedral Church, which owns the land where the billboard went up. Malone was unavailable for comment, but his mother-in-law told The Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday that the pastor ordered that the ad be removed.

Account executive Jay Schmidt with Matrix Media Services called the billboard’s placement “an unfortunate oversight.” The ad agency said the sign came down days after it was installed last week and has gone back up at another site.