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Group asks a question of faith to let atheists know they're not alone

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Many people may have spent some part of the day going to a church or other place of worship this Sunday.

But there is a group of South Dakotans questioning the idea of faith with a series of billboards across the state.

KSFY News met one member of that group.

The billboard reads"Don't Believe In God? Join the Club."

You may have noticed them while out driving around.

There's seven of them across the state. Three right here in the Sioux Falls area.

And these billboards mark the formal launch of the South Dakota Coalition of Reason.

It's an alliance of seven atheist and agnostic groups within the state.

Faith, its something some of us may have and some of us may not.

And it's that question of faith which is popping up on billboards across South Dakota.

Each billboard asks the question don't believe in God?

And for those who may answer "no," it reassures them they're not alone and asks them to join the club.

And while some may be upset at the sight of the billboards, Amanda Novotny explained they didn't want to offend anyone.

They just want to reach out to other people who might believe the same thing and let them know they're not alone.

"We put up these billboards to reach out to fellow non-believers to let them know there's groups in South Dakota that they can join and meet some like minded people," Novotny said.

"As our culture progresses, I think it's more socially acceptable to come out and say it now, where as 50 years ago, I don't think someone could have put up a billboard like this," Novotny added.

Most of the billboards will stay up until September 15th.

And at a cost of more than $11,000, they don't come cheap.

The signs can be found in areas where they have member groups, such as Sioux Falls, Brookings, and Vermillion.

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