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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – A secularist group is observing the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin with billboards that urge people to “Evolve Beyond Belief.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation placed “Praise Darwin” billboards in Grand Junction; Dayton, Tennessee; Dover, Pennsylvania; and Whitehall, Ohio. They feature stained-glass designs and a picture of the evolutionary theorist born on Feb. 12, 1809.
The Tennessee and Pennsylvania towns had landmark court cases about the teaching of evolution. Many in the religious right believe in “intelligent design” – a literal interpretation of the Bible that questions Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The Wisconsin-based foundation is made up of agnostics and atheists opposed to government displays of religion.
Associated Press – February 9, 2009
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