Pilots refuse to fly Independence Day atheist banners
BY JOHN JALSEVAC
Mon Jul 04, 2011 18:01 ESTComments (3)Tags: Atheism, Religion
One of the banners being flown by American Atheists.
July 4, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An atheist organization that sought to celebrate Independence Day by flying banners promoting atheism all across the United States nearly ran into a major snag – most of the pilots working for the advertizing company refused to fly the banners.
USA Today reports that 4 out of 5 pilots working for Fly Signs Aerial Advertising refused to participate in the campaign, which involved banners saying, “God-less America,” and “Atheism is patriotic.”
Only 17 of the company’s 85 pilots agreed to participate.
USA Today quotes one of the pilots, Red Calvert, saying, “I respect our country and I respect our churches and we’ve got enough problems in our country without stirring up some more. If those people want to do something they believe in, fine, just don’t include me.”
The $23,000 campaign is a project of the group American Atheists.
Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, said the pilots’ refusal stems from Americans’ “bigotry.”