Billboards draw criticism from Detroit religious community
A series of controversial billboards recently displayed throughout Metro Detroit is drawing curious stares and criticism from the local faith community. The seven billboards read "Imagine No Religion" and "Praise Darwin: Evolve Beyond Belief" with a stained-glass window motif. They are sponsored by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, a nonprofit group that touts itself as the largest free thought association in the nation. The billboards, at various Detroit locations, are part of a monthlong campaign aimed at provoking debate about the role religion plays in daily life and public policy, said Annie Laurie Gaylord, co-president of the foundation. But many in the local religious community consider the billboards offensive.