New Secularist Billboard Unveiled in Wenatchee

May 05, 2011

A new red white and blue billboard on North Wenatchee Avenue in

Wenatchee declares that God and government are a “dangerous mix”. The billboard was paid for by

Madison, WI based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), with the help of a group of North Central Washington

secularists. Its unveiling was timed to coincide with Thursday’s National Day of



The billboard reads, “God & Government – A Dangerous Mix: Keep

State and Church Separate.” FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said the billboard is intended to

represent the secular views of people who live in Wenatchee, and to underscore what she sees as the pitfalls of a

National Day of Prayer.


“We want to put in a plug for our secular form of

government and reassert that our government is godless, our constitution is godless, and when you have religion

and government united nothing except problems result,” Gaylor said.


Rev. Bob

Shepard of Serve Wenatchee Valley will lead a National Day of Prayer service in Wenatchee’s Memorial Park

Thursday afternoon as part of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. He objected to the secularist



“Our nation is based on the principal of freedom of religion, not

freedom from religion,” said Shepard.


The FFRF billboard will stay up for at least

a month. Gaylor would not disclose the campaign’s total cost. 

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