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Local atheist group plans rally

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A local group of atheists want the world to know they're just like everybody else.  That's the message the Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta (BNOA) want to get across with an event at their rally Tuesday evening at the State Capitol.

The group is participating in a global event called the Annual Atheist Solidarity Day. The local group wants to raise awareness in Georgia. Co-Founder of BNOA, Mandisa Thomas said, "The time has come for atheism to be recognized as a legitimate school of thought and that there should be no repercussions whatsoever for not believing in God."

According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 13 percent of Georgia citizens claim no religion.  Four percent of both Georgia and US citizens do not believe in God or a Universal Spirit. BNOA says they encourage unity among nonbelievers of all types.

The group says Tuesday's event will be followed by many more public events. They also plan to lobby the Georgia General Assembly to eliminate religious bias in public policy.


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