Anti-Romney Billboard Rips Mormon 'Bigotry'

Meanwhile, Ohio takes down voter fraud billboards

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 22, 2012 2:43 AM CDT | Updated Oct 22, 2012 8:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's Mormon faith hasn't been much of an issue this election, but American Atheists is trying to make it one. The group is sending out a mobile billboard reading "No Blacks Allowed (until 1978)" and "No Gays Allowed (Current)" to follow Romney for the next week, reports CNN. The billboard refers to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' refusal to ordain black members until 1978 and to what American Atheists chief David Silverman calls the church's "bigotry" on gay rights issues.

Meanwhile in Ohio, Clear Channel has taken down more than 140 billboards warning that "Voter fraud is a felony—up to 3½ years and a $10,000 fine," after its sponsor refused to identify itself, Reuters reports. The billboards, which were put up primarily in poor neighborhoods, were decried by voter rights groups as an attempt to intimidate minorities. Clear Channel says it's taking them down because it has a policy against anonymous political ads. It calls the sponsor a "private family foundation."

"We do not understand the implications of having a Mormon president," the chief of American Atheists says.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Nobody seems to be talking about the implications of having a very religious Mormon president. There are a lot of things about Mormons that people
don’t know. - David Silverman

This group seems not to know that there have been black members of the Church since our earliest history, and there are many faithful gay members of the Church today. - Dale Jones, spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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