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
Atheist Billboard Targets Romney's Faith
"We do not understand the implications of having a Mormon president," the chief of American Atheists says.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(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." (Read more Election 2012 stories.)

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