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Atheist billboard attacks Mitt Romney’s faith, but Mormons say it's misleading

Published: Monday, Oct. 22 2012 12:02 p.m. MDT

Billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists (American Atheists) Billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists (American Atheists)

Our take: A billboard attacking Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's religion will be circulating around Southern Florida, sponsored by American Atheists. Representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say the billboard's messages are inaccurate.

Washington — When he campaigns in southern Florida on Monday, Mitt Romney will have an unwelcome traveling partner: a mobile billboard attacking his religion.

The billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists, attacks the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its treatment of African-Americans and gays, though the church says the attacks are inaccurate.

The billboard, which American Atheists says will follow the Romney campaign for seven days, features two messages on Mormonism: “No Blacks Allowed (until 1978)” and “No Gays Allowed (Current).”

The first line is a reference to the church’s practice of denying lay priesthood to black male members until 1978.

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