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Latest atheist billboard targets Catholics

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A new billboard along Interstate 30 is upsetting some Catholics. It urges members to quit the church.

The billboard is part of a national atheist campaign by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. It also says the Roman Catholic Church should put women's rights over bishops' wrongs.

It's a dig at dozens of federal lawsuits by Catholic dioceses including those in Dallas and Fort Worth. They want to do away with an Obama Administration mandate that requires employers, including church-owned institutions like hospitals, to provide employees insurance coverage for birth control, something the church doesn't believe in.

"I don't like them imposing their religious beliefs on other people who don't have those beliefs," said Terry McDonald with the DFW Coalition of Reason, a local atheist group.

The Dallas Diocese said it has been getting phone calls about the sign located along westbound I-30 near Highway 360.

"It's all been women who've called in to say they were offended and upset by the billboard," said Annette Gonzales Taylor with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

The diocese believes the Freedom from Religion Foundation is in the wrong lane.

"We're very offended that an entity that has no knowledge or understanding of the church would erect a billboard of this nature," Gonzales Taylor said. "The issue is truly about religious liberty and protecting the church's right to adhere to our faith principals."

McDonald questioned that response.

"When you read that there's a high percentage of Catholic women who use birth control, I wonder who's complaining," he said.

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