WICHITA - A billboard advertisement in northwest Wichita that urges people to "Praise Darwin" and "Evolve Beyond Belief" is drawing mixed reactions from local congregation leaders.
The billboard, which went up Tuesday at 21st and Tyler Road, is paid for by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which describes itself as an educational group working for the separation of state and church.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Wisconsin-based group, said the billboard is a way to celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of his work "On the Origin of Species."
"People are always being told to 'praise the Lord,' " Gaylor said. "Well, we should be praising human accomplishments, and who more important to science than Darwin for explaining the origin of the human species?"
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