There’s been a kerfuffle in my state this week, shaping up to be a full-on brouhaha. In the state Capitol building in Olympia there’s a nativity display. Right next to it, the Freedom From Religion Foundation installed a placard. It looked like this:
I know the photo is not very good. Why did no news organizations get a decent photo? It says:
At this season of
THE WINTER SOLSTICE
may reason prevail.
There are no gods,
no devils, no angels,
no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but
myth and superstition
that hardens hearts
and enslaves minds.
Well, that’s pretty rude. But it’s gone now, because some self-righteous thief stole it. It was later delivered to a Seattle radio station. And now the angry Christian masses are hastening to Olympia to put up their own signs, telling the atheists where to shove it. State troopers are patrolling the halls, presumably to keep the godless and the godful from strangling each other.
My take: religion-bashing signs have no place in the Capitol building. Atheists begone! And nativity scenes have no place in the Capitol building. Christians, take your plastic baby and get out. It’s a government building! By all means, decorate for the season. Bling the place up with lights, ribbons, tinsel, glittery icicles and snowflakes. But no manger! No menorah! No (insert alternative religious symbol here)! You all have places to put up religious displays. Like your houses! And your churches! Leave the government to its own tedious secular business. And I’m sure that sign will look lovely on somebody’s wall, but not the state’s wall.
That is all. Resume shopping. Please don’t hurt anybody at Walmart. Thank you.