Looks like Springfield, Illinois may get a taste of what Olympia, Washington has been dealing with the past week.
At the Illinois Capitol building today, the Freedom From Religion Foundation will be putting up a red-and-green version of its infamous sign:
Let’s be clear on this: FFRF isn’t doing this because they think atheists deserve special treatment from the government. They want equal treament.
There is a Nativity scene already at the Capitol. Therefore, other religions (and atheists) have a right to place their own seasonal decorations alongside the Christian display. FFRF applied for a permit and went through all the proper channels to make this happen:
The Foundation applied for a permit after Illinois members contacted the state/church watchdog, asking it to protest the decision to permit a religious group to plant a nativity display in the Capitol for the month of December.
“We don’t think religion — or irreligion — belongs in state capitols,” noted Dan Barker, Foundation co-president and author of the new book, Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists.
“But if a state is going to permit a nativity display and create a public forum, then we want to be sure that the views of the 16% of the U.S. population who is not religious are also represented.”
I wonder if the protests will be as large or as angry as those taking place in Washington.
(via The Daily Profaner)