This year, the sign will be going back up 🙂
We don’t think religion, or irreligion, belongs in state capitols,” noted Dan Barker, Foundation co-president and author of the 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 15 percent of the U.S. population who is not religious are also represented.”
I’m not particularly fond of the last lines of the message — to say that religion hardens all hearts and enslaves all minds is an obvious stretch; we all know kind, intelligent people who are religious — but this is about viewpoint equality so I’m glad an atheist message is allowed to be included in the mix.
Next year, Springfield would be wise to follow in the path of Olympia, Washington and simply discontinue the practice of letting groups put up signs altogether. It just gets out of hand.