***Update***: The sign will also be going up this Monday in the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson!
In a year when we’ve seen so many atheist billboards, it’s hard to believe that the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice message, currently sitting in the Wisconsin Capitol building through the end of December, might not be the most controversial sign we’ve talked about this year:
“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.”
So many Gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
When just the art of being kind
Is all this sad world needs.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In case you think the sign is unnecessarily mean/dickish, consider this: FFRF is merely asserting their own views, something that religious groups do every time they put up a Nativity scene on public property and remind everyone that dismissal of their faith will earn us a one-way ticket to hell.
If anything, this is optimistic. It speaks of a world without hellfire, devils, and superstition. It calls for kindness.
Too bad the religious people who will inevitably complain about the sign won’t see it that way…