For the fourth straight year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation chapter in Chicago has put up an atheist display at North School Park in the city of Arlington Heights. It will be alongside a Nativity Scene also on the property. This year, the atheists put up a five-foot-tall Scarlet A:
There’s also an “Are you Good Without God? Millions are” banner from the Chicago Coalition of Reason:
The displays have been vandalized both of the past two years. In 2013 someone took a knife to the banner:
And last year, the top of the banner was ripped out of its grommets. The eyehooks that kept the banner attached to its stand were also missing:
In addition, the disclaimer sign (that said the displays were put up by private groups and did not represent the views of the local park district) was literally bent out of shape:
We’ll see what happens this year. In theory, though, there’s nothing offensive about these displays. They merely represent a perspective that isn’t shared by Christians.
(Portions of this article were published earlier)