After a long and drawn out battle over a Nativity scene on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse in Indiana (which you can read about here), the Freedom From Religion Foundation finally put up their own response to the Christian display late last month.
It was a Secular Nativity, featuring the Founding Fathers, Statue of Liberty, and the Bill of Rights. There was also a banner that read “At this season of the Winter Solstice, LET REASON PREVAIL. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth & superstition that hardens hearts & enslaves minds.”
On Saturday night, it seems, that banner was stolen:
“This theft sends a message to all religious minorities and the nonreligious that they are not welcome to share in the celebration of the season,” said FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. “It’s ironic that this act of censorship took place directly next to our Bill of Rights display, which protects the free speech rights of everyone, not just those in the majority.”
“FFRF is no stranger to vandalism and theft,” noted FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover. “We have been dealing with this sort of censorship for decades. Last winter one of our Winter Solstice signs was vandalized in Arlington Heights, Illinois and in March our ‘In Reason We Trust’ sign was stolen from the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda.”
Grover added, “anti-speech reactions to atheist messages are common, but they just serve to emphasize a simple truth: a belief that cannot stand up to scrutiny is not a belief worth holding.”
FFRF is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information “leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief or thieves responsible.”