Seen in Sanford, Maine:
At this Season of the Winter Solstice, LET REASON PREVAIL. There are not gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth & superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
That sign went up after a resident pointed out the Nativity scene in the town square. Tom Waddell, seen in that picture, alerted the Freedom From Religion Foundation and received permission from the town to put up his own sign.
“The banner helps to educate the public that Maine is the third least religious state and that about 23 percent of American adults are nonreligious, including about 35 percent of millennials,” noted Tom. “The Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, has been celebrated for thousands of years before the birth of Christ with festivals of light, evergreens, feasts and gift exchanges.
“In short, Christmas as we know it today, is a relatively recent Christian invention based on pagan practices. Placement of a nativity scene alone is but one perspective on the season and does not represent the growing population of nonbelievers.”
Finally, this Maine town looks a little more like the rest of the Northeast, where a quarter of the residents don’t belong to any organized religion.