For the tenth straight year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has put up the following sign in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda:
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.
“We believe that all perspectives should get space at public venues,” notes FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. “And what can be a more prestigious venue than the statehouse in the Land of Lincoln?”
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor adds, “This sign is a reminder of the real reason for the season, the Winter Solstice,” which is the shortest and darkest day of the year and takes place on Dec. 21 this year. The natural holiday heralds the rebirth of the sun and the natural new year, and has been celebrated for millennia in the Northern Hemisphere with festivals of light, evergreens, feasts and gift exchanges.
If any Christians are upset by the sign’s placement, they can lobby their elected officials to change the rules so that no religious or (explicitly) non-religious displays are allowed in the building… but that would mean banning Nativity scenes, too, so there’s no way that’s going to happen.
(Large portions of this article were published earlier)