When you create a public forum in order to make room for a Nativity scene in a government building, you should expect non-Christians to take advantage of it. And that’s why the Florida Capitol is now home to this pleasant holiday banner from American Atheists:
“The purpose of this banner is to share a positive holiday message with all Floridians, faithful and faithless alike,” said Devon Graham, American Atheists’ Assistant State Director, who petitioned to have the banner displayed.
The atheist display shows a snowy scene as background to the words, “This season, no matter what you celebrate or why, Happy Holidays! —Your atheist neighbors.”
“About a quarter of all Florida residents do not identify with any faith tradition whatsoever, and many holiday displays neglect this substantial segment of the population,” said Graham, who also serves as the Vice President for the Humanists of Tallahassee (HOT), a newly formed group in the region.
It’s the first time American Atheists has hosted a display in the Capitol, though Florida has hosted, among other things, a Festivus Pole and a Flying Spaghetti Monster display.
The banner will be up through December 20.