From Fox News, the same people who bring us Bill O’Reilly’s inane crusade every year against the entirely mythical “War on Christmas” comes the War on Easter. And what does that war consist of? A couple signs that say nothing at all about Easter that they claim “demeans” Christianity.
At issue is a display being set up in Chicago’s Daley Plaza of two 8 foot banners featuring the secular views of Thomas Jefferson and President John Adams, with one banner reading ‘In reason, we trust,’ the other reading ‘Keep state and religion separate.’ According to host Anna Kooiman, the banners are being erected to “counter the Jesus” in the plaza; a ten foot tall image of “the resurrected Jesus” and a 19-foot Christian cross, both already on display.
Joining the host was Freedom from Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor and Faith and Freedom Foundation Deputy National Field Director Virginia Galloway.
After wondering if Easter has “evolved into an occasion to demean religious beliefs and Christianity,” Kooiman asked Gaylor, “If you don’t believe in life after death, if you don’t believe in all of this stuff….why do you care? Why do this?”“We believe, if our public square is being taken over by a religion, we should be there too,” Gaylor replied.
Turning to Galloway, Kooiman asked, “Virginia, as a Christian, what’s your reaction?”
“Well, I think it is kind of sad, on the week that Christians are celebrating the most significant part of their religion, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and Jewish people are celebrating Passover, that we are attacked and denigrated, it doesn’t feel right,” Galloway said.
She goes on to say that, “They have a right to express their opinion, a Constitutional right…” before adding, “It seems without class, like the Westboro crowd and the things that they did.”
Oh yes, it’s just like the Westboro Baptist Church protesting at funerals. I can hardly see a difference. But pray tell, how is a sign promoting separation of church and state and the use of reason “attacking and denigrating” Christians? Lots and lots of Christians are in favor of a strict separation of church and state. And if you’d like to take the position that Christianity is the antithesis of reason and therefore any promotion of the use of reason is an attack on Christianity, be my guest.