Bill O’Reilly is leading the charge.
Sandhya Bathija of Americans United for Separation of Church and State makes an important point, though:
The irony is that O’Reilly’s fury really should be directed at none other than the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) — a Religious Right legal group that O’Reilly supports in ideology.
The ADF brought a lawsuit against the state last year on behalf of a man who wanted to display a Nativity scene in the state capitol rotunda. The suit alleged that since a menorah and a “holiday tree” were displayed, officials cannot discriminate against a depiction of the birth of Jesus.The case was settled with an agreement that the Nativity scene would be displayed and that the state would broaden its policy on religious displays.
The ADF was ecstatic over the settlement, so it seems rather funny that this year, when an atheist group wanted to display its own sign, that suddenly O’Reilly wants to point his finger at the governor, not his allies who started this mess.
So if you’re not happy with the atheist signs, don’t blame FFRF.
Blame the Religious Right.
In fact, I’m sure they would appreciate your words of gratitude.
It’s not that often a Christian Right group paves the way for atheist signs to be displayed at state Capitols.