The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s atheist plaque in the Olympia, Washington Capitol building has inspired so many other people to apply for their own private displays to be placed alongside the others, that state officials have put a moratorium on all further displays:
The ban will remain in effect until the Department of General Administration can review its policy for private holiday and religious displays in the Capitol. Everything that’s in place now will stay up, along with a previously approved menorah to mark Hanukkah, scheduled to be installed Dec. 21.
Officials said the agency got far more applications than it was prepared to handle, and they worried the displays couldn’t be accommodated in the space set aside.
“The atheist display really charged up a lot of people,” General Administration spokesman Steve Valandra said. “We’ve gotten a lot more requests then we ever anticipated.”
The battle has been won.
The point has been made.
Allowing religious groups to put their propaganda on government property just opens the floodgates for craziness.
Next year, Washington officials can save themselves trouble by just leaving the government space religion-free.