The Freedom From Religion Foundation put this sign up in the state Capitol building in Olympia, Washington last year:
After all the controversy last year, the state government decided no displays for/against any religion would be allowed at all inside the capitol building. It was the right move. Unfortunately, they’re still allowing displays outside, on the grounds of the building.
So far, only a Jewish group and an atheist group have applied — no Christian groups.
The atheist group in question is Seattle Atheists. They explain what they’re doing in this press release:
Seattle Atheists has applied for a permit to display a sign on the state capitol grounds from Dec. 12 to Dec. 29, 2009. The sign will read: “In this holiday season let us remember that kindness, charity and goodwill transcend belief, creed or religion. Happy Holidays, Seattle Atheists”
Last year, the Wisconsin organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), displayed a sign in the capitol rotunda which read, “Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” Seattle Atheists shares [many] opinions with the FFRF regarding the separation of church and state, and about the harm [that] can be done in the cause of religious belief. However, we feel that the message was needlessly provocative and inappropriate for the context of the capitol rotunda.
If their permit is rejected and any religious one is approved, you can bet there will be lawsuits flying all over the place.
Good luck to them and their application!
(Thanks to Amanda for the link!)