Atheist Sign Goes Up in Illinois Capitol Building

On Saturday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation placed a Winter Solstice sign in the Illinois Capitol building in Springfield:

At this season of
THE WINTER SOLSTICE
may reason prevail.

There are no gods,
no devils, no angels,
no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but
myth and superstition
that hardens hearts
and enslaves minds.

The sign has gone up in previous years, though it took a hiatus last year.

“We don’t think that religion, or irreligion, belong at the seat of state government. But if religious displays are going up in state capitols, then our display representing the freethought point of view will be there, too. In celebrating the Winter Solstice, we celebrate reality,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor

Dan Barker, FFRF co-president, said Christians tend to think “they own the month of December. We don’t agree. No month is free from pagan reverie!”

You may argue that the message is a bit aggressive, and I don’t disagree, but this is all about viewpoint equality. If Christian groups are allowed to put displays up in the Capitol building, then atheist groups can as well, and I’m glad at least one group is taking advantage of that, regardless of what the message is.

Springfield would be better off discontinuing the practice of letting religious groups put up displays entirely. Until they do, though, I’m all for this.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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