In Downtown Chicago, a Catholic Group’s Easter Display Has Some Godless Company

If were to walk around Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, you might see a giant 14-foot cross and image of Jesus put up by a Christian group:

It’s legal. They requested and received permission to do it.

But that means everyone else gets to join in the fun! Which is why the Metropolitan Chicago chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up its own display yesterday:

One banner reads: “In Reason We Trust,” and pictures Thomas Jefferson, displaying his famous advice to a nephew, “Question with boldness even the existence of a god.” The other side proclaims, “Keep State & Religion Separate,” and pictures President John Adams, who signed the Treaty of Tripoli, which assured “… the government of the United States is not in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”

FFRF additionally has two smaller posters affixed to each side of its display, explaining its purpose, written by Tom Cara, Chicago chapter director: “Not looking to convert? Neither are we,” protesting use of government property to endorse the beliefs of a specific religious group. Another poster questions the “divine mercy” of the bible upon which Catholicism is predicated.

Hopefully this display won’t get vandalized…

And I’m sure the Thomas More Society members are thrilled to see others taking advantage of the same opportunity they did. I haven’t seen any excited Facebook posts or anything, but I’m sure they’re there…

This isn’t the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago chapter’s first foray into public advertising. Last November, they put up a giant Scarlet A in the same plaza.

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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