Ohio Firefighters Reprimanded for Posing for Christmas Billboard in Their Uniforms While on Duty

Pop quiz for all you church/state separation advocates out there. What’s wrong with this billboard?

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If you said, “They’re wearing their government uniforms to promote a religious holiday, for a billboard image they took while on duty,” you’d be right. (And eerily specific.)

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Illinois Sheriff Defends Courthouse Nativity Scenes, Telling Atheists He Won’t Be Bullied

Last winter, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Jefferson County Board in Illinois after they were notified of two Nativity scene displays at the local courthouse. It took a while, but Sheriff Travis Allen responded this week with a letter that screams “Look at me! I’m a big boy! I’ma coming after you!”

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The Upside-Down Cross Outside a Florida City Hall Now Has a Government-Approved Disclaimer

Yesterday, I mentioned that activist Chaz Stevens had countered a Nativity scene, Christmas tree, and menorah outside City Hall in Hallandale Beach, Florida with a giant upside-down cross that reads “In Chaz We Trust. All others pay cash.”

That’s what happens when a local government allows religious displays on public property — they can’t say no when someone else makes a very unpopular request.

But get this: Last night, Stevens saw that the city had erected a sign next to his cross:

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Atheist Activist Gets Florida Town to Place Upside-Down Cross Outside City Hall

If you visited Hallandale Beach, Florida over the holidays, you would have found a Nativity scene, Christmas tree, and menorah up by City Hall. They obviously have an open forum for these kinds of things.

It prompted Chaz Stevens, the activist best known for putting up Festivus Poles on government property, to take his trolling to new heights.

He asked for and received permission to place outside City Hall this upside-down cross that reads “In Chaz We Trust. All others pay cash.”

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Here’s How My 5-Year-Old Daughter Discovered the Truth About Santa

It was supposed to be easy.

And during our first venture as parents, it was easy.

Soon after tossing our Jehovah’s Witness mindset into the trash, my wife Jennifer and I were faced with all manners of decisions about parenting. Of course, those decisions were present before, but we didn’t have to think about them because the Watchtower Society made all the decisions for us.

But in 2006, as newly minted non-religious people with a one-year-old child, we had to make some decisions without any help (read: coercion) from the Watchtower Society.

Among the biggies: How are we gonna handle Santa Claus?

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