Would You Help Restore a Nativity Scene?

Admit it: for a few minutes when you knew the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s atheist sign in Olympia, Washington was stolen, you were angry. People could disagree with it — maybe even get offended by it — but to the point that they would steal it? How “Christian” of them. Then the sign was recovered [Read More...]

There is Now a Christmas Tree at the UNC Library

Last week, I mentioned that the librarians at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill decided not to put up Christmas trees in its libraries. It was the right decision. I’ll admit having trees would be less egregious than a full-blown Nativity Scene, but the sentiment was a good one — let’s be inclusive to all [Read More...]

The Floodgates Have Opened

Now that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has put up an atheist plaque in the Olympia, Washington Capitol building, guess who else wants to join them? The emotional saga over religious displays at Washington’s state capitol grew even more bizarre today, as a controversial Kansas group requested permission to put up a sign titled “Santa [Read More...]

Atheist “Tree of Knowledge” Goes Up in Philadelphia

Want an alternative to the atheist plaques being put up in Olympia, Washington and Springfield, Illinois? Margaret Downey, founder of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, put up the group’s Tree of Knowledge for the second straight year on Tuesday. The “Godless Holiday Tree” will greet – or challenge – passersby with the covers of [Read More...]

Not Happy With the Atheist Signs? Blame the Christians

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been taking a lot of criticism recently for placing their pro-atheism signs next to Nativity scenes on public property. Bill O’Reilly is leading the charge. Sandhya Bathija of Americans United for Separation of Church and State makes an important point, though: The irony is that O’Reilly’s fury really should [Read More...]