The sign read:
“At the time of the Christmas, let reason prevail. There is a Saviour, there is a God, there is a Heaven and hell. The earth is God’s footstool. Disbelief is demonstrative of a narrow mind and such belief hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
If a religious display that said such was placed near a secular display in a state capitol building, what would be the reaction? Groups would have protested and demanded the removal, saying that it was the promotion of one group over another, much like they successfully did in Fresno:
Some Sonoma County residents are criticizing a decision to remove all stars and angels from Christmas trees in county buildings over concerns that they promote Christianity.
Some are questioning whether the decorations are even religious, while others say the county is making a big deal out of nothing.
County Administrator Chris Thomas ordered the decorations removed Monday. He based his decision on a Supreme Court ruling that says governments can celebrate Christmas, but not if it endorses Christian doctrine.
In truth, the sign in the Illinois state capitol read:
“At the time of the winter solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is just myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
The majority of the intent and language of this display is to smear faith-based celebrations rather than celebrate atheism. Because of this, it should be ensnared by liberals’ own laws regarding “hate speech,” but the left likes to create double-standards for itself so as to avoid having to actually follow the rules it creates.
This isn’t a celebratory display of atheism; it’s a sign that was purposefully and maliciously placed right by the Christmas tree in the capitol building as a way to be juvenile and totally ironic – I say ironic, because no true atheist would give rat’s backside about religious celebrations because if they were whole and consistent with their belief in no God, then the idea of someone else using their own individual liberty to believe in God and celebrate that belief would not bother the atheist.
This isn’t a demonstration of spiritual thought; it’s a catty, jack-booted attempt to make an offensive statement. Remove “there are no gods, et al.” and supplant “homosexuality, Islam” or anything else and see how quickly the standards of offense change.
I’ve no problem with anyone constructing a solstice or any other display, but the display in the capitol building is not such; it’s nothing more than an anti-religious political statement made in anger and meant to incite anger – the irony of ironies – while pointing the finger at religion for being oppressive and vengeful. Who has the mean-spirited display again?
Via Quincy News