As Chicago's Daley Plaza became filled with signs of holiday spirit last week, atheists added an emblem to the seasonal display.
The “Freedom from Religion Foundation” lit up a neon “A is for Atheism” display between a Hanukkah menorah and Christmas nativity scene at the plaza where the city erected its annual Christmas tree.
The 8-foot light display features a neon cursive “A,” standing for “atheist” or “agnostic,” and a banner that explains the winter solstice celebration, or the “the birth of the unconquered sun.” It also pays tribute to the birth of the Bill of Rights, “which reminds us there can be no freedom of religion without having freedom from religion in government.”
A similar solstice sign was also erected in Springfield.
“At this season of the winter solstice, may reason prevail,” the sign reads. “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
So on fb, some friends have called this ridiculous because it has nothing to do with the holiday season or spirit. That atheist are trying to ruin the holiday by forcing their non belief down their throat and so on.
My question is would it bother you to see an A next to baby Jesus and a menorah? Do you feel it's not the place or time for it?
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