Here's what the sign says, "There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens our hearts and enslaves our minds."

Atheist sign joins nativity scene, tree at Capitol

By CURT WOODWARD
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

OLYMPIA, Wash. — An atheist group has unveiled an anti-religion placard in the state Capitol, joining a Christian Nativity scene and "holiday tree" on display during December.

The atheists' sign was installed Monday by Washington members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group based in Madison, Wis.

With a nod to the winter solstice – the year's shortest day, occurring in late December – the placard reads, in part, "There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."

The foundation's co-president, Dan Barker, said it was important for atheists to offer their viewpoint alongside the overtly religious Nativity scene and Christmas-style holiday tree.

"Our members want equal time," Barker said. "Not to muscle, not to coerce, but just to have a place at the table."

The three displays, all privately sponsored, were granted permits from state groundskeepers to be placed in the Capitol's grand marble hallways.

Read more at: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_atheist_display.html

 

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6 Comments

  1. Dayana Martinez says:

    “There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell"

    –Really? Prove it!

    Atheism is as much a leap of faith as any religion. Actually more, since atheism tries to prove a negative.

    If there is no God, when I die as a believer, I've lost nothing. In fact I've gained comfort, compassion, and a sense of responsibility from my faith. If an Atheist dies and there is a God… well, he'll have some explaining to do.

  2. Dayana Martinez says:

    “There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell"

    –Really? Prove it!

    Atheism is as much a leap of faith as any religion. Actually more, since atheism tries to prove a negative.

    If there is no God, when I die as a believer, I've lost nothing. In fact I've gained comfort, compassion, and a sense of responsibility from my faith. If an Atheist dies and there is a God… well, he'll have some explaining to do.

  3. Tommy says:

    As an atheist, I wish they would have used different verbiage.

    “There’s no evidence that god exists” does not equate to, “There is no god.”

  4. Tommy says:

    As an atheist, I wish they would have used different verbiage.

    “There’s no evidence that god exists” does not equate to, “There is no god.”

  5. sandra says:

    I am not an athiest but agree with you on the verbiage. It is true that the one phrase is not equivalent to the other. However, there is also no evidence that "God does not exist".

  6. sandra says:

    I am not an athiest but agree with you on the verbiage. It is true that the one phrase is not equivalent to the other. However, there is also no evidence that "God does not exist".

 
 
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