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Anti-Christmas Message in Washington State Capitol Holiday Display
AOL News ^ | 12-1-08 | Mark Impomeni

Posted on 12/02/2008 6:50:52 PM PST by NavyCanDo

The State of Washington accepted an application from an atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, to place an anti-religion message as part of the state's official holiday display in the state capitol rotunda steps from a traditional nativity scene. The decision is the culmination of a three-year long battle in Washington over inclusiveness in holiday displays. In 2006, the Port of Seattle removed a Christmas tree from the Seattle-Tacoma airport after a local rabbi requested to add a menorah to honor Hanukkah. That same year, an Olympia real estate agent, Ron Wesselius, requested to place a nativity scene inside the capitol building after observing a menorah displayed there. He was denied and filed suit. The state settled, allowing the manger to be displayed in 2007.

The atheist group's sign reads:

"At this season of the winter solstice, may reason prevail. 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 enslaves minds."

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Until Bill O;Reilly mentioned this tonight on FOX News, I had no idea this was happening right here in my own state capital. This state, has completly lost it.
1 posted on 12/02/2008 6:50:52 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: NavyCanDo

“God is dead”- Nietche,1886. “Nietche is dead”- God,1901


2 posted on 12/02/2008 6:55:41 PM PST by MarineBrat (You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.)
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To: NavyCanDo

Told ya.


3 posted on 12/02/2008 6:56:58 PM PST by firebrand
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To: NavyCanDo

Atheists demanding equal time during the Holy days. Do they get this upset during kwaanzaa?


4 posted on 12/02/2008 6:58:10 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Well, Mr. Obama.....how are you going to HANDLE this?)
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To: prairiebreeze

Tagline change.


5 posted on 12/02/2008 7:00:00 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Our home unapologetically celebrates the birth of Jesus.)
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To: NavyCanDo

I really think this is a symptom of the West’s inability to defend any philosophical position anymore. We used to all know that religion was socially good - even the irreligious acknowledged that.


6 posted on 12/02/2008 7:00:49 PM PST by kc8ukw
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To: prairiebreeze

Good tagline.


7 posted on 12/02/2008 7:01:08 PM PST by brushcop (We remember SSG Harrison Brown, PVT Andrew Simmons B CO 2/69 3ID KIA Iraq OIF IV)
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To: NavyCanDo

But this makes zero sense! If they believe in nothing, then their display should be nothing. The other religions believe in something and their displays reflect that.

What nut job determined that an anti_display was appropriate?


8 posted on 12/02/2008 7:01:27 PM PST by Kenny
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To: NavyCanDo

I say lets play the “fairness” card: give them their place in government displays and give God his place in government schools.


9 posted on 12/02/2008 7:05:17 PM PST by DesertSapper (God, Family, Country . . . . . . . . . . and dead terrorists!!!)
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To: Kenny

“If they believe in nothing, then their display should be nothing.”

Oddly enough, some atheists these days have more evangelical zeal than most people of faith.


10 posted on 12/02/2008 7:06:56 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers
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To: NavyCanDo
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."

Atheism is, of course, a contrast. Atheism just enslaves bodies.

Forced labor at the Belomorkanal project, 1933

11 posted on 12/02/2008 7:13:13 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Banish Merry Christmas. Get ready for Mad Max.."-Daniel Henninger)
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To: prairiebreeze

“Do they get this upset during kwaanzaa?”

Or Ramadan?


12 posted on 12/02/2008 7:15:03 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: NavyCanDo
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.

Psychology 101. Can you cite a better example of what is called 'projection'?

13 posted on 12/02/2008 7:17:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: NavyCanDo

...why are they being a$$hole$? Okay I can go along if they want to put up a display that says “It’s the solstice” or something - but why the swipes?

Just like the gays - the people who demand the most sensitivity give none.


14 posted on 12/02/2008 7:18:56 PM PST by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: prairiebreeze

http://pundita.blogspot.com/2008/12/i-wuv-you-burp-me-convert-or-die.html


15 posted on 12/02/2008 7:32:04 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: NavyCanDo

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. - Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782


16 posted on 12/02/2008 7:36:40 PM PST by antonia (A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow)
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To: MarineBrat

Forgive me, I couldn’t resist: What is it men cannot be made to believe!
-Thomas Jefferson to Richard Henry Lee, April 22, 1786. (on the British regarding America, but quoted here for its universal appeal.)


17 posted on 12/02/2008 7:46:30 PM PST by antonia (A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow)
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To: NavyCanDo

“There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.”

And just where is their objective proof of this? Nowhere. This is just their own myth and superstition created out of the hardness of their hearts and enslaved minds.


18 posted on 12/02/2008 7:53:25 PM PST by Grig
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To: NavyCanDo

I have no problem with this, if it means Christians won’t get hassled about putting up a Creche. I’m thinking people will read the atheists’ message and just snicker.


19 posted on 12/02/2008 7:57:44 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Kenny

Exactly. Would they have accepted a display from a religious group calling all other religions and the non-religious...”heathens?” I think not.


20 posted on 12/02/2008 8:22:09 PM PST by TNdandelion (This should be fun.)
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To: NavyCanDo

One of my dearest friends lives in Washington and even though he is a Christian, he’s a democrat first apparently. He voted for Obama. We almost came to blows over it..on e-mail, of course. Sigh. Washington is full of democrats, I see.


21 posted on 12/03/2008 9:22:33 AM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: prairiebreeze

Kwaanza celebrates blackness. Christmas celebrates Christ. So Kwaanza is no threat to them. It’s only Christianity (Christ) who poses a threat. Go figure.


22 posted on 12/03/2008 9:23:43 AM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Kenny

The governor approved it.


23 posted on 12/03/2008 9:24:25 AM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Marysecretary
Kwaanza celebrates blackness.

No! It DOES NOT!! It "supports" radical ideology, and was invented by a convicted torturer in the '60's or '70's.

24 posted on 12/03/2008 9:26:54 AM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Well, it seems that it’s only the blacks that celebrate it. It’s THEIR holiday, so to speak, no matter who originated it. It’s not MY holiday.


25 posted on 12/03/2008 5:37:05 PM PST by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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