Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Atheist group seeks 'special protection' for lost-and-found sign
KOMO staff ^ | Dec. 6, 2008 | staff

Posted on 12/06/2008 2:15:47 PM PST by Baladas

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A controversial anti-religion placard was reported missing from the state Capitol Friday - then later found - and now the sign's sponsor wants the State Patrol to provide special protection for it when it is returned.

The uproar came as several other groups clamored for permission to post their own holiday displays at the state Capitol.

The anti-religion sign, posted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis., was reported missing Friday morning then was turned over to a Seattle radio station by an unidentified man at about 10 a.m.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, a spokesman for Freedom from Religion, says she was told a Washington state trooper is returning the atheistic sign to Olympia, where it will resume its place next to a Christmas tree and a Christian nativity scene at the Capitol Rotunda.

Gaylor says she's requesting special protection for the sign during the remainder of the holiday season.

A receptionist with radio station KMPS said an unidentified man dropped off the missing atheistic sign and asked that it be turned over to one of the station's hosts who had been discussing the sign on his morning talk show.

The placard has sparked a national firestorm of protest in the midst of the holiday season, and prompted a well-known local pastor to post a pro-religion sign Friday near the site where the anti-religion sign had been.

Applications also were OK'd for four other displays at the state Capitol in the coming days, including one honoring "Festivus," a faux holiday made popular by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

(Excerpt) Read more at katu.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: antitheism; atheismandstate; atheistsupremacists; athesitsupremacists; christianity; culturewar; freedomofreligion; gregoire; hatespeech; publicsquare; religiousintolerance; secularism; waronchristmas; washington
They probably did it themselves to further their stupid, godless publicity stunt - most would've destroyed their lame sign.
1 posted on 12/06/2008 2:15:48 PM PST by Baladas
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Baladas

NO taxpayer $$ to protect this attack on believers.


2 posted on 12/06/2008 2:17:40 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas
Happy Festivus!
3 posted on 12/06/2008 2:33:54 PM PST by chs68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas
Applications also were OK'd for four other displays at the state Capitol in the coming days, including one honoring "Festivus," a faux holiday made popular by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Bwahaha.

4 posted on 12/06/2008 2:37:52 PM PST by CE2949BB (Fight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

I believe, my constitution-loving friends, that the phrase you’re looking for is “equal protection”, which you have.


5 posted on 12/06/2008 2:38:02 PM PST by HarryCaul (Verify Possums! Pogo's Enemy is Us!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

looks like these poor atheist victims can’t deal with “survival of the fittest.”


6 posted on 12/06/2008 2:43:41 PM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ari-freedom

looks like these poor atheist victims can’t deal with “survival of the fittest.”

Destroying others’ property is not survival of the fittest. If the vandals are shot on the face, then that would be survival of the fittest.


7 posted on 12/06/2008 2:49:11 PM PST by sagar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: sagar
Destroying others’ property is not survival of the fittest. If the vandals are shot on the face, then that would be survival of the fittest.

Now that sounds like a War on Christmas!

Or a war on jackasses that want to believe they are God's Holy Warriors.

8 posted on 12/06/2008 2:53:07 PM PST by CE2949BB (Fight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: HarryCaul

No, they mean “special protection.” The Consitution states that the government is required to establish their religion.


9 posted on 12/06/2008 3:00:32 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

Agreed. How convenient, it was found in a ditch and given to a radio station covering the heist by an unidentified man. Puleeze. Now the atheists are requesting state protection due to this vicious attack. Sounds very scripted.


10 posted on 12/06/2008 3:02:39 PM PST by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

This is akin to the KKK asking for protection for their burning cross errected next to a Black History Month display.

Freedom of religion does NOT mean freedom FROM religion.

Those who say there should be no religion tolerated in the public square should be just as vocal against ALL politics in the public square. That first amendment protects the right of the religious, as well as the political.


11 posted on 12/06/2008 3:05:57 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: weegee

What about the inclusion of Festivus?


12 posted on 12/06/2008 3:09:54 PM PST by CE2949BB (Fight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

“Gaylor says she’s requesting special protection for the sign during the remainder of the holiday season.”

A Trooper should walk up to the sign and dump Holy Water on it. There it’s protected.

Come to think of it, Olympia is only 3 hours from my house, perhaps I can help. (devilish smile).... ;>)


13 posted on 12/06/2008 3:14:00 PM PST by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sagar

“Destroying others’ property is not survival of the fittest. If the vandals are shot on the face, then that would be survival of the fittest.”

The fit protect their property themselves. They don’t complain to the govt.


14 posted on 12/06/2008 3:30:47 PM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

Agreed.


15 posted on 12/06/2008 3:41:57 PM PST by nobama08
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

That was my first thought.


16 posted on 12/06/2008 3:41:59 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas
... the State Patrol to provide special protection for it ...

I have an idea. If it goes missing, just pull out the ol' Crayolas and make another. Way cheaper than paying Smokie's wages from now 'til Christmas.

17 posted on 12/06/2008 3:54:41 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

They can protect the sign their damb selves.
They have a right to free speech... they dont have a right to free advertising.
I applaud the people who stole it.
They should have burned it.


18 posted on 12/06/2008 4:21:04 PM PST by Safrguns
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Libertina; torqemada; WKL815; Baumer; Robwin; Scutter; blasater1960; conservative cat; cherry; ...
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Say WA? Evergreen State ping

FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this ping list.

Ping sionnsar if you see a Washington state related thread.

19 posted on 12/06/2008 4:38:35 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ari-freedom

“The fit protect their property themselves. They don’t complain to the govt.”

In this case, a shot in the face would be a good way to protect against vandalism. But, I don’t think it is legal.

Thus, they are asking for those are PAID to protect and serve .


20 posted on 12/06/2008 4:40:24 PM PST by sagar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Baladas

This is getting absolutely ridiculous. They need to get a life. And quickly since they won’t have one when they are gone according to their own beliefs!


21 posted on 12/06/2008 4:42:21 PM PST by pepperdog (The world has gone crazy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sagar

they should expect to be treated like any other animal in the wild. They can’t appeal to morality. If they can’t protect their stuff, someone else will take it and they starve.


22 posted on 12/06/2008 4:49:21 PM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Baladas
Here is my idea for display in the Washington state house.

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

It could be an interactive touch screen that would forward links to the articles to your e-mail addie.

23 posted on 12/06/2008 5:34:12 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CE2949BB; chs68
A reporter on tv yesterday said a sign was placed at the site that said
'Festivus for the Rest of Us!!!

LOL

24 posted on 12/06/2008 7:25:43 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Have you girded your loins today??????)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson