Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Free speech is a two way street

An atheistic sign is included in the state Capitol's holiday display that includes a holiday tree and a Christian nativity scene.The sign, a new addition this year, is sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The sign reads, "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."Annie Laurie Gaylor, foundation co-president, said in a prepared statement that the sign is a reminder of the "real reason for the season, the winter solstice." The solstice, on Dec. 21 this year, is the shortest day of the year.The Capitol has had a holiday tree, provided by the Association of Washington Business, for 19 years.In 2006, it was joined by a menorah sponsored by a Seattle Jewish group. A menorah is a candelabrum that recognizes Hanukkah.That prompted a lawmaker from Spokane to stage a protest at the Capitol, demanding the holiday tree be called a "Christmas tree." It also led a local real estate agent to sue the state to allow the nativity display depicting the birth of Jesus.There have been no requests for a menorah display this year.The tree -- officially called the "Capitol Holiday Kids Tree" -- is part of a charity drive for rural fire departments.A lighting ceremony for the tree -- up to 30 feet tall -- is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.

on a side note were there such things as Christmas trees during the birth of Christ. Based on where he was born I doubt it, however my buddy Kevin will weigh in if I'm incorrect.

No comments: