Wednesday, December 03, 2008

More of the Devil's Vain and Empty Works

What you get when you let the Supreme Court referee the contents of public Christmas displays: an atheist manifesto posted next to a Nativity scene at the state capitol building in Olympia, Washington.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the sponsor of this farcical display. The Foundation has lavished large quantities of money -- which, no doubt, could otherwise have gone to feed the poor -- on a "jaunty 'Reason's Greetings' billboard" in Olympia, as well as an engraved plaque to be erected near the capitol Nativity scene. The plaque 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.
"Our sign is a reminder of the real reason for the season, the Winter Solstice," says Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, adding fatuously, "The Christians really stole 'Christmas,' but we nonbelievers are willing to share it with them!"

The Foundation claims that its objective is to bring "some freethinking cheer" to Olympia. However, there is in fact nothing more depressing than the idea that there is no Heaven, and that this screwed-up world is all there is -- unless it's the eternal prognosis for people who refuse to believe there is a Hell.

Atheists find it irritating when people pray for them, even though they profess to believe that prayer is pointless. So: irritate an atheist today!


  1. Why is it reasonable to celebrate the winter solstice?

    And why should reasonable people seek to bring us cheer? Isn't cheer an enslavement of the mind?

  2. An atheist is someone who is screwed up because they didn't get enough love at home, or someone was mean to them at church.