Atheists Deck the Halls at WA Capitol

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The largest atheists and agnostics group in the U.S. has installed its own "holiday" decorations at Washington state's Capitol this year.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation was granted permission to put a "Winter Solstice" sign in the Capitol building for the entire month of December.

"Our members want equal time," Dan Barker, the group's co-president, said. "Not to muscle, not to coerce, but just to have a place at the table."

The placard first appeared Monday alongside a Christian Nativity scene and "holiday tree" in a hallway between the state Senate and House chambers.

It 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."

The back of the sign says "State/Church: Keep Them Separate."

The group also has a "Reason's Greetings" billboard positioned in downtown Olympia. The FFRF Web site claims the displays are to bring "free-thinking cheer" to the city.

All Capitol displays, including the tree and Nativity scene, are privately sponsored.

Last month, a billboard put up in California telling onlookers to "Imagine No Religion" was removed after complaints from residents.

Sources: CBN News, Associated Press

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