It's an answer to a talk radio prayer.
Atheists unveiled an anti-religious "holiday" sign in the state Capitol, joining a crêche and a "holiday tree."
The placard reads, "There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
The story underlines the foolishness of this annual mishegoss, which serves nothing but to make radio talking points and religionists look daffier.
The sigh was installed Monday by Washington members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group based in Madison, Wis.
"Our members want equal time,"said the foundation's co-president, Dan Barker, "Not to muscle, not to coerce, but just to have a place at the table."
Western Washington is about to get famous, and once again it's for all the wrong reasons! We used to be famous for apples, now it's because we're one of the least churched regions in the country, and a haven for "San Francisco-style" liberals.
We won't get any relief on talk radio from this story. We guarantee Laura Ingraham (KTTH m-f, 6-9p) will screech; Billo Reilly might even send one of his "producers" to try embarrass the head of General Administration in Olympia, who ever that may be.
Outrage will be feigned anew: Caution! this is a no-sin zone!
Don't forget the locals: Dori (KIRO m-f, 12-3p) will birth (by immaculate conception, presumably) the customary dairy mammal; John and Ken (KOMO m-f,10a-2p) will bicker; and Dave Boze (KTTH m-f, 3-6p) will harrumph his customary harrumph.
Of course, the media who make their living trying to get people's blood pressure up, love this -- it's an issue they've worked long and cynically to create and promote; but the religionists who seriously believe this is sinful and blasphemous, we gotta ask: What the hell did you expect??
Can the Wiccan's be far behind? We hope not.
In 2006, Jews put up a menorah in the Capitol, which prompted local real estate agent Ron Wesselius to propose nativity scene which was turned down by the State who said they didn't have the resources to wade through issues of government religious endorsement.
Wesselius sued, and his Nativity scene was installed in 2007 and again this year. No menorah is on display this year, but the state has plainly said, if we accept one religion, we must accept everybody.
If you want to tread in on the people's secular turf, then Sweet Jesus, it's fair game to all!