Our sediments exactly!
The atheists may have won one for once. The strategy behind their controversial sign was that no holiday messages and displays should be posted where the state does its secular business.
But General Administration has called a moratorium for the year, making the decision after receiving more applications than it had anticipated and "that reasonably can be accommodated in the display area set aside on the third floor of the Legislative Building,"
Bill O' Reilly will claim victory, even though the atheists' infamous sign will not be taken down as he has demanded.
The skirmish started by cranky atheists and their equal time anti-religious sign in the Capitol Rotunda attracted some of the most accomplished media whores in the business: Bill O'Reilly, Rev. Ken Hutcherson, and the cartoonish God-hates-Fags Christians of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas.
Other than the annual sound & fury of the billowing zealots, a few callers-in to talk radio, or the 'bots hauled down to the Capitol after church by Hutcherson, plus most people don't connect the state capitol with the holidays.
The Governor and the Attorney General, to their credit, never bent despite the threats by Hutcherson, and O'Reilly.
Most Washingtonians just laughed at the spectacle.
The Westboro Baptists asked to include a message that included references to Santa, rape and "God's hate."
Westboro's Shirley Phelps Roper made the rounds of talk radio (Dori Monson, The Commentators) and requested permission to put up a sign titled “Santa Claus Will Take You to Hell.”
(When Ken Schram (KVI m-f 10a-2p) said "Merry Christmas" to Phelps-Roper, she replied, "May you have a merry bloody rectum!").
Other requests affected by the moratorium are a "Flying Spaghetti Monster" display; a Buddhist request; the Festivus display, and a Christian goodwill message to atheists. But the General Administration people decided to hang it up for another year... no more expressions of holiday opinions in 2008.
But they're leaving up everything that's already there: the atheists letter, Rev. Hutcherson's answer, the balloon nativity, the creche, the menorah, and the Pork Rind Madonna.