Will it ever end? Every day, it seems there’s a new story about atheists and believers sparring over the presence of nativity scenes and Christmas messages on — even near — government property.
Following the deluge of bizarre scenarios, it’s going to be tough for critics to contend that the “War on Christmas” is merely a figment of believers’ imaginations. Now, atheists are taking on a nativity scene in Warren, Michigan, and they’re threatening legal action if the local government doesn’t comply with their demands.
At the center of yet another atheist-led drama is a nativity that is currently stationed inside Warren’s City Hall. If the Christian-based imagery is going to be present, atheists contend that the town must also allow other religions displays that represent different viewpoints.
So, to level the playing field, they wish to post a sign that says (you may recall this same message from other nativity dramas, as this is frequently used by the FFRF):
“At this season of the Winter Solstice, let 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.”
Douglas Marshall, a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is claiming that Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is discriminating against atheists and nonbelievers, while engaging in illegal censorship. So far, the mayor has ignored Marshall’s requests to post the sign.
While the local atheist has apparently tried to place the sign inside city hall, it has been removed, as he does not have the permission to do so. If Fouts continues to ignore the request to place the sign inside of the government building, the FFRF has pledged to file a lawsuit in the coming days.