An atheist banner is promotion of religion but a nativity scene i
Ellwood City (PA) Mayor Anthony Court has stated that a Christian Nativity (or creche) isn't really what it is. It's not religious, but basically a bunch of random statues. That's is what he called that, statues. Nothing religious, I guess. Why did he say that? Because he didn't want to have a banner that read, ""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."
Now, I personallly, though a strong supporter for humanism and church/state separation, think the "hardens hearts" part is a bit much. I would leave that out, but anyway, the action by this mayor to deny this banner and state that it is unlawful because it is a religious "doctrine" statement, while allowing a nativity scene, is laughable on its' face. All the time government promotes religion. God on our currency, coins, Pledge of Alle iance. A national day of prayer. Where is the national day of reason? Mr. Mayor, just man up and say you don't like atheism and maybe atheists themselves. I will give you credit for that, at least.