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Politician sues state over atheist sign

Do these words offend you?

At the time 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 just a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.

They are the subject of a lawsuit brought by William Kelly, a candidate for Illinois Comptroller, against the state for allowing a sign with the above passage to be placed in the Capitol Building next to a Nativity scene and a decorated Christmas tree.

According to the complaint, the sign was placed there by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.  When Kelly turned the sign face down, he was escorted out of the building by Capitol police, the complaint states.  Kelly seeks an injunction prohibiting the sign or similar signs from being placed in the Capitol Building.

Read more here, including a copy of the complaint.

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3 Comments

silkysoul said:

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Wow! Freedom from religion gets you detained and possibly arrested. Hhhhmmmmm.....

silkysoul said:

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I guess I shoulda said "Protesting 'Freedom from Religion...." Ha!

jack said:

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What the Supreme Court made fairly clear is that if a public space is an open forum, the State can't determine the content of the speech there. So, this state politician either has to realize that the atheist sign is allowed or the legislative authorities also have to bar the creches and menorahs.

As in many of these cases, apparently he has money to blow to get his publicity, while the dismissal probably won't be reported.

Also, on the political beat, it appears that Mr. Kelly is being trounced by Judy Barr Topinka. What was he thinking?

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