Atheist Sign Is Hate SpeechPosted by Phil Ferguson on December 23rd, 2009 – 11 Comments – Posted in Uncategorized
Mr. Kelly is a candidate for comptroller for the state of Illinois. He grabbed a sign put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and turned it upside down, according to the story from channel 2 news. My Kelly was escorted from the capitol by police.
William J. Kelly announced Tuesday that he planned to take down the sign put up by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and on Wednesday, he tried to make good on his plan.
Mr. Kelly said the sign was “hate speech”. Really? He also said that it is not ok for such a sign to be near a xmas tree. Would that make the tree and Idol? hmmm…
“I don’t think the State of Illinois has any business denigrating or mocking any religion,” Kelly said, “and I think that’s what the verbiage on the sign was doing.”
Text from the sign
”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 myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
Maybe not the softest message. Is it also a little nasty to tell everyone that if you don’t believe that you will burn in hell forever? I find Mr. Kelly’s view and statements offensive. How about this gem.
“The fact that sign was immediately in front of the tree, I found that to be disturbing because any family and any child would run up to that tree with a smile on their face, and they would immediately see that sign,”
NOOOO…. I child being exposed to different world views – how can we let this happen. If your god is not strong enough to survive examination then it may be time for a new god.
Maybe we should just have the state get out of the business of putting up a nativity. Problem solved.