Atheist Sign Is Hate Speech

Posted 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.

  1. Caymen Paolo Diceda says:

    Get over your bigotry, Mr. Kelly. Lack of religion is just as valid in this country as your religion. “None” as a religion is the fastest growing part of the population, so if you want to be elected you better start paying attention. Your action is hate.

  2. Michael says:

    Kelly supports free speech, as long as it’s speech he agrees with.

  3. Blend and Stirred says:

    Mr Kelly zombie lover needs a reality check. The universe isn’t a virtual reality game with an ‘end boss’ who will cast you to the next level ‘Disney World Unlimited’ where you are brainless, pointless and nothing is real. Stupid primate.

  4. Max Fagin says:

    It’s a shame the full text of this sign is to long for a tweet…

  5. Ron says:

    This being an informed voter stuff sure is hard work….I’ll have to put Mr. Kelley in the religious zealot category section of my “Do Not Vote For” list. This sign is one of the reasons that I now give money to FFRF.

  6. William L. says:

    If you’re as informed a voter as you seem to be, I’m betting that “Do Not Vote For” list of yours is a pretty long list, and getting longer by the day–perhaps you’d save lots of time if you kept a “Do Vote For” list instead.

    What’s really disturbing is the fact that the number of people like this idiot Kelly seem to multiplying exponentially–as time goes by, more & more are coming out of the woodwork–they are everywhere!

    The whole ‘dumbing down of America” plan that was launched in the late 60′s has apparently done it’s job all too well because what we are seeing are the results of that plan. Those children of the 70′s, 80′s & 90′s are now the adults of today–behold the products of our public education system!

  7. Well, the bigger and broader story is that the police did their job, protected the display and it still stands proud as a sign of diversity of opinions. Good job by most involved.

  8. BrianB says:

    I completely agree with comrade Kelly’s demand for censorship.
    Oh my, der Fuhrer would be so proud if he could only be here to witness this!

  9. Charles says:

    Here’s a novel idea. No anti-religious statements on state property, AND no religious statements on state property. None. Either way. The halls of government are no place for religious (or anti-religious) statements.

  10. Bartimaeus says:

    @ Charles- that is exactly the position of the FFRF. I have heard Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker say that on their radio show/podcast. You’ll also notice that they only place signs in statehouses, etc. that have already placed religious items on display on/in public property.
    I think FFRF would be happy not to have to bother with these signs.

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