I was just reading a post over at newsbusters hilighting an on-air debate between Bill O’rielly and Megyn Kelly over the Washington state governor Christine Gregoire’s decision to allow atheist signs next to the nativity in the state capitol. I must admit that this is the first I’ve heard of this. Evidently, Gregoire made a statement about discriminating against non-religious displays:
“The U.S. Supreme Court has been consistent and clear that, under the Constitution’s First Amendment, once government admits one religious display or viewpoint onto public property, it may not discriminate against the content of other displays, including the viewpoints of nonbelievers,” the statement said.
I sometimes marvel at how people who should know better simply miss the obvious. She flatly says that she “may not discriminate against the content of other displays” because she allowed a nativity first. Well, I know exactly what I would do. I would go down to the capital and place a big display of Godzilla eating some Japanese folks and breathing fire and claim he is my deity. Uh oh! Somebody beat me to the punch:
Washington state officials placed a moratorium late Friday on permitting any more holiday displays inside the Capitol…
The moratorium in effect denies space to several requests, including one for a sign that says “Santa Claus will take you to Hell” and a “Festivus” pole. Festivus is a mock holiday popularized by the “Seinfeld” sitcom in the 1990s.
Other requests that will be rejected under the moratorium is a Kansas group’s request for a “Flying Spaghetti Monster” display…
What a complete waste of everyone’s time. Our government has lost all vestiges of common sense. It’s freakin Christmas! You know, that holiday that represents the birth of Christ. Of course you can discriminate against atheist signs on CHRISTMAS!!! The vision of the nativity is embedded in the very word for cryin out loud. Please, you militant atheists, either get your own holiday or go put up some anti-religion signs in Syria during Ramadan. Oh, wait. I forgot all of you were too yellow to do something like that. Just shut up then.