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Olympia Religious Displays
How ironic this whole issue is being debated in Olympia - the old Greek gods must be laughing at us now...
I sent the following letter to the governor:

Dear Governor Gregoire:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the rights of non-Christians, agnostics, and atheists in this state. The holiday displays in Olympia have gotten way more publicity than they should thanks mostly to the flogging of this issue by the religious right. I suppose soon we will have to put up with an entire menagerie of displays, symbols, and signs by the thousands of religious organizations, cults, or covens that also have an interest in such public exposure.

My advice would be to kick them all out!

Separation of church and state should mean just that. As an atheist I am tired of the religious right having their way on these issues. If they have the right to promote the mythic belief of virgin birth and resurrection as fact (rather than metaphor as the original mythology was intended), then surely we freethinkers (the direct intellectual descendants of the founders of this country) have the right to display a simple and direct rebuttal. Enlightened and progressive thinkers founded our democracy, but each new generation must fight the reactionary forces of superstition and intolerance. But you know all that. Atheists are a minority, but so are
the bible-thumpers. Most folks just want to live and let live, and are far more concerned with other matters. It continually amazes me how much energy some people exert over such issues.
In any case, I wish you and your family a very happy solstice holiday!


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