"At this season of the winter solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." This is the text of the "winter solstice display" in the Washington state capitol.
Don't get me wrong; I'm sure ALL atheists aren't "intolerant pinheads." I will opine, however, that supporters of the above statement being displayed on government property qualify for that designation. How did I get there? Let's see...if this group wanted to put up a sign with a similar message opposite a Ramadan display, I doubt that Gov. Gregoire would allow it. I don't know if they have a Ramadan display in Washington's state capitol, but they do elsewhere, and I doubt that idea would fly anywhere. Why? Because it's patently offensive.
The statement could have just celebrated the winter solstice for what it is, instead of denigrating religious beliefs. Increasing awareness of the history of human knowledge of the day, and the different effects it's had on humanity is a worthy endeavor. However, this statement doesn't "celebrate" the winter solstice at all. It is a blatant attack on people who believe in any God at all, even if they aren't Christian.
Gov. Christine Gregoire has shot herself in the foot politically, by allowing this. Now, some people are fighting for a "Festivus" display. I'm in favor of that, because it's not as offensive as the winter solstice statement, which speaks in broad strokes about "gods" and "devils." Festivus wisely steers clear of the "god" issue, poking fun at the "holiday ritual" aspect of this time of year, and commercialism, among other things (link). Will the Governor allow the "Festivus" display? Not likely.
I don't like to be combative at Christmas time (OK, maybe I do), but I'm glad that somebody is protesting these pinhead atheists, and the pinhead governor that allows hate speech to be displayed as a "celebration" of any holiday. So, in the Washington state "holiday" spirit, I want to say "Merry Christmas to intolerant atheist pinheads everywhere, and to the pinhead enablers of their hateful message."
PS: Remember that Jesus wanted to reach out to those that didn't have faith in God. In other words, people just like these atheists are most deserving of our forgiveness. "They know not what they do" comes to mind. In the true spirit of Christmas, I wish that all people will have love, and not hate in their hearts during this "winter solstice season." That would be a truly Merry Christmas!