Again the city and the religious leaders do not see how hypocritical they are being. They claim the display is offencive and harmful, yet they don’t see the same about their displays. They insist on their displays, not caring if you do not believe as they do, or even if placing it on government property is illegal. Some said he should have placed it up in February and not in december, as if they owned the month or the holiday. It is clear they do not even know or care about the history of the holiday. I like the passerby who said there is freedom of speech, but wanted the free speech of the atheist monuments curtailed while having no problem with the religious symbols and speech. Also she said the teacher just wanted publicity, well what does she think the religious items are being displayed for? They do not even see how bigoted they are acting. It is like they have incredible blinders on that keeps them seeing what is so clear. That is why we have to keep doing everything we can to fight these displays, fight with legal action every attempt to push religion in the public areas, and get the word out loud and clear on what we stand for and why. We can not let them bully us, deny us our rights, or refuse us our rights by having more financial resources. Let’s stand together on this, let’s support the teacher and his attempt here with all the strength we can. Thank you. Hugs
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A 300-pound metal sculpture of a satanic pentagram, erected as an atheist protest to a public park’s Nativity scene, was severely damaged on Tuesday when i
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that government agencies can allow religious displays on public property, but if they do, they cannot discriminate. Both the Nativity scene and the Pentagram were installed with city permits.
A group of local religious leaders — 14 ministers, two rabbis and the president of the city’s mosque — placed a banner next to Smith’s sculpture criticizing its placement.
“The use of satanic symbols is offensive and harmful to our community’s well-being,” the banner reads. “We find it a shameful and hypocritical way to advocate for freedom from religion.”
The city issued a statement saying that while it respects Smith’s free-speech rights, it doesn’t support his message.
“In years past, the seasonal, religious displays in Sanborn Square have contained messages projecting the themes of peace, forgiveness and harmony,” it said. “This display appears to be more about shock value, attention and challenging our commitment to constitutionally protected free speech rather than promoting goodwill, respect and tolerance during the holiday season.”
Passer-by Judy Hill, a retired information technology worker, decried the vandalism but didn’t think Smith should have erected his sculpture next to the Nativity scene.
“I know there is freedom of speech, but there is a time and place for everything,” said Hill, a Methodist. “He just wanted to get publicity and he got it.”