Fox News has been all over this one for a couple days, and they claim — falsely — to have been the only outlet reporting on it (the Seattle Post Intelligencer had mentioned it by November 29, i.e. last Friday). So you may well have heard about the atheist sign that had been put on display in the Washington state capitol in Olympia, next to a nativity scene and a menorah. America’s religionazis went berserk, as one might expect, and it’s been the talk of the country for a while. Today (Friday Dec. 5), the sign was found to have been missing. It has since been found under mysterious circumstances, as CNN reports:

An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch.

An employee from country radio station KMPS-FM in Seattle told CNN the sign was dropped off at the station by someone who found it in a ditch. …

The sign, which was at the Legislative Building at 6:30 a.m. PT, was gone by 7:30 a.m., [Freedom From Religion Foundation co-founder Annie Laurie] Gaylor said. …

Gaylor said that police are checking security cameras pointed at the building’s entrances and exits to see if they can see anyone stealing the sign.

“It’s probably about 50 pounds,” Gaylor said. “My brother-in-law was huffing and puffing carrying it up the stairs. It’s definitely not something you can stick under your arm or conceal.”

I suspect the “investigation” will be minimal and not lead anywhere. As for the radio station’s possible involvement … who knows? Country stations are one of the three radio abodes for the Religious Right (the other two being talk-radio and gospel), so the station cannot be ruled out.

Curiously, the Republican (yes, Republican!) attorney general of Washington had declared that the atheist sign — no matter how repugnant it may be to Christians — was legal and should remain in the state capitol:

[Governor Christine] Gregoire, a Democrat, and Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna put out a joint statement Wednesday noting that [a prior] federal lawsuit led the state to create a policy allowing groups to sponsor a display “regardless of that individual’s or group’s views.”

The sign may be offensive to Christians, but it is a statement of belief (or rather, of non-belief) which is exactly what nativities and menorahs are, so I cannot see how it could be precluded.

As for whichever Christian (they are, after all, the only likely thieves) briefly stole the sign, may I remind you of a couple of things:

You shall not steal. (Ex 20:15)

You shall not steal … (Lv 19:11a)

You shall not steal. (Dt 5:19)

Was there anything about these that you missed? They’re your own scripture; if you won’t obey these words, who will?

Better yet, religionazis, why not try growing the hell up and keeping your outrage to yourself?

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