This is an amusing reversal. Connecticut Valley Atheists put up a Winter Solstice sign in the town square, in the same place that was reserved for Hanukkah displays and nativity scenes, and while some people think it’s just fine and fair, others are freaking out.
On Friday, a town crew erected a larger Christmas tree, 10 feet from the atheists’ three-sided display. Mayor Jason L. McCoy said that the intent was not to block the view of the atheists’ display, but to place a larger Christmas tree in a prominent position in the park. He said he directed town staff to purchase a larger Christmas tree and to “find a spot in the middle of the green. That’s just where it happened to be.”
Asked if placement of the tree was intended to obscure the atheists’ display, McCoy responded, “Of course not.” When told that it appeared to be blocking the display, McCoy said, “Oh, really; that’s unfortunate.”
The mayor says he’s reconsidering the city’s policy. Some of the religious leaders are saying it’s a good thing because it’s making people talk about their faith. The wacky ones are claiming they see a cross in the atheist’s sign.
It’s so darn easy to blow a narrow mind.
There are more photos of the sign at the Connecticut Valley Atheists site.