A protest, several counter-signs and a news conference are the latest in a flurry of activity spurred by a sign put up Monday by an atheist group in the Capitol building in Olympia.Congratulations to the parents, Thesis and Antithesis, whose daughter, Dialectic, weighs a healthy 7 pounds 2 ounces.
Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists and agnostics, put up the sign that says, in part: "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." It was partly a response to a Nativity scene put up nearby by a private citizen.
Update: Of course, in the marketplace of ideas, there are bound to be a few thieves:
The sign was reported missing Friday morning. The sign's sponsors said they didn't take it down.More shenanigans are almost guaranteed to ensue.
State Patrol Sgt. Ted DeHart said the billboard was still on display Thursday evening when the Capitol rotunda building was shut down.
He said there would be no way someone not authorized to be inside could get in the building after it's closed at 6 p.m.
DeHart later said the State Patrol is working to confirm the reports that the sign was turned in to Seattle radio station KMPS on Friday morning.
Update II: And now we're going to have a protest. "Thousands" are expected to picket. Whee!