A group of angry atheists — as if any other kind exists — came after the city of Dover, Ohio, after one person filed a complaint about a nativity scene and the Ten Commandments that were on display on city property.
As you probably already guessed, the group responsible for the threat is the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization based in Wisconsin.
“We also understand that there is a Ten Commandments monument located near Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church that appears to be on city property,” the letter from Christopher Line, an FFRF legal fellow, told Mayor Richard Homrighausen, the Times-Reporter said.
Line said the cross display amounted to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion on public property and that it was unlawful for the city to have a holiday display consisting solely of a nativity scene because it showed a preference for one religion, the paper added. Same deal with the Ten Commandments monument.take our poll - story continues below
Dover’s administration — under threat of a lawsuit — decided to move the Christian symbols from the downtown square to property owned by Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, the paper said in a follow-up story.
Dover’s Law Director Douglas O’Meara said the city would paint over what appeared to be a cross that was part of a choir display that remains on the green next to City Hall, the Times-Reporter said.
As it happens, O’Meara disagreed with the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the items were improperly placed on public property — but that a court case would be too expensive, the paper said.
First of all, the separation of church and state is not what the FFRF seems to think it is. It’s about not having an official Christian denomination for the whole country. It has nothing to do with nativity scene displays. It also has nothing to do with the government being totally objective with no influence from religion.
The FFRF have no problem shoving their humanist worldview down on everyone — which happens to be their very own religion, despite their claims to the contrary — and apparently don’t see the irony in their very own brand of evangelizing.
Perhaps they ought to go back and read firsthand sources of what our Founding Fathers had to say about the influence of religion, particularly Christianity, on government and public service.
It’s impossible to divorce one’s worldview from government. So when these folks say they want religion out of government, they don’t actually mean it. What they mean is they want Christianity removed from government and replace it with secular humanism.