Winter is probably the last thing on most of our minds; we’ve just escaped its clutches and can finally enjoy the warmth of spring. But while it’s still many months until the Christmas/winter holiday season, a storyline is developing now in Connecticut with important ramifications for how our communities navigate disputes over religious symbols in public spaces — and the different approaches the growing nonreligious population might take to be heard and seen during the holiday season.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of our culture’s most loved holiday stories, of course. But it’s another Dickens classic that best describes what’s happening in Connecticut: A Tale of Two Cities.
In Shelton, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the city for its refusal to allow a member of the community to erect a sign in the city’s Constitution Park countering a display of heralding angels (a reference to the Bible’s account of angels heralding the birth of Jesus). The rejected sign reads “Let Reason Prevail” and goes on to assert, “There are no gods, no devils, no angels.”Read the full article and discuss it »