A Freedom From Religion Foundation member has placed the group's Winter Solstice sign in the Milwaukee courthouse today for the second year in a row.
FFRF Lifetime Member Edward Susterich delivered the festive display early this morning.
The Winter Solstice sign first went up last year to counteract an inappropriate nativity scene that began appearing in the courthouse in 2009.
FFRF wrote a letter of complaint in 2010 to Lee Holloway, chair of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of its Milwaukee-area members protesting the devotional display appearing in the lobby every December. Then-County Executive Scott Walker helped private individuals place the crèche in the rotunda in 2009. FFRF’s letter went unanswered.
FFRF's Winter Solstice sign, on one side, reads “State/Church: Keep Them Separate,” and on the other says:
“At this season of the Winter Solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
“Fifteen percent of Milwaukee County is nonreligious. This is their courthouse, too, supported with their tax dollars, and if religion is going to be there, there has to be ‘room at the inn’ for the nonreligious perspective,” commented FFRF Co-President Dan Barker.
FFRF extends warm thanks to Edward Susterich for his activism.