The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging an inappropriate nativity scene in Manassas, Va., with its own message about the "real reason for the season."
FFRF's 7½-by-3-foot banner states: "At this Season of the Winter Solstice, LET REASON PREVAIL. There are not gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth & superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
The displays are on public property in Nelson Park. FFRF's banner will be up through Dec. 31. The banner was removed temporarily because of high winds, but it is expected to return Saturday evening.
"It is our hope that one day government spaces will be free from religious — or irreligious — displays," said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. "But until then, we will do our best to counter these unlawful displays and remind passersby of the 'real reason for the season' — the Winter Solstice."