FFRF banner stolen from police station lawn in Belle Plaine, Minn.

After being up for less than 24 hours, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice banner was stolen from the front lawn of the Belle Plaine (Minn.) Police Department on Saturday, Dec. 19.

FFRF reported the misdemeanor theft to the police and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).

The “Let Reason Prevail” banner was placed on the city property to counter a Christian nativity scene. The banner read: “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 & superstition that hardens hearts & enslaves minds.” The city had already decided to no longer allow nativity scenes or other displays on the police department grounds in the future.
Another FFRF banner was stolen from the grounds of the Franklin County courthouse lawn in Brookville, Ind., in early December.

In response to the thefts, FFRF has begun a “Resurrection” pledge drive to help replace stolen or vandalized signs or banners. The pledge kicks in only when there is need for a replacement. You can contribute directly by clicking here. FFRF already has received more than $600 in pledges. 

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