FFRF members in Conn. continue to display freethinking banner


The Freedom From Religion Foundation is continuing the “important town tradition of sharing freethought and humanist values with all residents of Shelton,” as FFRF member John Levin puts it.

With a controversial history of being challenged by the city of Shelton, Conn., and being vandalized, the Winter Solstice display to counter religious paraphernalia in a city park has once again been put up by FFRF members Jerry Bloom and Levin.

The banner carries FFRF’s message, coined by FFRF’s principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor. It was composed as an equal-time challenge, following divisiveness over religious displays in governmental places. It reads:

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.

“We are very pleased with the resilience of our members keeping our message going,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “There must be ‘room at the inn’ for irreverence and freethought.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with more than 35,000 members, including hundreds of members in Connecticut. Our purposes are to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.

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