A group of atheists and agnostics has placed a sign at the Capitol building that says, in part: “Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

The sign, sponsored by the Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, is in part a reaction to a Nativity scene put up in the Capitol by a private citizen.

“Non-believers are a part of the fabric of America and we claim our place at the table to exercise free speech and freedom of religion, which includes freedom from religion,” said Dan Barker, 59, the foundation co-president who came from Madison for the sign’s unveiling.

Both the foundation’s sign and the Nativity scene will be on display till Dec. 29.

Copyright © 2008 The Seattle Times Company

Seems to me to be a great opportunity to share your beliefs with one another and open some interesting dialogue. The danger comes in to play when you refuse to listen to the other party. Too often I hear comments like ” I can’t believe they would let someone post a sign like this!”. Well news flash folks, we don’t live in a Christian nation anymore and there’s more of them than there are of us. My response to this is not one of tolerance but one of opportunity. It’s amazing what God will use to open the door for someone to be drawn to Him. Don’t brow beat or Bible thump this holiday season, show the love of God through your actions and your giving. It’s not up to us to change their minds, it’s up to us to be the example! Merry Christmas to all!


About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

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