"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell [the bible] teaches us how to run all our public policy and everything in society." Rep. Paul Broun (R)
When some complain about the 'persecution of xians' and censorship of xian religious beliefs in modern America, they seem to forget that they and other religious groups ARE allowed to put up signs and monuments and banners on, not only church property, but in store fronts, along highways - as long as the sign is on privately-owned land and all manner of other locations with the exception - which is what seems to drive some folks crazy - of government land and buildings.
However, atheists seem to have problems putting up signs, even when they are paid for, for some strange reason.
This sign was rejected by the County of Lackawanna Transit System
Capitol One has a website that allows you to pick an image for your credit card but they don't like the following:
Atheist Symbol Rejected By Capital One, But Jesus Is Preapproved
After five months of back and forth negotiations, atheists in Ohio finally got to see their billboards
and these are signs that have been paid for by private groups or individual. The difficulty in posting such "offensive and controversial" signs is just part of the reason there are legal objections to religious statements and/or monuments on government land or buildings, no matter which belief is represented. Those who reflexively hate 'libruls' should try, difficult I know, to understand that many of us would and do object to any and all religious symbols on government property - with one exception, on the grave markers of deceased military. The marker and the cemetery may be government property but each marker is representative of that individual who lies beneath it. Of course, it took years for the military to accept atheist symbols on those markers and it was only in 2007 that the Wicca symbol of a star within a circle was accepted.
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822