State Capitol to Display Tree, Manger, Atheist Sign

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The holiday tree in the Washington state
Capitol this year will be joined by a Christian nativity scene and
an atheistic billboard.

The Capitol has had a holiday tree for 19 years.

In 2006, it was joined by a menorah sponsored by a Seattle Jewish group for Hanukkah.

That prompted a local man to sue the state to allow the nativity scene depicting Jesus' birth.

There have been no requests for a menorah display this year. But a new addition will be a sign sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation celebrating the winter solstice. The foundation says it will declare, in part, "There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell," and, "Religion is but myth and superstition."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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