Christian Science Monitor mention

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A new article in The Christian Science Monitor titled “Winter Solstice prompts gatherings of druids, spiritualists, and doomsday partygoers” mentioned the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s holiday freethought banner which was placed on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre following city approval.

The byline of the article reads,

The winter solstice was celebrated at Stonehenge in England – and New Hampshire – Friday morning, Dec. 21, 2012. In Pennsylvania, atheists marked the winter solstice by hanging a banner next to a nativity scene.

Within the article, the Citizen’s Voice article in which I was pictured and interviewed was mentioned:

In Wilkes-Barre, Penn., a banner proclaiming religion a myth has joined a Nativity display and menorah in a northeastern Pennsylvania town square.

Two Wilkes-Barre men paid a $50 fee to hang the banner supplied by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the same public square that the town’s Christmas tree has been erected.

The banner reads, in part, “At this Season of the Winter Solstice, Let Reason Prevail.”

Justin Vacula and Rodney Collins paid the fee for the banner’s display. The NEPA Freethought Society members say the city is being courageous to allow diverse viewpoints.

Vacula tells The Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre that atheists are entitled to share their views if religious displays are allowed on public land.

A city spokesman says Wilkes-Barre can’t discriminate and endorses no religious beliefs.

Read the full article linked above.

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