FFRF banner returns to Pennsylvania town

Freedom From Religion Foundation has issued a press release concerning the Heathen’s Greetings banner which was placed on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Read the release, republished below, here:

A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner is going back up in a Pennsylvania town to counter a tradition of religious displays there.

The organization’s Winter Solstice banner was first installed in Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square in December 2012 and then again in January 2013 after it was attacked by a vandal. Several attempts have been made over the years to keep the banner out of the square, but it was unfurled once more this season.

“It is our hope that one day government spaces will be free from religious exhibitionism, and until then we will do our best to counter these displays,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

FFRF’s banner this year states: “Heathen’s Greetings.”

“Christians don’t own the month of December,” adds Co-President Dan Barker.

The Madison, Wis.-based national state/church watchdog has 25,000 nonreligious members na-tionwide with more than 800 in Pennsylvania.

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.