The Olympian published more than the Spokesman-Review (ya gotta log in) on the tempest in a teapot surrounding the religious and nonreligious displays at the state capitol.
The best parts:
Using a loudspeaker, pastors prayed, sang Christmas carols and criticized Gov. Chris Gregoire for allowing the atheist sign in the building.
"The No. 1 thing is, we want the state of Washington and the governor to represent everyone in the state," said the Rev. Kenneth Hutcherson, the pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond. "But just because you must represent everyone in the state doesn't mean that you put up with intolerance from the people that you represent."
Did your irony alarm just deafen you?
State Rep. Jim Dunn, a Vancouver Republican, called for the crowd to continue their energy and prayers. "It is time to chase out of the house of God all the unbelievers and evildoers," Dunn said.
I had no idea the capitol was the house of God. I'm surprised he didn't cap that statement off by singing, "And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love." After all, if you're going to pander, go full out.
Imagine a display that said:
There is no tooth fairy.
There is no Easter bunny.
There is no Santa Claus.
It doesn't stop there.
Think about it.
Food for thought or controversy?
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