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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Wisconsin: "There Are No Gods"

Superblogger Ann Althouse noticed a sign near the "holiday tree" in the Wisconsin state capitol building.

While I understand that this sign might be a necessary concession to the athiests who protested the presence of a "holiday tree" on state property, I wonder at what point this becomes hate speech. The holiday tree is pretty much a cultural symbol, after all, and makes no literal religious statement, whereas this sign is an affront to anyone who believes in a higher power.

I wonder if we will see some other signs now. What about a sign posted by the state government during Gay Pride day reading "You are not born that way, nor do you have tendancies or natural homosexual instincts. There is only heterosexual attraction. Same-sex love is a fabrication that corrupts hearts and spreads disease." The two signs would be about equally inaccurate and unsubstanciated.


  • I don't think it's a "necessary concession" at all; it's just as attainable a statement as, say, Roy Moore's 10 Commandments, or the 16-foot menorrah at my state capitol. Some do feel these things to be tantamount to hate speech.

    As for the hypothetical sign at the Gay Pride event, that too is attainable. Whether these things are in good taste is a separate question.

    By Blogger portia, at 4:48 PM  

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