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USA: Indiana Atheists Erect “Oh Come All Ye Faithless” Sign in Government Building

Sunday 22 December 2019, by siawi3

Source: https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/12/21/indiana-atheists-erect-oh-come-all-ye-faithless-sign-in-government-building/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=BRSS&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=361

Indiana Atheists Erect “Oh Come All Ye Faithless” Sign in Government Building

By Hemant Mehta

December 21, 2019

For the second year, if you visit the County-City Building in South Bend, Indiana, you’re going to see this pleasant holiday display… that may upset people after they figure out what it actually says:


Northern Indiana Atheists
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????Oh come all ye faithless!????

Seasons greetings! Today was an exciting day for NIA and allies as we put up our newest display at the County-City building in South Bend, Indiana. The Tolerance Tree honors many diverse groups who have been systematically ignored for over 50 years. As atheists, we know what it is like to be misunderstood and ignored. We wanted to showcase the diversity that makes South Bend, well, South Bend!

Happy holidays, no matter how you celebrate it, from all of us here at NIA

The “Tolerance Tree,” which reads “Oh come all ye faithless” and “Even Heathens Celebrate the Season!,” is sponsored by the Northern Indiana Atheists. They took advantage of a policy, generally used to promote Nativity scenes, that allows outside groups to sponsor displays in the government building during the holidays.

The group said their goal was to make sure residents saw more representation than just Christianity:

“We just want people to get along and understand each other,” said Kelly Pickell. “The first step is being able to tolerate each other. Ideally, the ultimate goal is to have acceptance for one another so we can be a true community. Tolerance is the first step in that.“

That’s the sort of holiday spirit anyone should be able to get behind.