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Tag: Christmas wars


It’s beginning to look a lot like a Christmas truce

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

The Christmas wars may take a breather this year, at least around these parts.

Down in Olympia, the atheists are back, but better behaved. A Seattle man has applied for permission to erect a 18-by-30 inch sign that says, “In this holiday season let us remember that kindness, charity and goodwill transcend belief, creed or religion.”

Hard to disagree with that. The message is a far cry from last year’s provocation, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation’s placard that mocked religion as superstition and led the state to evict holiday displays from the Capitol.

Apparently, it’s easier to throw jabs from five states away than from down the block. This year’s sign is sponsored by Jerry Schiffelbein, the treasurer for Seattle Atheists, who readily acknowledges the black eye atheists gave themselves.

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Boot Capitol displays, don’t deter gatherings

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Officials at the state Department of General Administration desperately want out of the Christmas wars, and who could blame them?

The agency has had the dubious pleasure of refereeing the annual ritual of rival creeds jockeying for space at the state Capitol in the hopes of outdoing one another.

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