Brad Shannon over at the Olympian reports. Go here for the full story.
A Seattle-based atheists group asked state officials for permission today for an outdoor display on the Capitol Campus.
Jerry Schiffelbein, treasurer for Seattle Atheists and activist in other free-thought groups that want a separation between church and state, said the message is less confrontational than what went up last year. It will say:
“In this holiday season let us remember that kindness, charity and goodwill transcend belief, creed or religion.”
The request to display the sign near the Capitol’s outdoor Tivoli Fountain is under review along with a request to erect a Jewish menorah near the fountain.
The Department of General Administration has already approved a third request from Chabad Jewish Discovery Center in Olympia for a nine-foot-tall menorah in Sylvester Park, a state-owned property in downtown Olympia. There are just a few questions about how and where to run power to the nine electric lights on the second menorah by the fountain, Rabbi Cheski Edelman said. Edelman asked for both menorah displays.
All three requests are being handled under a new policy adopted this year after a ruckus over holiday displays inside the Capitol. The new policy bars anything but government-sponsored displays — including this year’s 40-foot noble fir “holiday tree” in the Rotunda — inside state government buildings on the campus.