Atheists and Christians wage sign battle in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda


In not-exactly-news, Wisconsin’s evangelical Christians still can’t stand atheists and atheists feel roughly equivalent toward the evangelical Christians but they haven’t come to beating each other up (yet).*

The Concerned Women of America (CWA) put up a display in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda to glorify their Lord and Master Jesus Christ – as is their right. In response the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up its own message – as is their right.

I had forgotten about the sign battle but was reminded yesterday after I ran into this little FOX And Friends interview of certified gun nut turned certified Christian mouthpiece Wisconsin Director of “Concerned Women for America” Kim Simac.

Simac comes off as a well-adjusted human in this video.

Simac says, “..I hope that they’re happy for us because we are happy for them.” “…We wish them well. We wish that they would see the beauty that Jesus Christ brings to our life but if they choose to follow a different path then that is their perogtive…”.

Based on this video alone, you would NOT think she was former president of the Northwoods Patriots, an organization which talked up the threat of a United Nations takeover. Or that she ran against Wisconsin state Senator Holperin in a recall election or that she’s a gun nut and the author of a book for kids age 7 and under called “With My Rifle by My Side”. Or that her son, nicknamed “Shooter”…

OK, OK. I’ll stop. I’m sure you get the idea.

Anyway, the latest on the sign is it got dramatically mangled by some vandal who didn’t get Simac’s memo on tolerance.

According to the FFRF web site, “A man wrested FFRF’s foamboard sign, which was securely taped to an easel, and violently mangled it in front of passersby. Capitol security was quickly summoned and gave chase, but the vandal got away.”

(Man! All the chases in the Capitol and I’m never there to see ’em. One of these days…)


From the FFRF facebook page:

FFRF is leaving on display — as evidence of the divisiveness of religion in government — its mutilated sign saying “Nobody died for our sins,” which was vandalized by a fanatic before noon today in the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.

FFRF has affixed a new statement on top of the mangled sign:

“Why is this sign so mutilated? Somebody, presumably somebody who disagreed with our message, tried to destroy our sign. Apparently, this person believes the Capitol is a public forum for Christianity only.

If you don’t think religious messages should be displayed on government property, join the club! We don’t think they should be, either. But as long as religious groups use the Capitol to proselytize, FFRF has a right to respond to their message. Religion is divisive. It belongs in churches, not the State Capitol. Keep religion out of government.”

If I may offer the CWA and FFRF a creative suggestion:
This sign stuff is silly.
Bump it up a notch and stage a cage match between your two camps in the rotunda with pay per view on cable/satellite. All proceeds must go to replace the $1 billion plus that Walker yanked from public schools and teachers through his budgets.

I’m not sure if you want to do faux combat in the manner of celebrity wrestling or real to-the-death stuff – but either way – you know the crowds would love it.
Consider it! Do it for the children!

* I realize that not all FFRF folk are atheists. It’s just easier to say “atheists” in a title rather than “atheists, skeptics, agnostics, constitutionalists,…”.


4 thoughts on “Atheists and Christians wage sign battle in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda

  1. One can’t help wondering whether the capitol police would have apprehended the sign vandal if he’d been singing….

  2. The cage match idea is silly. FFRF couldn’t care less what people believe. They just want them to abide by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which says government shall remain neutral toward religion. It doesn’t endorse one religion over another or religion over nonreligion. The idea that Christians are being persecuted in the U.S. while having 20,000-member megachurches is hilarious.
    The CWA display went way beyond expressing fealty to Jesus. It had literature and DVDs containing sexist, classist and scientifically inaccurate information on abortion and birth control, information that if taken seriously could have have severe negative effects of people’s lives. And no, fetuses aren’t people.

    • Please excuse the typos above. I’ll add that FFRF isn’t trying to insinuate atheism into public spaces. Its displays are always in response to the evangelicals’ attempts to push the myth that America was founded as a Christian nation. Our founding documents are secular in nature.

  3. Thanks.

    Wish more evangelists would actually read scripture.

    Matthew 25:

    37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

    38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

    39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

    40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

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