Every December, we hear about some community or other where atheists are trying to stop public Christmas displays or trying to muscle in on them.

Last year and the year before, atheists in Santa Monica, California, were trying to destroy that community’s decades-long tradition of Nativity displays by rigging the process for distributing display space and taking as many spots for themselves as they could get their hands on.

The atheists used their spaces for displays about evolution, the winter solstice and to bad-mouth other religions.

That prompted the city to cancel the displays altogether under legal threat from the atheists. Fortunately, other community members have stepped up and the displays are continuing on private property this year.

This year, the atheists are invading the Florida state capitol, which is open to all groups that apply to have a display there, as it should be. The capitol building currently shows a Nativity and a giant Menorah. Both are privately funded and maintained, so the state spends no money on them.

The ACLU is considering legal action to have those displays removed.

Meanwhile, though, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s premier anti-Christian hate group, is putting up a banner specifically to mock Christmas. It is due to go up this week and is expected to feature the Statue of Liberty, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and other Founding Fathers “worshipping” the Bill of Rights, which is laid in a manger, making fun of the traditional Nativity scene across the room.

The banner distorts both history and the Constitution to support the atheists’ superiority complex: “Let us also honor the birth of our Bill of Rights, which reminds us there can be no freedom OF religion without having freedom FROM religion in government.”

The First Amendment, of course, says no such thing about keeping religion out of government, but is intended to keep government from establishing a state religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Those are precisely the twin goals of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which wants atheism to be the only allowable public religion, and for all other religions to be forced underground or eliminated altogether.

These same people have put up displays in the Wisconsin and Illinois capitols.

In Illinois, the atheist “holiday” message is a giant letter A surrounded by various signs including one that says, “There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is just a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor said, “We don’t think there should be religion or irreligion in any state Capitol, but if they’re going to start allowing religion and call it a public forum then certainly the non-religious point of view should be there, too.”

Notice how the atheists try to set themselves up as “non-religious” and “irreligion,” when theirs is every bit as much a religion as any of the churches and synagogues they’ve gone up against. The buzz words are part of their ploy to get the benefits of being religiously “offended” in court but keep them exempt from any of the responsibilities expected of other religions, such as not putting up banners dissing the denomination across the room.

Gaylor admitted to the Chicago Tribune that the atheist displays are specifically meant to be a “counterweight” to the Christian and Jewish displays. Gaylor told the Tribune, “The month of December does not just belong to religion or Christianity. We’re made to feel like outsiders in our own community for at least a month every year when Daley Plaza becomes a nod to a religious holy day.”

Note the canard of religious offense coupled to the “outsider” pose.

Atheism has no official holidays of its own, so it has no honest reason for showing up every year with “holiday” displays. Atheists do occasionally dredge up the winter solstice, but that’s just for its value as a weapon with which to offend Christians.

In fact, the sole reason for atheists to put up “holiday” displays of any sort is to attack Christianity and Judaism in an effort to drive them out of the community.

Yet, the FFRF gets away with it and has successfully enlisted the court system in its mission. That strongly implies a high-level official sanction of some sort.

That sort of behavior by any other group would be recognized immediately for what it is: pure hatred and an effort to deprive others of their First Amendment rights.