The Alabama Freethought Association brings a sign denying the existence of God to the steps of the state Capitol in response to Governor Fob James' promise to tolerate opposing viewpoints alongside his Nativity Scene.
The front of the sign says:
"There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but a myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds
— Anne Nicol Gaylor; president, Freedom From Religion Foundation."
The back says "Thou shalt not steal" to discourage Christians from stealing the sign, a fate suffered by many similar signs around the country.
Adam Butler tells reporters:
"If, during the next few weeks, we are indeed given equal access and our sign is allowed to stay, then we do not oppose the Nativity scene's presence here — at least not from a legal standpoint."
The AFA will, however continue to oppose Fob James' decision to personally bless the Nativity scene.
Carol Faulkenberry says:
"It was not placed here as a religious symbol. It was placed here to tell you that our state governor approves of Christianity as our state religion and we oppose that."