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Foundation gets city permit to erect sign next to nativity scene in Nelson Park in Manassas

A Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) Winter Solstice banner has been placed in Nelson Park on Sudley Road in Manassas.

FFRF received a permit from the city of Manassas for its “Let Reason Prevail” banner to counter a nativity scene in the public park. The banner is situated next to the crèche and will be displayed through Dec. 31, according to an FFRF news release.

FFRF’s 7½-by-3-foot banner states: “At this Season of the Winter Solstice, LET REASON PREVAIL. There are not gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth & superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president for the foundation, was quoted in a news release as saying, .“It is our hope that one day government spaces will be free from religious — or irreligious — displays.  “But until then, we will do our best to counter these unlawful displays and remind passersby of the ‘real reason for the season’ — the Winter Solstice.”

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