A Manchester native has had a hand in the first-ever Atheist holiday banner at the Iowa State Capitol.
Justin Scott, a 2000 graduate of West Delaware, serves as the Iowa state director for American Atheists. Scott helped design the new banner, which was installed in the Capitol’s rotunda on Wednesday.
The American Atheists’ banner reads, “This season, no matter what you celebrate or why, Happy Holidays from your atheist neighbors”. It joins a display that features the founding fathers looking down on the Bill of Rights in a manger that was created by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and sponsored by Iowa Atheists & Freethinkers. This marks the first time in statehouse history that two atheist/secular displays have stood together over the holidays.
Scott says the goal of the atheist banner is to promote inclusion during the holidays. He says he hopes all visitors to the statehouse feel welcome regardless of their beliefs.
(photo courtesy of Justin Scott)