December 5, 2008
Atheist sign stolen from Wash. capitol
A sign calling religion a
myth that was on display in the Washington state Capitol was stolen and taken to a Seattle radio station overnight.
The sign was grouped with holiday religious displays including a menorah and a nativity scene in the Capitol rotunda, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said. Employees noticed it was missing Friday morning and then found it was at KPMS, a country music station, Sgt. Ted DeHart of the Washington State Patrol.
Media reports about the sign had made it a national issue. This week, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, and state Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican, released a joint statement saying that the Constitution requires that all viewpoints must be represented if religious symbols or statements are allowed on government property.
DeHart told the Post-Intelligencer that investigators are unsure whether the sign was taken while the area was open to the public. But he said he is sure of one thing -- whatever the rights or wrongs of the sign, its removal was a crime.
They're taking something that's not theirs, he said.