The new sign is about as friendly as you can get while still broadcasting religious unbelief. Happy fluffy clouds in the background with a very simple question in the foreground, clearly directed at those who are already skeptical of theism. Nevertheless, it feels almost inevitable that the hate mail is going to come rolling in, telling us to love America or go back to France, and decrying our so-called ‘militancy’ in daring to put the word out that we actually exist.
Maybe, though, I’m being too cynical about my fellow Oklahomans. Maybe they will simply shrug and say something like, “Hey, it’s a free country. Everyone gets to speak out and worship (or not) as they please.” Perhaps they will recognize that the Bill of Rights protects those of minority faiths and no faiths, just as it protects everyone else. Maybe my fellow citizens will take a stand for the most fundamental American principles of freedom of speech and conscience even when those freedoms are exercised by someone other than the usual suspects. Perhaps we secularists and freethinkers will be tolerated in the spirit of liberty by those who claim patriotism and love for the “land of the free.” We might should say a prayer to that effect ... to all the gods who'd care to listen.