(Sign from the Springfield Illinois “holiday” display)
KELLY TARGETS ILLINOIS CAPITOL’S ATHEIST SIGN
GOP candidate for Comptroller Encounters Resistance from Police at Springfield Capitol
(SPRINGFIELD) – On Tuesday, GOP candidate for comptroller, William J. Kelly, announced his intention to remove the atheist display at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield. “Especially during the Christmas season, we need to stand up for ourselves as Christians and for what we believe in. We cannot allow groups like the ACLU and others continue to mock, disparage, and tear-down religion or religious people,” said Kelly. “This is true hate speech and that is why I plan to personally, physically remove the sign.” The atheism sign is purposely situated near the Nativity scene and in front of the Christmas tree, which the Capitol calls a “holiday tree.”
On Wednesday at 11:00 AM, fifteen police officers were waiting for Kelly at the Springfield Capitol, guarding the atheist display. As soon as Kelly touched the sign and attempted to remove it, the officers escorted Kelly and filed a report against him before ejecting him from the Capitol building.
Kelly will be issuing a statement shortly.