Photo of Kelly by Chicago News Bench
FOX News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” discusses conservative activist and Republican candidate for Illinois Comptroller, William J. Kelly, and his attempt to remove the state of Illinois’ atheist display.
The ACLU’s holiday display includes an atheist sign, next to the Christian nativity, which states that “There are no gods… Religion is myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” Kelly said the sign was hate speech and that Governor Pat Quinn and atheists need to attend some “sensitivity training.” The blog, Hot Air, has done a powerful commentary in support of Kelly’s actions arguing against the state of Illinois’ anti-religious bias. Since his attempt to remove the sign, Kelly has been under attack by Illinois officials, mainstream media in Illinois, and some establishment Republican party insiders. Kelly says that he is not surprised that he is under attack from the mainstream media who have a deep bias against people of faith and conservatives in general. “I’m not afraid of them or their criticisms,” said Kelly. “That is why I am standing up for conservative and Christian principles during this holiday season and have every day,” said Kelly.
William J. Kelly is running on a platform to be Illinois’ first “activist” comptroller. He is the former executive director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois. He is also an entrepreneur with an Emmy award-winning TV production company and currently hosts and produces the multi-state sports TV series, “Sportsaholic.” For information, visit www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.
HOT AIR DEFENDS GOP COMPTROLLER CANDIDATE KELLY
But Some Are More Equal Than Others The Freedom from Religion Foundation says it simply wants all religions to be treated equally, including the religion of Atheism. (On second thought, they might object to being called a religion.) If the Illinois state government allows one religious symbol, a nativity scene, in the state Capitol, surely it must allow the religious or philosophical symbols of all other religions: a menorah, a crescent and star, or whatever would symbolize the sincerely held beliefs of atheists… the Great Black Bowling Ball of Oblivion, perhaps. Obviously Mr. William J. Kelly, candidate for Comptroller of Illinois, wildly overreacted and displayed unlawful religious discrimination when he called the simple, heartfelt statement of first principles of the Freedom from Religion Foundation “hate speech” — and dared turn their little sign about so it couldn’t be read, at least temporarily (I’m sure someone would have turned it back eventually):
As to Kelly’s claims that the sign mocks religion, foundation co-President Dan Barker said: “He’s kind of right, because the last couple of sentences do criticize religion, and of course, the beginning is a celebration of the winter solstice. But that kind of speech is protected as well — speech that is critical and speech that is supportive.” Protected, yes; but not necessarily hosted. If the FRFF wants to put up a sign on private property proclaiming the falsity of Christianity and Judaism — or of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Wicca, though those other religions never seem to provoke such Vesuvian eruptions from the FRFF, the ACLU, or the United Separators (sorry, I meant Americans United for the Separation of Church and State) — let them. But if they want to express themselves in a display in a public space devoted (for a time) to celebrations of religious faith, then let them simply state what they believe without mocking, attacking, deriding, or spitting on other faiths.
Read the entire Hot Air commentary in defense of William J. Kelly here: http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2009/12/26/but-some-are-more-equal-than-others/