Dear Governor Gregoire,
As an atheist and former resident of Washington State, I am watching the protests over the Capitol holiday display with great interest. While I do not agree with the decision to allow religious symbols in a government building in the first place, I applaud your recognition that such an allowance necessarily opens the door to all who want their views represented.
If certain Christian groups want their nativity display, all other groups must be invited to participate. Once the decision was made to permit the nativity scene, allowing other groups to contribute to the display was the right decision.
By permitting the atheist sign and now refusing to bow to public pressure bent on its removal, you are demonstrating your commitment to represent all Washingtonians. This takes great courage and conviction, and I am deeply impressed with your fortitude.
I just wanted to say thank you.
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