PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A group of secularists has placed a "seasonal banner" in the State House to celebrate the 410th birthday of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams.As usual at the ProJo, the comments are extra-special.
The Humanists of Rhode Island erected the 2-foot by 5-foot banner on the State House's second floor on Monday. It's intended to be a reminder of the separation of church and state and Rhode Island's founding as a place of religious freedom.
The humanists also say the banner is a "counterpoint" to the Christmas trees and Jewish menorah now on display at the Statehouse.
The group's president, Steve Ahlquist, says Williams would be "appalled" by recent controversy over the State House Christmas tree.
Governor Chafee's decision to call the tree a holiday tree in past years prompted angry protests. Chafee backtracked this year.