Atheist Says He's Being 'Assaulted' By Street Banner That Says Christmas - Jesus

An offended Snowflake is threatening to sue the City of Eugene, Oregon because of a banner hanging downtown that says, "Jesus, celebrate his birth"

EUGENE, Ore. — A man has threatened to sue city officials in Eugene, Oregon, because of a Christmas banner that he believes is a violation of the separation of church and state.

The banner that stretches above a downtown street advises people to attend church this Christmas and celebrate Jesus Christ.

Rene Salm, a published atheist who lives in Eugene, told The Register-Guard on Tuesday that he has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and is trying to find a lawyer.

“I feel like I’m being assaulted, telling me to go to church and celebrate Jesus,” said Salm, who has published books titled “NazarethGate” and “The Myth of Nazareth.”

Other residents have raised similar complaints, the newspaper reports.

The city allows community groups and nonprofit organizations to install banners for up to three weeks to promote events. The city has designated three spots for street banners.