The controversial atheist unChristmas sign in the state capitol took a ride this morning - stolen, apparently, by a KMPS radio listener, who drove it from Olympia and dropped it off at the Seattle station. Host Ichabod Caine later turned it over to authorities, he told Fox News - the network of conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly, who helped stir up reaction to the sign earlier this week.
The sign was installed Monday by the local chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. At one point this week, Gov. Christine Gregoire, who allowed the display, was getting about 200 protest calls an hour and a torrent of e-mails.
Radio host Caine said he didn't condone the theft, but thought the sign was itself mean-spirited and the atheists ought to get a sense of humor. (He'd expressed such sentiments on the air, apparently prompting the thief to deliver the sign to the studio). "Religion hardens hearts and enslaves minds?" Caine said, referring to the sign's words. "I would think that even atheists wouldn't believe that, do they?"