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Boston-area atheists unfurl holiday banner on Boston Common

BOSTON (AP) — Boston-area atheists have unfurled a holiday banner on the Boston Common.

The banner reads: “May the Light of Reason Brighten Your Season! Happy Holidays from your friendly neighborhood @bostonatheists.”

The message was installed Saturday near Park Street station on the common.

Boston Atheists board member Zachary Bos said in a statement that 2018 has been a “brutal year.” He said that helped prompt the decision to place what he called “an uplifting message, a message of good will from nonbelievers, addressed to any person who reads it — nonbelievers and believers alike.”

The unfurling comes days after a Nativity scene was briefly displayed at the Massachusetts State House.

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The group says they’re not offended by Nativity scenes or Christmas trees, but want the chance to get their message out too.