CHICAGO - A nine-day prayer vigil at Chicago’s Daley Plaza, marking the Christian community’s celebration of Jesus’ resurrection is being countered by atheists calling for separation of church and state.
For eight years “Jesus in Daley Plaza,” which features a 19-foot tall cross and a 10-foot tall image of the resurrected Jesus, has been displayed as an expression of faith by private citizens in the Daley Plaza public forum.
This year, a counter-demonstration says “Keep State & Religion Separate” stood near the Christian groups’ display. The Christians appeared unaffected by the opposing opinion.
"We want to deliver a positive message honoring the risen Christ. We stand ready to defend Christians around the country that they may continue freely proclaiming the good news of Christ's death and resurrection,” a representative of the Thomas More Society said via press statement.
"The atheists have the freedom to speak their message, too, a statement from Thomas More Society said.
"But what they don't realize is that their negative display actually heightens and reinforces the Christian message of the hope that Christ brings.”