Battle of the banners: Opposing holiday messages on display downtown

One of the signs encourages people to celebrate the birth of Jesus and go to church. The other celebrates the winter solstice and reads, 'Tis the season of reason.'

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 6:37 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2018 10:07 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- There's a battle of the banners happening in downtown Eugene, with two banners hanging with two different messages.

One of the banners is on Willamette Street and the other is on Oak Street. One encourages people to celebrate the birth of Jesus and go to church. The other celebrates the winter solstice and reads, 'Tis the season of reason.'

KEZI 9 News spoke with Eugene resident Charles Jones, a member of the group who put up the secular banner on Willamette Street. Jones said his message is just as important as the other's.

"For the last couple years, there's been a Christian banner presented and when there's only one religious display on public land, it gives the impression of state-sponsored religion, so I wanted to make it clear that that's not true," he said.

Eugene resident Julia Linebarger-Taylor said the different messages are good because they promote diversity.

"I like it," Linebarger-Taylor said. "I think it's honoring diversity. We could probably add a few more banners to honor other belief systems. It isn't all about the Christ birth."

Jones said he plans on having his banner on display every year as long as the Christian banner is displayed.

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