Who is this mysterious out-of-state group paying for anti-Christmas billboards in Denver?
They are a "nontheist" group determined to aggressively push their version of church-state relations.
Atheism--or nontheism as some prefer--has been underground in the Christian West for centuries.
In early America it was even accounted a public scandal to be marked a deist let alone an atheist.
But the proper history of American atheistic and humanistic emphasis on separation of religion and state is found in the latter half of the eighteenth century.
A small group of anti-Christian secularists pushed for a Constitutional Amendment to settle this issue once and for all. They wanted to remove church and ministerial tax-exemptions, military chaplaincy and anything else that purportedly violated the First Amendment.
Fast-forward one-hundred years to 1978. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) was incorporated in Wisconsin. It is a national organization of "atheists, agnostics and skeptics of any pedigree." Of the 16,000 members of FFRF, 500 are Coloradoans.
Its two-fold goal is to defend separation of church and state and to educate the populace about "nontheism."
What do they do besides put up billboards in Denver?
These are a few things: "Files lawsuits! Publishes the only freethought newspaper in the United States, Freethought Today. Promotes freedom from religion with educational products..."
This same group has filed in court against Colorado's Day of Prayer. Recently they appealed their failed court challenge.
It is interesting that this organization is heavily involved with lawsuits.
In contrast, during the first one-hundred years of the US Constitution, lawsuits against the prevailing Christian practices of days of thanksgiving, chaplaincy or Sunday laws were rare. The prevailing ethos was pro-Protestant. And the laws reflected that ethos.
Today there is no prevailing Protestant ethos. At this rate, the FFRF may become more successful in the future. Perhaps they will follow their predecessors and push to remove church tax-exemptions and the military chaplaincy.