Local news station WFSB reports that Jerry Bloom, the resident who has been trying to get approval to display the atheist sign in Shelton for years, but was not allowed to do so until now, says he’s happy that freedom of speech has won. “We’d like an agreement, they’ll continue to honor freedom of speech,” Bloom said. “You’ve permitted viewpoints to be expressed in this public forum, you cannot deny me the same right, they did,” he said. “That’s censorship, first amendment violation, freedom of speech.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the secular group behind the sign, celebrated last week when news came out that Shelton will allow the atheist banner to stand. The banner reads in full: “At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.” FULL REPORT