The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“I’m an athe­ist and I vote.” — New ad­ver­tis­ing slo­gan from the Free­dom from Re­li­gion Foun­da­tion to draw at­ten­tion to “the ex­plod­ing sec­u­lar vot­ing de­mo­graphic” and for the group’s new pub­lic cam­paign “to en­gage mil­lions of non­re­li­gious vot­ers and en­sure the voices of the fastest-grow­ing mi­nor­ity group in Amer­ica are heard in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.” used by Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Bi­den in the U.S. Capi­tol. Other fea­tures on dis­play will be an iconic bust of Abraham Lin­coln, a por­trait of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, deep-blue car­pet with the pres­i­den­tial seal and cur­tains in the rich ochre color that first lady Pat Nixon once called “Cal­i­for­nia gold.”

The ren­o­va­tion was made pos­si­ble by a gift from real es­tate in­vestor Ge­orge Leon Ar­gy­ros, for­mer U.S. am­bas­sador to Spain and owner of the Seat­tle Mariners through­out the 1980s. Mr. Ar­gy­ros says he hopes the project will in­spire vis­i­tors “to learn from our his­tory, ap­pre­ci­ate Amer­i­can civics and shape bet­ter fu­tures for them­selves and oth­ers.”

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