Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison says the lawsuit-provoking move by a billboard company to take down an ad stating simply "Imagine No Religion" after being contacted by the City of Rancho Cucamonga, advising the company of numerous complaints, has a simple explanation.

I suppose it's only surprising that I'm still surprised. Atheists rank among the most despised groups in the country. Over the decades, more Americans have told pollsters they would far rather vote for Muslims or Jews or Catholics—name your religious minority of the moment—than vote for atheists.

In an editorial, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario adds, City Hall should just stay out of it.