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Random reason to be glad I don’t live in Chicago

Perhaps I’m a bit touchy, but as an atheist (not to mention a big believer in the First Amendment and that whole crazy notion of Church-State separation) this pissed me off:

“Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) interrupted atheist activist Rob Sherman during his testimony Wednesday afternoon before the House State Government Administration Committee in Springfield and told him, ‘What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous . . . it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!

‘This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God,’ Davis said. ‘Get out of that seat . . . You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.'”

She’s not my representative, she represents constituents thousands of miles away from me, but for a civil servant and an employee of the public to behave in such a way is disgraceful.  If Ms. Davis really feels so vehemently opposed to Atheism, perhaps she ought to step down.  Aside from the whole “separation of Church and State” thing we traditionally have going here in the US, if she can’t work with her non-Christian colleagues and constituents, then perhaps she’s not fit for the job.

A more complete transcript is here.

(Hat tip to Thirdpower from Days of Our Trailers and Eric Zorn of Change of Subject.)

Posted in Politics, Religion/Atheism.

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  1. Michael says

    … I hate people.

  2. Meagan says

    Oh no, the horror of children knowing that people actually believe different things! So much for tolerance and acceptance. She should be bitch slapped and I’d be quite happy to do the honors.

  3. Citizen Jane says

    How is this different from the attitude of radical, fundamentalist Islamists toward the rest of us Infidels? It’s such a tiny step from hatred to murder.

    A woman who seeths with irrational, emotional hatred and clearly feels righteous about it has no business in public office.

  4. The Tarquin says

    Agreed, all around.

    Meagan – If the chance arises for someone to get a well-earned bitchslap, I now know who to call.

    CJ – This is what happens when one group (in this case a certain stripe of Christianity) claims a monopoly on morality. That’s why, as you pointed out, it’s seen in radical religious sects like fundamentalist Islam.

    Because I’m a philosophy geek, I just had to make a syllogism out of it:

    1.) All morality comes from deity X.
    2.) Therefore anyone who doesn’t derive morality from X doesn’t HAVE morality.
    3.) Those without morality are criminals.
    4.) Criminals should be punished.
    5.) Who don’t believe in X can’t derive their morality from X.
    6.) By 1,2, and 5, non-believers have no morality.
    7.) By 6 and 3, non-believers are criminals.
    8.) By 7 and 4, non-believers should be punished.
    5.) Therefore, by People who don’t believe in X should be punished.