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Anti-Atheist Bigot Gets to Be "World's Worst Person" for a Day

Posted by libhom Sunday, April 13, 2008

Kudos to Keith Olbermann for speaking out against anti-atheist bigotry. Hat tip to reason and reverence.



Here are the bigoted comments that show just how far this country needs to go to deal with its Christian supremacy. According to Rob Sherman's website, the offending politician later apologized to him by phone, but how could something like this happen in the first place?

The following exchange between atheist activist Rob Sherman of Buffalo Grove and Ill. Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) took place Wednesday afternoon in the General Assembly as Sherman testified before the House State Government Administration Committee.
I know from experience that many of you will side with Davis (update -- apparently I was wrong! ), but I ask you to consider what the outcry would have been if a lawmaker had launched a similar attack on the beliefs of a religious person.

Davis: I don’t know what you have against God, but some of us don’t have much against him. We look forward to him and his blessings. And it’s really a tragedy -- it’s tragic -- when a person who is engaged in anything related to God, they want to fight. They want to fight prayer in school.

I don’t see you (Sherman) fighting guns in school. You know?

I’m trying to understand the philosophy that you want to spread in the state of Illinois. This is the Land of Lincoln. This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God, where people believe in protecting their children.… What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous, it’s dangerous--

Sherman: What’s dangerous, ma’am?

Davis: It’s dangerous to the progression of this state. And it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists! Now you will go to court to fight kids to have the opportunity to be quiet for a minute. But damn if you’ll go to [court] to fight for them to keep guns out of their hands. I am fed up! Get out of that seat!

Sherman: Thank you for sharing your perspective with me, and I’m sure that if this matter does go to court---

Davis: 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.

Davis is hardly the only anti-atheist bigot in the Democratic Party. When a federal appeals court ruled that the Pledge of Allegience should be restored to the version before "Under God" was added, then Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle called the ruling "crazy."

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