When it comes to religion and government in this country, it should be pretty simple – don’t mix the two. The separation of church and state shouldn’t be a complicated issue. Yet we still continually see politicians, especially conservative ones, try to mix religion in with government policies or events.
And by doing so they’re in direct violation of the First Amendment.
Well, in Nebraska, an individual from the group Omaha Atheists expressed concerns over a Memorial Day event titled “Faith and Family” that was sponsored by the city of La Vista.
Group member and La Vista resident Robert Fuller approached La Vista Mayor Douglas Kindig with his business card requesting to discuss his concerns about the event. Sadly, Kindig apparently wasn’t at all interested in anything Mr. Fuller had to say.
According to Fuller, Mayor Kindig allegedly told him, “Take me to f*cking court because I don’t care.” Aren’t those some fantastic “Christian values” being put on display from La Vista’s mayor?
But he didn’t stop there. Kindig allegedly also said, “Minorities are not going to run my city.”
Now what did he mean by that? It’s unclear. Maybe he meant just a “minority” opinion by an atheist group in a town that’s predominantly Christian. Maybe he literally meant any kind of minority – who knows. Either way this was in no way an acceptable response from an elected official.
If the town was indeed sponsoring some kind of religious event for Memorial Day, that’s unconstitutional. I couldn’t care less what kind of ignorant opinion Mayor Kindig might have about “minorities” or anything else for that matter. Our First Amendment creates a barrier between church and state.
Meagan Wilson, president of Omaha Atheists, said of Kindig’s alleged comments, “Mr. Kindig’s comments are insulting and dismissive of the rights of citizens to bring concerns to their elected officials. He clearly has strong opinions about this topic, but we are saddened and concerned that he would rather demand legal action that wastes taxpayer resources than have a respectful conversation.”
See, that’s the problem with these people. They claim they’re “proud Constitutional Americans,” yet they seem to have absolutely no trouble violating our Constitution whenever it doesn’t correspond with something they think should be legal.
It’s the conservative way, I guess.
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