August 17, 2013

Action Alert: Urge Obama Administration to Support Church-State Separation

In a recent post, I suggested that we ask ourselves what the top priority of the secular movement should be. As far as I am concerned, the top priority of the secular movement is the separation of church and state. This may or may not be the top priority of the atheist movement, but I suspect it is at least one of the top few.

With that in mind, I'd like to bring your attention to this petition at the White House's We the People site. Essentially, it calls on the Obama administration to withdraw their amicus brief supporting legislative prayer in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway and uphold the separation of church and state.

I know a few of my readers have somehow managed to convince themselves that President Obama is a closet atheist despite considerable evidence to the contrary. This is wishful thinking without much basis in reality. What we see in this case is that the Obama administration has taken sides on the issue of legislative prayer, and they are not on our side. Instead, they are urging the Supreme Court to allow prayers during government meetings.

For more information about Town of Greece v. Galloway, I refer you to this post at Friendly Atheist. The Supreme Court is expected to hear this case in October, and it will have obvious implications for those of us who value church-state separation.

You can take action here.

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