Second testimony before the Mobile County Commission (August 7, 2014)

Screenshot of WKRG 5's interview with me after the Mobile County Commission meeting
Screenshot of WKRG 5’s interview with me after the Mobile County Commission meeting
On August 7, 2014, I testified again before the Mobile County Commission with a proposal to open up Mobile Government Plaza as a public forum and allow other individuals and groups to request to put up their own plaques representing their views. I urged the Commission to approve the requests from the Mobile Atheist Community for a plaque with “In Reason We Trust” and the request from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile for a plaque with “COEXIST”. I delivered a petition with over 100 signatures and 30 comments from local Mobile residents in support.

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First testimony before the Mobile County Commission (June 19, 2014)

Screenshot from Local 15’s report about the Mobile County Commission meeting

On June 19, 2014, I coordinated public testimony and testified before the Mobile County Commission against a resolution to display a plaque with the motto “In God We Trust” in Mobile Government Plaza. I told the Commission that the motto excludes the Mobile residents that are polytheists and believe in multiple gods and goddesses and atheists that do not believe in any gods. I urged the Commission to display the motto “E Pluribus Unum” instead because it represents all Mobile residents regardless of religion.

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Speech at the Alabama Rally for Secular Government at the Alabama State Capitol (May 3, 2014)

During my speech at the Alabama Rally for Secular Government at the Alabama State Capitol. Photo Credit: Christiane Robinson.

On May 3, 2014, I helped organize and spoke at the Alabama Rally for Secular Government at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. I gave my speech on the topic of retribution against activists for the separation of church and state from the public and the government. I brought up the hate mail that plaintiffs in Establishment Clause cases have received and the attempts made by state legislature to remove the anonymity of the plaintiffs and make bringing lawsuits against government officials a misdemeanor. I quoted James Madison’s warning in his letter to Thomas Jefferson on how the Bill of Rights was intended to protect the rights of minorities from the will of the majority.

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Talk on church politicking at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile (February 16, 2014)

After my talk with Pastor Rhett Ellis of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile. Photo Credit: Christy Scott.
After my talk with Pastor Rhett Ellis of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile. Photo Credit: Christy Scott.
On February 16, 2014, I gave a talk at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile on the topic of church politicking. I brought up the history of the Johnson Amendment, Americans United’s lawsuit against the Church at Pierce Creek in Binghamton which successfully revoked the church’s tax exempt status, the Alliance Defending Freedom’s “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” urging clergy members to defy the ban, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service for failure to enforce the ban.

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