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Activism - Page 1
Someone once said, "Organizing
atheists is like stacking marbles." We couldn't agree more. Being
independent thinkers and specialists at critically analyzing any given situation,
atheists' opinions on politics, as any subject, are as varied as opinions could
be. However, when we do agree on something, we can accomplish amazing things.
On these pages
are just some of the projects ACA has worked on in the political arena.
Please note that as a non-profit organization, ACA cannot, and does not, endorse
political candidates (don't even ask!). But on important issues regarding
the separation of church and state we are trying to give voice to atheism whenever
possible, and we have made significant headway. In 2002, our protest against
the explicitly Christian "National Day of Prayer" got as much local
TV news coverage as the prayer breakfast itself, even though there were 1000
of them and about a dozen of us! In January of 2002, ACA held a rally on the
Texas Capital steps celebrating the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's
letter to the Danbury Baptists, in which he coined the phrase "wall of
separation" to refer to the necessity of keeping government out of religion.
One of our primary movers
and shakers in the political arena is Rodney Florence, who has kept us aware
of pertinent issues and informs us on the proper procedures for making our voices
heard. Rodney is also a professional photographer, so we have him to thank for
the many of the photos on these pages. Well done, Rodney!
Here is the Ten Commandments monument
(which, puzzlingly, has eleven commandments on it) that stands on the Texas
Capital grounds. Over the years ACA has been involved in efforts to get this
monument relocated to private land where it doesn't pose constitutional problems.
Before he moved, former Atheist Experience co-host David Clark launched
a campaign he called "Remove the 10," and most recently, Thomas van
Orden, a local church/state separation activist (he is not an ACA member) brought
suit against the state of Texas to force the removal of the monument. The judge
found on behalf of the state since he didn't think that it posed any church/state
separation conflicts. Note the two Stars of David and the Christian "Chi
Rho" symbol near the bottom, which clearly identify this as an explicitly
religious monument. Van Orden is appealing, and the battle goes on....
Join us for the Bat Cruise Lecture, 1:15pm September 27th at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 40th and Speedway. Lecturers will be Richard Carrier and Chris Johnson.
The ACA Bat Cruise is set for Saturday, September 27th, 6-8pm. Purchase tickets in advance here.