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Edwin Kagin, Kentucky State Director, American Atheists, Inc.
I WAS BORN AN ATHEIST JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE
To Unidentified Recipients:
Just couldn’t believe it, so I wrote to the reporter at the
Could you please verify?
First line of today's story about the start of the 2008 Senate < http://www.kentucky.com/454/story/280739.html > :
"The political squabbles started less than an hour after the state Senate kicked off its work year listening to a rendition of 'Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.'"
Naturally, they will say that this, if true, is not an attempt to unconstitutionally “establish a religion.”
Are these the words?
”O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free:
Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu'rors we are!
His word shall not fail you He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well.
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
If that is not religious, one wonders just how it might look if they were religious.
We are a nation of laws, not a nation of sins.
National Legal Director
American Atheists, Inc.
Toll Free: 877-814-9287
(AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for nonbelievers; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.)
Well, it was true.
And if that is not enough of a dose of constitutional awareness for
Bill in the works for public school prayer
Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, said he is working on the bill at the request of a
"It's a work in progress as we speak,"
"That's what we're looking into," he said while walking through the tunnel that connects the Capitol Parking Garage with the Capitol Annex. "Hopefully we'll have something that will meet the needs (of the supporters.) I really believe that part of the problem is we've already got some things on the books that most people don't realize are there. So we are trying to take all that into consideration before we draft a bill."
"I'm not ready to give a lot of information, because like I said, it's a work in progress."
"But I think I have to come up with some type of legislation because I've got quite a few (people) in my district that are interested in this,"
He said the
"Through door-to-door signature drives, booths at local events and letters to hundreds of churches all over the state, the congregation of Lawrenceville has caught the attention of legislators in Frankfort," according to the statement.
"People want this,"
Rep. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, who often clashes with conservative lawmakers over religious-oriented legislation, said Adams is "pandering" with the bill and said the General Assembly should be focused on other issues.
"We're facing a $400 million hole in the budget," Stein said in an interview.
"We have more than likely cuts in (public education) we are going to have to make.
"We are not properly funding our universities, yet (
"Children can pray in school right now so long as they aren't disruptive to the class," said Stein, a lawyer.
"This is just - the word pandering comes to mind."
And while that scoff law behavior is going on:
Kentucky makes the New York Times, with “In ’s Teeth, Toll of Poverty and Neglect”: Kentucky
But fear not, for in
From reader Jan:
Subject: 10 C’s back in Garrard County Courthouse
Here we go again.
This display features ONLY stuff on the 10 C's - and they evidently think that makes it more
kosher? Oh, yeah, it is the business of the Garrard County Court to educate citizens on the 10
funded entities to do the church's job.
According to Garrard County Judge Executive, John Wilson, this display is supposed to “educate the
public on the history of the 10 commandments.” That publicized statement alone just lost them
10 Commandments Hung Monday In KY Courthouse
The halls of the
A new ten commandments display was unveiled Monday morning, after the fiscal court voted
unanimously to place it in the courthouse.
Garrard County Judge Executive John Wilson says this one is much different from a display that had
to be removed last year, after it landed the county in court.
"The other display hung by previous administration and was a collection of historical documents,
one of which was the 10 commandments," he said. "This is a different one; it is educational. It's
to educate the public on the history of the 10 commandments."
court battles. He says it shows both sides of the controversy.
Note: all of this can be easily avoided, and persons desiring the Ten Commandments are invited to go to www.edwinkagin.com , where it is written,
“…Those who feel they cannot refrain from robbing, murdering, raping, stealing, etc. without this Bronze Age code to guide them can now have their very own copy by printing out this thoughtfully offered document in ready- to-print-and-frame form, which can be easily enlarged or reduced as desired.
Readers can now "Hang Ten" everywhere they can find wall space to do so.
If everyone has their own copy to read or worship, and every child has one to put on the front of their school binder, we should not need to have further fuss over such debated issues as unlawful postings in schools, court houses, and other public places. Some may want to paper their homes with them.
And, if the theory of those who want them displayed everywhere is correct, then crime, immorality, and all nature of bad things should soon disappear….” Edwin.
Also from reader Jan:
In 2000, The Association of Religion Data Archives reported that of
33.68% were members of evangelical Protestant churches Southern Baptist Convention (979,994 members, 24.25%) Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ (106,638 members, 2.64%)
(46.57% UNchurched! Woo Hoo!!!)
Charles Chilton Moore (1837 - February 7, 1906) was an American atheist, and the editor of Blue Grass Blade, one of the
C. C. Moore's grandfather was the 19th century religious reformer Barton W. Stone.
Charles Chilton Moore is buried in
[*Jailed in Lexington for blasphemy...in prison in Ohio later for charges of publishing "free love" statements in the Blade - with the Ohio sentence being the one pardoned by McKinley.]
Also, AA held their 1984 convention in
Addendum from reader Jan:
Might note that those stats are from 2000. I'm sure the religion demographics have become even more varied since then.
We have a fairly good sized Muslim population in
There are numerous Pagan/Wicca groups all over
The Baha'i have churches in
HELL (pun intended) even the Kentucky Satanists are trying to organize MeetUps < http://satanism.meetup.com/cities/us/ky/louisville > and < http://satanism.meetup.com/cities/us/ky/louisville >.
So, there are a lot of "others" out there besides the Gawdless Infidels. And those good legislators are supposed to be representing ALL of us.
From Samantha of England (a country about the size of
Subject: Blasphemy law 'may be abolished'
"The government has signalled that it will bring
forward plans to repeal the law of blasphemy, in an
effort to head off a rebellion by Labour MPs.
Ministers are hoping to persuade backbenchers against
backing a motion calling for the immediate abolition
of the ancient legislation.
They say they want to talk to the Church of England
before scrapping the offence of blasphemous libel.
But Labour MPs have been told the government is
sympathetic in principle."
Perhaps there is hope yet for us...
It is suggested that copies of “Baubles of Blasphemy,” by Edwin Kagin, be sent to this poor county in missionary boxes to aid in the emerging enlightenment. Edwin.