Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn added one sideline to his piece about Rob Sherman, in reference to his battle with anti-atheist Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis:
“I’ve forgiven her completely and I’m always happy to see her at the Capitol,” said Sherman.
“I give him a hug, he gives me a hug,” said Davis. “We have absolutely made peace. I totally respect his rights as a non-believer and his efforts to separate church and state.”
As for Davis’ comment that “it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy [atheism] exists”?
“That was not the right thing to say and I have apologized to him for that,” Davis said Monday. “I was very upset because someone had just come and whispered in my ear that another child in Chicago had died (and a result to gun violence.)”
And how about Sherman’s response in which he referred to her (not maliciously, he says) as a negro?
Sherman said he has discussed with Davis his subsequent use of the word “negro” to describe her and that matter is settled as well. “We now have an excellent relationship,” he said.
Looks like a pleasant end to that battle…
Though Ben Dreidel asks a couple good questions in the comments:
So, has Monique Davis ever retracted her sentiments that it is dangerous for children to learn of atheism or that we believe in destroying instead of creating?
And if not, is there anyone running against her?
So far, I haven’t heard the answer to those.