Sacramento Freethought Day will be celebrated in California this Sunday and, just as they’ve done in the past, organizers asked the Mayor’s Office and Governor’s Office to issue a Proclamation marking “Freethought Day.”
This is last year’s proclamation, signed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a similar proclamation last year.
For some reason, though, Gov. Jerry Brown refuses to extend the same courtesy this time around:
… Brown’s office sent an email informing the group he would not issue a message for them.…
“We’re very disappointed. This is a slap in the face,” said David Diskin, organizer of the Sacramento Freethought Day. “He supports National Day of Prayer but not a day that celebrates separation of church and state.”
This is yet another example of how atheists are treated differently from the religious, Diskin said. He believes their proclamation was rejected because many of them are atheists.
Brown’s people had enough time to send the atheists an email saying “We won’t do it,” and enough time to send the Sacramento Bee excuses for why they didn’t do it, but not enough time to basically copy and paste the same proclamation used before?
You just know they wouldn’t have hesitated if this were a Christian group.
The atheists plan to mark the rejection by displaying a collection of past proclamations… along with one empty frame, “symbolizing the one they did not receive from Brown.” Brilliant idea. Make sure Brown’s name is visible on the frame, too. That’ll make for a perfect little photo op.