The Seal of Austin, Texas Contains a Cross… and an Atheist is Speaking Out Against It

This is the city seal for Austin, Texas:

Activist Joe Zamecki (who co-founded Atheists Helping the Homeless) spoke yesterday to the Austin City Council about why they needed to remove the cross from the seal. His basic argument?

It doesn’t fairly represent the population of this great city, and our government should never actively promote religion in such a blatant and unnecessary way.

He explains why he argued against the current seal here:

And here’s video of his speech in front of the city council:

Just like the activists in Pennsylvania, there’s no reason anyone can’t do this. It just takes some courage.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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