A Successful Rally Outside the Texas State Capitol

At the Texas Freethought Convention this weekend, there was a rally outside the Capitol building built on the theme of inclusion — in politics, in the workplace, in families, etc.

It wasn’t a bad crowd either, with 450 attendees. Enough to scare off most passers-by, I assume :)

Jessica Ahlquist speaks at the Texas Freethought Convention rally

At the rally, renowned scientist Richard Dawkins read aloud what he calls discrimination in the Texas Constitution.

“Nor shall anyone be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a supreme being,” he said.

While carrying a political tone, organizers say the convention is meant to let other atheists in Texas know they are not alone. Like civil and gay rights, they hope atheism will be more accepted by mainstream America in the future.

Your News Now in Austin has several more images from the rally if you’re interested.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • ZedZero

    She looks like about a hundred pounds of awesome to me.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke, Blonde

    i really can’t believe that has not been successfully challenged. come on TX atheists! eliminating that from your constitution should be your top priority. 

  • ImRike

     “Nor shall anyone be excluded from holding office on account of his
    religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a supreme
    being,”
    That’s easy – I am a very supreme being!

    • amycas

       Damn, you beat me to it. I was going to say,” Of course I believe in me.”

    • eonL5

      I acknowledge the existence of my dog, Lilu — the Fifth Element (AKA Supreme Being).


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