An atheist recently requested the opportunity to deliver an invocation at a meeting of the Sedgwick County Commissioners in Kansas. That atheist was denied because the invocation rules apparently say they can only be delivered by “religious leaders or clergy members of a religious group with an established presence in Sedgwick County.”
In other words, you better be Christian.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a letter to the Commissioners explaining how their rules prohibiting atheists from giving invocations violated the law. It’s possible they could file a lawsuit over it, but they wanted to give the Commissioners a chance to fix the problem themselves first. They’ll have a chance to make things right during a meeting today.
But last night, the Commissioners discussed the letter, condemning the attorneys at FFRF who actually understand how the law works and mocking atheists in general.
“If you don’t believe in (God), that’s fine with me,” Commissioner David Unruh said during the county staff meeting. “I don’t care, go to hell. It’s fine.”
“Are we going to get sued by these people who want us to not believe in God?” Unruh asked Tuesday. “I just keep wondering why are you (atheists) so exercised about trying to prove to me that something doesn’t exist? It’s logically stupid.“
Speaking of logically stupid…
FFRF isn’t trying to get the Commissioners to stop believing in God. They don’t care. (Okay, they care, but everyone can become atheists on their own time.) FFRF just wants the Commissioners to follow the law; it’s that simple.
And if atheists are “fine” with Unruh, then he should be all in favor of atheists delivering invocations.
At the very least, the Commissioners better hope their lawyers give them the right advice. That would be listening to the FFRF in this case.