Last year the Florida State Capitol Building became home to a Nativity scene, a Festivus Pole, three signs from atheist groups, and an homage to the Flying Spaghetti Monster:
City Council Votes Down Mosque Saying It Can’t Be in Retail Space… Months After Approving Church in Retail Space
On Monday night, the Kennesaw City Council (in Georgia) voted down a proposed Islamic center located in a strip mall… but even that was an obstacle in itself:
… when the time came, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews had trouble getting the council to take a vote at all. No member would second the motion to proceed.
After several very awkward pauses, the council finally voted. Four of the five members voted “no”.
Why would they say no when the Muslims fulfilled all the requirements of any group looking to acquire the space? Council member Debra Williams (below) made clear this had nothing to do with anti-Islamic prejudice:
In a not-at-all-watched runoff race for the Austin City Council in Texas, candidate Laura Pressley posted a graphic on her website explaining the differences between her and her opponent Gregorio Casar.
Most of it goes after his age and inexperience rather than his ideas — which suggests to me she has no ideas of her own worth fighting for — but she also highlights his faith as a problem: