We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next! [Read more...]
Massachusetts State Senator William Brownsberger, a Candidate for Congress, Outs Himself as a Humanist
After Senator John Kerry became Secretary of State, Rep. Ed Markey ran for and won his Senate seat. That left an opening in the House, which will soon be filled in a special election this December.
The first stop to that seat is the primary, which will take place next Tuesday.
The Secular Coalition for Massachusetts and Secular Coalition for America have released a scorecard grading the candidates for the 5th Congressional District.
The overall grades aren’t all that newsworthy… one awful Republican candidate, a handful of good Democratic candidates, a smattering of candidates on both sides for whom we don’t have enough information about to see a grade.
But then we get one incredible response from William Brownsberger, a Democratic State Senator:
For some reason, people keep plopping a microphone down in front of Rep. Michele Bachmann and she obliges them by just blathering on about whatever insane crap enters her brain.
Most recently, she went on a show called Understanding the Times and explained how, obviously, President Obama is giving bombs to terrorists and, oh by the way, end times are upon us and Jesus is on his way.
Steve Vincent, a self-described agnostic, supports the separation of church and state, and he was rightfully disturbed by the fact that the Rancho Cordova City Council (in California) opened its meetings with an invocation prayer.
Since it’s a non-sectarian prayer, a lawsuit may be out of the question, but Vincent decided to jump into the fray by getting ordained through the Universal Life Church and signing up on Facebook to deliver an invocation:
“Fortunately, I found the city to be very open and courteous to my request, although they did inquire what church I was with, and they joked a bit when I said they can put me down on the agenda as ‘Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,’” he said.
Vincent spent his time talking about how it didn’t make much sense to have an invocation in the first place. He didn’t represent the faith of other people and they didn’t represent him: