Ernie Chambers (below) is the highest-ranking openly-atheist politician in the country right now. The African-American Nebraska State Senator served for 38 years (beginning in 1970), making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history, until he was term-limited out in 2008. When he was eligible to run again in 2012, he did so and won easily.
Over the years, he’s had several public battles against religion. In 2007, he famously sued God just to make a statement. In 2013, during a filibuster, he remarked that the Mafia has higher standards than the Catholic Church hierarchy because if their members were “raping children, they’d off them.” That same year, he expertly took down an “ex-gay” man as well as a Christian psychologist making arguments against pro-LGBT legislation. And last year, he introduced a bill that would force churches to pay property taxes.
So when he’s in the news, you know something interesting is going down.
This week, Republican State Sen. Bob Krist was part of a 5-2 majority in the Judiciary Committee that voted to support a ban on employment discrimination. The bill would now go to the full Legislature. Excellent!