National Atheist Agnostic Association Asks Kay Ivey To Quit Preaching

by | Dec 30, 2017 | Alabama News, Breaking News

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National Atheist Agnostic Association Asks Kay Ivey To Quit Preaching

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is asking the Alabama governor to quit preaching on the state’s official social media accounts.

Claiming concerned citizens contacted FFRF to report that on December 25th, the official Alabama governor’s Facebook page posted a religious message and Governor Kay Ivey’s 2017 Christmas message video.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charity, is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), and has been working since 1978 to keep religion and government separate.

The post read:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation believes that a government entity, the office of the governor cannot endorse religious messages. These religious messages violate the Establishment Clause by communicating that the department and the state of Alabama prefer religion, specifically Christianity, over nonreligion and all minority faiths.

“The Supreme Court has long recognized that the First Amendment ‘mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion,'” FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel writes to Ivey. “When you use your office to promote exclusively religious messages, you have violated this neutrality.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation believes that a government entity, the office of the governor cannot endorse religious messages. These religious messages violate the Establishment Clause by communicating that the department and the state of Alabama prefer religion, specifically Christianity, over nonreligion and all minority faiths.

“The Supreme Court has long recognized that the First Amendment ‘mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion,” FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel writes to Ivey. “When you use your office to promote exclusively religious messages, you have violated this neutrality.”

FFRF asserts that the Facebook post conveys a message to non-Christians that they are not “favored members of the political community,” to quote a landmark Supreme Court decision. These citizens should not be made to feel like outsiders in their state because the government they support with their taxes prominently places religious endorsements on its social media page. While many Alabamians may support these religious sentiments, a significant proportion is excluded. Overall, 24 percent of Americans identify as religiously unaffiliated, and nearly 30 percent are non-Christians, either practicing a minority religion or no religion at all.

Of course, the law does not prevent a governor from recognizing Christmas, FFRF points out. However, the Supreme Court has said that the “government may celebrate Christmas in some manner and form, but not in a way that endorses Christian doctrine.”

“Wishing people good will and good cheer is all fine on Christmas, but not this overtly religious homily that the governor felt fit to send forth,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “She’s insulting residents of the state who aren’t Christian by such sectarian preachiness.”

FFRF asks that the religious post be removed from the governor’s official Facebook page.

National Atheist Agnostic Association Asks Kay Ivey To Quit Preaching

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