Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Good Example of Why Atheists Feel Persecuted by Christians

Religious bigots are trying to use an illegal provision in the North Carolina State Constitution to oppose an Asheville, N.C. elected official who is an Atheist.

Last fall, Cecil Bothwell won a position on the Asheville, N.C. City Council. During the swearing-in ceremony last Monday, however, Mr. Boswell -- an Atheist -- chose to not place his hand on a bible, or swear an oath to a deity. This has outraged opponents, including religious bigots who are trying to use a provision in the North Carolina State Constitution that automatically disqualifies anyone "who shall deny the being of Almighty God."

This provision violates the Constitution of the United States; and it is unlikely that Mr. Bothwell's intolerant opponents could prevail in the legal arena. Nevertheless, this story has spread in media throughout the country, and fueled another round of debate over whether Atheists, Humanists, and other nonbelievers are "really citizens" of the United States!



"NJ lawmakers ask MTV to cancel 'Jersey Shore'
Thu Dec 24, 6:50 am ET

TRENTON, N.J. – MTV is getting more pressure to cancel its "Jersey Shore" reality show.

The latest criticism comes from the New Jersey Italian American Legislative Caucus, which says the show promotes derogatory ethnic stereotypes and is "wildly offensive."

In a letter sent Tuesday to the president of Viacom, MTV's parent company, caucus chairman Joseph Vitale asks that the show be immediately taken off the air.

The state lawmakers also have asked advertisers to boycott the show, which focuses on eight tanned 20-somethings and their escapades in Seaside Heights, a popular New Jersey beach town.

On Wednesday, a Viacom spokesman referred a request for comment to an MTV spokesperson, who did not immediately respond. MTV has said its intention is not to stereotype or offend."

Hey, g, looks like the attack on the First Amendment isn't always tied to religion. Why weren't these guys bellyachin' when "The Sopranos" were all the rage on the tube? Mafioso must be cooler than a group of 20 somethings. I haven't seen this show, and don't intend to, but where does this end?

csm said...

It'll never end. TV "networks" can air ridiculous garbage at will (and they will continue to do so as long as folks watch it). And people can complain and ask for anything they want.

And I fail to see how this has anything to do with attacking the first amendment and religion?????