To the Editor,
When the Brunswick County Commission voted to put “In God We Trust” on police vehicles they voted for religious bigotry over religious liberty. This seemingly innocuous phrase to some is in violation of the separation of church and state and is a form of religious coercion to nonbelievers. It may be legal, but it is not moral. When the Commission said it is to show “integrity” and being “morally correct” they imply nonbelievers are not moral when all the scientific evidence shows just the opposite. In fact, only 0.0261 % of people in prison are atheists.
Today 25% of people are nonreligious, the fast growing demographic and larger than Catholics. Moreover, 39% of Millennials are nonreligious. Hardly insignificant anymore.
Leave religion out of government. How would people react to, “In Allah We Trust”, or “In Satan We Trust, or “In Zeus We Trust?” The Founding Fathers created a secular government after observing centuries of religious wars in Europe. The original motto of the United Sates was “E Pluribus Unum”, or “One Out of Many.”
The Brunswick County commission chose a tyranny of the majority putting one religious belief over all the others, clearly proselytizing, clearly disparaging nonbelievers, and clearly shoving narrow religious beliefs down people’s throats for no other reason than religious domination. Honor religious freedom and individual conscience for all and take down the signs. “To Serve and Protect” is just fine as a sign on police cars.
~ Michael Werner
Note: Michael Werner’s Letter to the Editor was originally published in the StarNews. You can read it online here; scroll down to the bottom of their page to find Mike’s letter.
Author Joseph Becker to Host Tandem Book Events for Children and Parents
Author J. R. Becker, founder of the Annabelle & Aiden children’s book series, will present a story time and book-signing for children, and an evening program for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone with children in their lives.
Story time and book signing: Saturday Nov 18, 3pm, Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Ave, Wilmington
Author reception and program: Saturday Nov 18, 6:30pm, The Art Factory, 721 Surry St, Wilmington
The Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) will host children’s book author J. R. Becker for two book events on Saturday, November 18. Continue reading
The Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) will host nationally recognized writer, blogger, and secular activist Herb Silverman for a reading and discussion of his recent book, An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land. The program will be held at Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington, NC, on Sunday, September 17, at 5pm.
Silverman deals with issues of American culture, politics, and religion, in An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land, from the perspective of a secular atheist outside the mainstream of today’s Republican South. Silverman is known for his original and humorous perspective on the secular movement in the deeply religious Republican South.
Wilmington’s March for Science was short on only one thing: time.
With 750 sign-carrying marchers, a packed auditorium, and an overly-ambitious roster of speakers, organizers opted to cut the pre-March program short. That left half a dozen speakers on the rally equivalent of the cutting room floor.
Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear is the official sponsor of the March for Science – Wilmington, which anticipates a crowd of 500 science-loving locals for a rally at Roland Grise Middle School and march to Hugh MacRae Park. The march will merge with the annual Earth Day Festival at the park, where HFCF will have a booth. HFCF’s support of the march aligns with the organization’s pledge to welcome all people with an interest in promoting science-based reasoning, social justice, secularism, environmentalism, peace, and personal ecological responsibility.