US mayor equates atheists with Nazis
Oh, and the Ku Klux Klan
THE American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan and two other groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction against a Michigan city’s ban on an atheist booth in a municipal building.
The groups said the Detroit suburb of Warren lets a church group run a “prayer station,” distribute religious materials, discuss religious beliefs and pray with visitors in a City Hall atrium but refuses to let atheist Douglas Marshall use the same space.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation also are part of the lawsuit in US District Court that says Marshall’s request in April to install a “reason station” was rejected by Mayor Jim Fouts (above).
Said Dan Korobkin, ACLU of Michigan deputy legal director:
Once the government opens public space for use by private groups, it cannot pick and choose who can use the space based on the content of their message or whether public officials agree with that message.
The city cannot allow speech supportive of religion and reject speech supportive of atheism.
Fouts told The Associated Press last Wednesday that Marshall’s “reason station” would be diametrically opposed to prayer.
The city has certain values that I don’t believe are in general agreement with having an atheist station, nor in general agreement with having a Nazi station or Ku Klux Klan station. I cannot accept or will not allow a group that is disparaging of another group to have a station here.
Just so you know, Mayor Fouts, 71 recently suffered a brain bleed when he fell down jogging. Whether this prompted his idiotic outburst is anyone’s guess.