On Monday, the City Council of Cape Coral Florida held a vote to maintain their practice of holding religious invocations at the start of their meetings. At the very same meeting, they threatened Atheists in attendance with arrest if they wore their t-shirts, which proclaimed themselves to be Atheists.
Why do American Christians hate their Constitution so much?
Arresting someone because of a t-shirt is a violation of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Is it not?
Answer by beeky at 10:57 AM on Dec. 17, 2010
What most people don't know is that the Pledge of Allegiance did say "One nation, indivisible" until 1954. Congress added "under God" because of communism. Anyways, back to the story. What I don't get is how they were going to arrest them for wearing the shirts. What were they going to charge them with?
Answer by JeremysMom at 10:50 AM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 10:46 AM on Dec. 17, 2010
That is irony at its finest. Finding the t-shirt that doesn't hold any religious message or any hateful message at all offensive, yet voting to continue government-sanctioned prayer at public meetings? I agree with the following statement from the original link:
Why this is disturbing: A city mayor along with his city council is steadfastly supporting government prayer while trying to eject Atheists simply for being Atheists.
It is very disturbing. Ignore the First Amendment, hold a prayer, rather than a moment of silence, and target Atheists for wearing a t-shirt with such an innocuous message?
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:15 AM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:33 AM on Dec. 17, 2010
It offends me. But we have to allow them their freedom whether we agree or not. [christy_lvr]
Why and what exactly offends you? The t-shirt with the original pledge or the city council opening with a religious invocation? One action is Constitutional and one is not.
I'm guessing they would try to charge them with disturbing the peace, which from what I can tell, they were not doing.
Answer by SpiritedWitch at 10:59 AM on Dec. 17, 2010
Answer by kerp1960 at 11:00 AM on Dec. 17, 2010
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Answer by pam19 at 1:04 PM on Dec. 17, 2010