Mississippi Politicians Need Reminder About Secularism

Mississippi State Capitol building
By Allstarecho (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

As you know, the question of whether to change Mississippi's state flag has been receiving considerable attention in our state recently. When asked about his thoughts on changing the flag, Attorney General Jim Hood had this to say to the Associated Press:
You've got to ask yourself the question: What would Jesus do in this circumstance?
This is coming from our state Attorney General in his official capacity as Attorney General, a position in which he is tasked with representing all Mississippians. Is he unaware that there are plenty of us here in Mississippi who have little interest in what Jesus would do?


Marriage Equality Comes to Mississippi

Rainbow flag breeze21
Benson Kua, via Wikimedia Commons
When it comes to civil rights, Southern states do not have the best record. Again and again, we seem to require federal intervention to force us to do the right thing.

I have long wondered whether Mississippi would be the last state in the U.S. to ban same-sex marriage. Given that we are the most religious state in the U.S. and that "most religious" means not only most Christian but most evangelical fundamentalist Christian, I figured this was a good bet. At the same time, I held out hope that Mississippi would not have the opportunity to earn such a distinction.


Revisiting Mississippi's Flag

Mississippi flag

Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel was recently quoted as saying the following on the subject of our state flag:
The price we pay to live in a free society is to occasionally be offended. A cultural or historical cleansing of all things potentially offensive will do nothing to alleviate the problems caused by racism. To pretend otherwise is a disservice to serious discourse on the subject.
Perhaps he's right. But those of us who would like to see Mississippi change the flag are not trying to avoid the opportunity to be offended. That is not what this is about at all. It isn't even about political correctness.


Mississippi Atheists on Reddit

RedditI have been using Reddit for awhile, but I had no idea that there was a small group of Mississippi atheists there with their own subreddit until I stumbled across it recently. I was searching Google for information on atheists in Mississippi just to see what was out there. Not a hell of a lot as it turns out. Maybe that is why Mississippi Atheists seems to be doing fairly well in the search rankings.

Anyway, it looks like r/MsAtheism started about four years ago and has not been particularly active. Okay, that is an understatement. There are only a handful of posts. Maybe we can change that.

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Secular Groups Protest Discrimination at Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Bank, Plantsville, CT. 7/2014 Pics by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube. #WellsFargo #WellsFargoBank

 According to a press release from the United Church of Bacon, representatives from 7 national secular groups recently gathered in Las Vegas to protest discrimination against atheists by Wells Fargo.
The protest was led by John Whiteside, who founded a legal church with a funny name to protest how religious organizations get special privileges under the law. His organization, The United Church of Bacon, now has 4,000 members. The church claims no tax exempt status and pay their taxes. They accept no donations, instead raising nearly $100,000 in 2014 for autism, cancer, and secular charities. In 2015, they’ve already raised more than $30,000 for AIDS patients and another $30,000 for secular charities.