Target: Ms. Anita Weier, Former Alderwoman for the City of Madison Wisconsin
Goal: Praise ban on discrimination against the non-religious.
A wonderful new protection has been added for the atheists of Madison, Wisconsin that prevents any sort of discrimination against those who identify as being non-religious. The new protection comes in the form of a statute introduced by a former city council member and will do a great deal of good in a state where one resident has said “People have been raised being told that atheists are evil and they eat babies and they can’t be trusted.” This new push to ensure eqaulity deserves recognition and appreciation.
Recently, some states have been pushing to legalize discrimination based on religious beliefs, but Ms. Weier has decided to take the opposite approach in Madison and ensure that those without religious beliefs are safe from persecution. The statute passed through the city council without direct opposition, but there has been some criticism from Madison’s more conservative council members.
Atheists are among the least trusted people in the United States and generally this mistrust comes from false claims made by parents. Some have said that they were disinherited by angry parents after their lack of faith was revealed. Others from the state have said that they were fired the day after expressing their views to their bosses.
Hopefully, the new statute will help create a safer space for atheists to exist and banish the stereotypes that are so often passed down by misguided authority figures. Until that day, protections such as this will remain necessary. Please sign here to thank Ms. Weier for seeking to protect a minority group and ensure that the people of Madison have a freedom from religion.
Dear Former Alderwoman Weier,
I am writing to thank you for a statute that you helped to enact that protects atheists from discrimination. It is a well-documented fact that atheists are among the least trusted and most discriminated against groups in the United States and protections such as this are, sadly, very necessary. One resident of your state has said: “People have been raised being told that atheists are evil and they eat babies and they can’t be trusted.” With that kind of negative and offensively untrue stereotype floating around, it is no wonder that there is animosity between the religious and non-religious.
I would also like to thank you for acknowledging that religion has begun to play all too big of a role in the governance of this country, from towns and cities to the Federal government. It seems that people have mistaken the right to freedom of religion as only being for those who are religious. I understand that you are no longer an alderwoman of Madison, but you have done lasting good in the city and I hope that you continue to advocate for the rights and protections of minority groups in all of your endeavors.
[Your Name Here]
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