Pheonix News Times Blogs reported about Arizona Representative Juan Mendez‘s secular humanist delivery during today’s opening session:
Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads,” Mendez said. “I would like to ask that you not bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people in our state.
A visible atheist in Arizona politics??? A visible atheist in American politics??? Praise FSM!
He also quoted Carl Sagan’s “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.”
Thank you to Rep. Mendez from this secular humanist atheist. Thank you for the god-free invocation, for being a role-model for other politicians who might wish to be more open about their lack of religion but who feel unable to do so in our current religulous political climate, and for upholding the constitution of the United States.
If you feel like thanking Representative Juan Mendez for his support and representation, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org