Thank you, Representative Mendez!


Pheonix News Times Blogs reported about Arizona Representative Juan Mendez‘s secular humanist delivery during today’s opening session:

From PNT:

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 jmendez@azleg.gov

Comments

  1. changerofbits says

    Wonderful! Couldn’t help but notice that the motto on the seal of AZ is “Ditat Deus”, but it seems “Ditat Natura” fits the seal and “Ditat Saecularismo” fits the day much better.

  2. lippard says

    Thanks for covering this–but you should note that this would probably not have occurred without the efforts of the Secular Coalition for Arizona and its dynamic executive director and lobbyist, Serah Blaine. The Secular Coalition of Arizona exists with the support of a large number of secular groups across the state:

    Flagstaff Freethinkers
    Freedom From Religion Foundation Valley of the Sun Chapter
    Freethought Arizona
    Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix
    Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers Arizona Delegation
    Or Adam Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
    Phoenix Atheist Meetup Group
    Prescott Freethinkers
    Secular Humanist Jewish Circle (SHJC)
    Secular Student Alliance at Mesa Community College
    Secular Student Alliance at Northern Arizona University
    Secular Student Alliance at Prescott College
    Sedona/Verde Valley Secular Freethinkers
    SORA at Embry-Riddle
    Tucson Atheists

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