Lauren Rose went to vote yesterday, wearing a t-shirt that read “liberal anti-theist”. Her polling place was in a church (as is mine, as are a great many polling places across the country), and the poll-workers tried to get her to cover up, and when she refused, started loudly praying for her. All this at a polling place splattered with Republican campaign signs.
This is something that ought to change. Why are the polling places so dominated by churches? It’s about the only time I ever have to enter one of those temples to hate and ignorance, and I’d rather not go at all, especially if they’re going to make my refusal to abide by their superstition a point of contention. My polling place is right across the street from the public school; why not use meeting rooms there?