Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) held a public meeting this week, and an atheist activist, Justin Scott, asked him a question about atheists’ rights. Scott asked about how the Trump administration is pandering to Christians and trying to inject God into everything.
“I’m an atheist. I don’t know if there’s any other atheists in here, but we are a growing population of voters in this country. I’m having a hard time not feeling like we’re living under an American Taliban. You want to control women’s reproductive rights. You want to put God back in school — your God, not anybody else’s. And then, one of our… team members on the Eastern Iowa Atheists sent you an email about the Johnson Amendment… and you say you want to repeal it. You want to take that away… can you see our struggle? Can you see our concern as voters that don’t prescribe to dogma, or any kind of doctrine, why that would be a concern of ours? Where’s our religious freedom? Are you gonna protect ours?”
Grassley’s brilliant answer:
“I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal savior.”
Atheists and other non-religious people make up 22-percent of the population. We deserve to have our own rights and to avoid having our government shove religion in our faces.
Scott asked a very pertinent question later in the interview:
“They’re using it as a sword. They’re not using it as a shield to protect the religious expression from government interference. So what you’re saying is it’s okay if another believer in Christ wants to deny somebody dinner at a restaurant. Or we have teachers here that talked about Betsy DeVos, and her plan to bring God’s Kingdom to our public schools. Is that appropriate?”
Grassley cited the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” saying that it will protect all religious freedom. The Right-Wingers are just using it to discriminate against people the don’t like.
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