Portland Oregon city council extends civil rights protections for Atheists.

By |2019-03-01T09:18:39-08:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Finally, my people are protected. 

Well at least in Portland.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

The Portland, Oregon, City Council has approved a measure extending civil rights protections to atheist, agnostic and other nonreligious residents.

The council’s unanimous vote on Wednesday ensures that nonreligious people are explicitly protected from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.

“By passing this ordinance, we’re sending a message that we value nonbelievers and affirm that protections of our civil rights code extends to them,” Commissioner Amanda Fritz said during the council meeting. “With this declaration, perhaps more nonbelievers will feel less fearful of being themselves in the open.”

The vote amends the definition of religion in Portland’s city code to include atheism, agnosticism and other forms of nonbelief.

Fritz said she thinks the only other U.S. city to adopt similar protections for nonreligious people is Madison, Wisconsin.

Only one other city affords this type of protection for the nonreligious? 

What the shit?

In actuality being an Atheist makes you one of the most reviled and hated minorities on the planet. 

In America, you can be shunned and ostracized, but in other countries, populated by people with more fundamentalist religious beliefs, you can still be murdered with impunity. 

I am still holding out hope that I will see an intellectual renaissance in my lifetime which will see religious belief take a backseat to logic and critical thinking.

Just imagine a world without religious extremists, constant war, and no Republicans.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

I imagine this every day. 

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5 Comments

  1. anon March 2, 2019 at 2:36 am

    More Teen Mom, please.

    Just kidding.

    Still waiting for the Vatican to own up to the crusades. Oh wait, they’re too busy having sex with 6 year old boys. Go Jesus.

  2. Anonymous March 2, 2019 at 7:47 am

    As an almost thirty year city employee, HR Rule 2.02 prohibits such in the workplace and we are required to take refresher training every two years both in discrimination and equity policies. Although this is good to see, what Portland really needs to deal with is the police force and its accompanying union. This is not Chicago, and mayors of late are one term and “outta here!”

  3. CA March 2, 2019 at 8:19 am

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/atmospheric-river-flood-rain-california-explainer/

    ‘“You need two ingredients for an atmospheric river,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “A plume of really concentrated moisture in the atmosphere and strong, fast winds to move it around.”’

  4. Paul March 2, 2019 at 10:11 am

    As a former Portlander and an atheist for almost 50 years, I applaud this move by the city council. Hopefully this movement spreads. Of course, Dotard or some republicans in congress are going to try to deny federal funds for any municipality that passes such an ordinance or law, claiming it violates their “religious right” to discriminate.

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