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.