Wisconsin City Bans Discrimination Against Atheists

wisconsin pdMADISON, Wisc. — A city in Wisconsin that is the home of a prominent atheist activist organization has passed a law that adds “non-religion” to its non-discrimination statutes.

Madison ordinance author Anita Weier told reporters that the proposal did not arise of out any instances of actual discrimination against atheists, but rather was simply birthed out of her belief that non-belief should be included in city protections.

“It just seems to me that religion has spread into government more than I feel comfortable with,” she said. “It just occurred to me that religion was protected, so non-religion should be, too.”

However, atheists in the city testified before council in support of the move, claiming experiences with discrimination in child custody battles and employment, among other issues.

“[P]eople in my student group, for example, are very hesitant to be honest about their lack of belief in God out of fear that they are going to be discriminated against in employment opportunities,” Chris Calvey, the former president of Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics, told Raw Story. “If that came up in a job interview, that’s held against them.”

Todd Steifel, president of Openly Secular, told the Associated Press that he believes there is a stigma against atheists in America.

“People have been raised being told that atheists are evil and they eat babies and they can’t be trusted,” he said.

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The inclusion, which passed unanimously, now provides protections to atheists in employment and housing, as well as public accommodations, alongside protections for sex, race, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, handicap/disabled, marital status, citizenship status, gender identity and political beliefs.

However, others state that they believe the inclusion was unnecessary, especially since Madison is considered to be the hub of atheism as it is the home of the nationally-recognized activist group Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF).

“I don’t understand why they would add this to that litany of protections in Madison, of all places,” said Julaine Appling, the president of Wisconsin Family Action. “I thought this was an April Fools’ joke.”

“[I]n principle there’s nothing wrong with banning discrimination against atheists. After all, we don’t want anyone facing discrimination,” also stated Jazz Shaw of HotAir.com “But were atheists really facing all that much public condemnation and denial of their rights? … [A]re atheists being denied jobs or rides on public transportation based on their (lack of) belief? … Nobody is going to force you to go to church.”

“More to the point, are atheist photographers, bakers and florists being forced to participate in Christian weddings?” he added. “It seems like they shouldn’t be able to refuse such a request based on recent court cases, right?”

Christine Rousselle at Town Hall posited that such non-discrimination laws might as well include every type of person possible.

“At what point does an ordinance become so broad that it effectively renders itself useless?” she asked.


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  • LeftCoast

    Potential Boss: tell me what makes you qualified for this job?
    Atheist: I hate God, Jesus is not real and I believe in the Big Bang Theory.
    Boss: what education do you have?
    Atheist: I listen to my prophets Dawkins, Hawkins and I burn Bibles.
    Boss: Can you work weekends?
    Atheist: I don’t believe in heaven or hell.
    Boss: You are not a good fit for this McDonalds job.

    • Paul Hiett

      Yet sadly, for you, atheists are typically more educated than religious folks. Your example falls far, far short of anything relevant.

      • Answer man

        If misinformation was truth you would be right. Atheists refusal to believe the truth does not make them intelligent and gauge whether they are educated. In today’s society, people can have a good moral compass an be an atheist but it didn’t make you smarter than a ‘religious’ person. In today’s society, lots of us know only one trait, our job. So the majority of the world is on an equal playing field, based on if you were college educated, high school educated, went through an apprenticeship, etc. Every level is different here.

        • Paul Hiett

          Who decides what truth is? You? Keep in mind that religious beliefs are just opinions, as no one has any facts to support their beliefs. This is why we have so many different religions, and thousands upon thousands of denominations in different religions. Please, spare me any mention of the word “truth” when it comes to religion.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Jesus (the) Christ is Truth. Any religious belief outside of God’s Word is not just opinion, but also a lie. Many follow the Wicked One, including yourself, and you will receive his reward.

          • Rex Shea

            What of those who lived in the ages before the baby jesus came to fix god’s original mistakes? Where was their truth? Was there no heaven before jesus? Because the old testament sure seems to hold out that same carrot.

          • Answer man

            Because man has the answer to everything? Explain to me why cancer, war, the common cold have not been fixed. Probably because we (human) do not create truth. Truth is from a higher being… God. I’ll spare you the facts about how humans hurt each other on a basis of every hour, every day. Why else does the news(major media) only report on such positive and life enhancing issues.

      • FoJC_Forever

        More educated in worldly ideals, yes. From said education, you have learned to easily be deceived by the Devil and will receive his reward.

        • Paul Hiett

          Considering Satan has never lied, I’m quite fine with that.

      • LeftCoast

        Paul, I meant it to be funny.

  • Bruce Morrow

    Poor “DISCRIMINATED” atheist! Boo-hoo!

  • The Last Trump

    Atheism is already protected under “religious beliefs”. As is Darwinism.
    Nobody has more blind faith than THESE people!

    • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

      You can say that again.

  • FoJC_Forever

    Atheists are fantastic liars. They are very adept and inserting accusations which are completely false, and, even more horrendous, people believe them.

    I have never heard of anyone who believes Atheists eat babies. They do, however, have no problem murdering them in the womb.

    Interesting: WIS = to know; CON = to commit to memory, study; SIN = against God’s Will and Word, moral bankruptcy

    This is just another of a multitude of blunders committed by those who embrace Darkness.

    • weasel1886

      Funny that most women getting abortions claim to be Christian.

      • FoJC_Forever

        You probably need to look at actual statistics, rather than popular rumors found on the internet. Yet, there are those who claim to be Christian and are having their babies murdered. No one can have their baby murdered and be following Jesus (the) Christ.

        • Paul Hiett

          If everyone who breaks the Christian laws isn’t a Christian, there would be no Christians left in the world.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You don’t understand Christianity. Only those who believe Lies will believe you.

        • weasel1886

          The old cop out. ” They aren’t really Christian” has been used for every evil done in Gods name

          • FoJC_Forever

            It’s not a “cop out”, it’s the Truth. You neither understand God, His Word, nor His Spirit. It is truly sad to see individuals such as yourself spend so much effort pursuing the Lie.

          • Paul Hiett

            Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as “Born-again/Evangelical”.

            Yeah, but they’re “not Christians”. So cute…

          • Fakir Smith

            Congratulations you’ve proven human beings sin. Nobody said if you check the God box on a form you’re perfect or won’t go to hell.

            I’m sure even you do tiny things hoping that on the chance that God is real (he is) that he’ll save your ass and you won’t end up away from him for eternity. That is what these women were doing. I’m a good person, I was raised XYZ let me put that down on this form.

          • Paul Hiett

            Just pointing out that FOJC is wrong, that’s all.

            And no, I do nothing in my life that I worry about regarding a mythical creature being displeased with.

          • FoJC_Forever

            “No one can have their baby murdered and be following Jesus (the) Christ.” Ah, but I am not wrong.

          • FoJC_Forever

            ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” ~Matthew 7:21-23

            I am repeating what the Center of Christianity said. His Word remains, for He is the Eternal Word of God.

          • weasel1886

            You have no idea what my faith is or what I believe

          • FoJC_Forever

            We do, because we regularly see your writing and read the words you say.

            “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” ~Jesus

          • weasel1886

            Then there are almost no Christians on this site

          • FoJC_Forever

            There are many people like you here, for certain. Trolls like yourself clutter up Christian sites, so your comment has a ring of Truth to it, but it’s simply because you come here to harass Christians and criticize the news stories.

          • weasel1886

            How do I harass people? By asking questions or ponting out faulty logic? I don’t call people names like you and don’t attack faith or people personally.
            If people disagree they are trolls, if they agree then it’s free speech

          • FoJC_Forever

            Your logic is faulty, simply because you reject the Truth. Your “knowledge” caters to your unbelief.

            I am certain you have ‘called someone a name’, so you might want to refrain from stating lies about yourself. Calling someone a name isn’t always wrong, if the name is accurate.

            You’re a troll and coming to Christians sites, where you know you’re going to stir things up, is your goal. You want attention, in whatever form it may come to you.

          • weasel1886

            Thanks good day

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            I have seen you be mean to Christians.

          • weasel1886

            Where? Prove it.

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            You are the one who really knows.Besides God. What I think is mean might be kind in your eyes. There were times in the past you were not very kind to me .

          • weasel1886

            I don’t recall. If I have been mean to you I am truly sorry

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            Thank You.

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            But God does.

          • weasel1886

            Then he gets to judge me. Not a poster on a web site

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            True.God’ judgement is the only one that matters for Eternity. All others just for now and are sometimes not just.

          • Rex Shea

            Scott Roeder was following your same line of superstition when he killed George Tiller. He said that he was doing god’s work. He said that he was a devout Christian. I am sure that your response will be that he did bad things, so he can’t be a true Christian, but could you say something different, that is not a fallacy?

          • FoJC_Forever

            “Did bad things?” You’re over generalizing and misapplying the reality that Christians struggle with the Sin present in our flesh. But, for someone to say that he or she is committing a sin in the name of Jesus or with His approval is not the same thing as struggling with the temptations of the flesh that all Christians face each day. One is deliberately committing a sin and refusing to see it for its true nature, the other is actually struggling to stop committing a sin or sins.

            I am not familiar with the specifics of George Tiller and Scott Roeder, although Tiller’s name sounds familiar. That said, God is not specifically instructing anyone to murder anyone.

          • Rex Shea

            Tiller was an abortion doctor, caring for women during some of the most trying times of their lives, and Roeder is the religious zealot who murdered him in 2009.

            I get what you are saying, but without the influence of religion constantly and viciously demonizing everything that doesn’t conform, I think that this particular murder would not have happened.

            This is just one concrete example where constant and extreme religious pressure results in the death of other humans, and sadly it happens every single day in this world.

            All of these deaths can be laid squarely at the feet of religion.

          • FoJC_Forever

            I also remember someone setting off a bomb in an abortion “clinic” a long time ago.

            Abortion “doctors” should be put on death row and eventually put to death for the murdering of innocents. Our law is wrong and evil to support this heinous crime. Likewise, those adults who willingly participate in the murder of their child should also be brought up on murder charges. I don’t support, nor would I instigate, random violence against those who commit murder.

            Our current laws allowing abortion are an abomination to God, and Judgement is coming.

          • Rex Shea

            What would be wrong with letting society do what it does peacefully and then letting your god mete out justice in the afterlife? Who appointed any of you do god’s judgement and punishment in this world?

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            The Judgement of God will happen . We as Christians are to speak out against sin. But we should not kill sinners. That is not our job. To reach out to the Lost yes. To kill the Lost no. Shalom <

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            Amen ! God will remember every baby lost to Abortion.

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            George Tiller was an late Term Abortionist.

          • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

            The Church is full of unsaved people. Just because some say they go to Church, Pay Tithes dose not mean they are saved.

        • Rex Shea

          Aaaaahhhh, the “No True Scotsman” fallacy! I am sure that you have never heard of it so I will only laugh at you a little. And no, I won’t try to educate you. Look it up yourself to see how silly this argument is, and why you will forever be mocked if you keep using it.

        • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

          That is the truth.

  • FoJC_Forever

    Atheists also like clutter up Christian sites with their blathering and whining about discrimination that doesn’t exist.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Hello? The Western atheists should stop committing blasphemy against God and discrimination against the Christians.

    • Paul Hiett

      Or what?

      • FoJC_Forever

        That is a childish response, “What are you gonna do! Huh! You can’t stop me!”

        You’re revealing the age of your mind and heart.

        • Paul Hiett

          Pot, meet kettle.

  • Fakir Smith

    Atheism is a mental illness. To obsess and worry about something you claim doesn’t exist is the definition of insanity. Atheists believe in God. Don’t be fooled. In fact, they hate God. You don’t see anti-unicorn idiots running around do you?

    • Paul Hiett

      So everyone who doesn’t believe what you believe is mentally ill.

      Wow.

    • Rex Shea

      “You don’t see anti-unicorn idiots running around do you?”

      No, but that is because even the most rabid believers know that unicorns aren’t real and they do not base their entire existence on trying to make the unicorn’s will the law of the land. Christians could take a hint…

  • Rex Shea

    Why do atheists need anti discrimination protection?

    Look at the Christian “love” in this thread and after you realize that 75% of the US is religious, you will realize why these measures are needed. I hold your own words up to you. Look at your words objectively and ask the question again. All of you who have spoken with fear and hate and judgment should ask if that is really what your faith means to you.

  • Wayne Robert Smith

    Bibles for refugees. Good idea. They’ll have something to fuel the fire on cold nights.