Portland, Oregon has banned discrimination against atheists and agnositcs. They are the second city in the United States to take such action. This blog remains concerned about discrimination against atheists and supports such motions to protect the godless.
We’ve come a long way, but there is still a lot of discrimination.
Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.
Atheist discrimination in a public school in Indiana.
In writing about atheism and secular humanism from time to time there is one topic that I notice that troubles me. It deals with atheists facing discrimination from evangelical Christians. Here are some examples that I have written about over the last couple of years.
- In Southeast Texas there is an atheist group that had excelled at taking care of the homeless, feeding and offering them shelter. In doing this this atheist group has taken incredible heat from evangelical Christians. You can read about this in, “An Atheist Group in Southeast Texas Takes Care of the Homeless, and in the Process Teaches Why you do not Need God to do Good.”
- There was a story that came out of Oklahoma. It dealt with a Children’s Home that scorned the donation of an atheist. It led to atheists doing a campaign to raise money for it. You can read about that in, “When the Atheist has a Better Understanding of the Gospel than the Christian.”
- Then there was the sad way in which a former Christian band was treated. The Order of Elijah mostly came out as atheist. They were attacked, hated and more. They dealt with discrimination from Christians which is tragic. You can read about that in, “Order of Elijah’s Shannon Low De-Converts from the Christian Faith: When it Becomes Necessary to Leave.”
Discrimination against atheists is a major problem. In some parts of the United States an atheist can’t run for office. In other parts an atheist can not adopt a child. This blog is aware of the issue and is deeply troubled that atheists and secular humanists would be treated in such a way. And as such this blog supports those who face discrimination.
Portland, Oregon Bans Discrimination Against Atheists
There is a movement in the United States to ban discrimination against atheists. The movement is slowly growing in a number of cities. The first city that did this is Madison, Wisconsin in 2015. Now Portland, Oregon has joined that movement. The city of Portland amended the city’s Civil Rights code to prevent atheists from being discriminated against. The local head of the Freedom From Religion Foundation said the following. “What it is is validating because my city thinks I am of the same value as any other individual, and it isn’t OK for somebody to discriminate against me or anybody like me,” Portland is now the second city to have taken such action. This blog is wondering who will be next? Seattle? Bend, Oregon? Boston? If you would like to read more about this you can do so here, here and here.
Brief Analysis of What Developed in Portland
This is the second city that has taken legal action to protect atheists and agnostics. Cities such as Portland and Madison can be called progressive and activist. In this particular situation I think they are ahead of the curve. Other cities will follow in the course of time. Will you see this happen in the Bible belt or places like Nebraska, North Dakota or Ohio? Its deeply unlikely. But the population is changing as the culture of the United States becomes more secular. Its time we had an honest discussion on the issues atheists face in the United States. Many will not understand how hard it is to be secular in this very religious country. My faith crisis really opened up the door and I looked at issues like atheism in a very different light. So this blog wants to give a shout out to Portland and Madison and hopefully others are not too far behind. That is it for the day all, please take care!