Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Kentucky ACLU is AWOL, but American Atheists Step Up

Betcha when freakazoid legislator Tom Riner unconstitutionally put an invisible sky wizard in charge of Homeland Security, he never imagined that the national legal director of American Atheists lived right here in Kentucky.

And it's a damn good thing, too, since the state ACLU seems to have no interest in defending the civil rights of American Freethinkers.

But Boone County lawyer Edwin Kagin and American Atheists aren't afraid to stand up for the long tradition of American Secularism.

(Juicy lawsuit quotes after the jump.)

An atheists-rights group is suing the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security because state law requires the agency to stress "dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth."


In the suit, American Atheists argues that Homeland Security should focus on public-safety threats rather than promote religion.

The suit notes that the federal and state homeland security agencies were created as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by Muslim fundamentalists, and it refers to those attacks as "a faith-based initiative."

The plaintiffs ask for the homeland security law to be stripped of its references to God. They also ask for monetary damages, claiming to have suffered sleeping disorders and "mental pain and anguish."

"Plaintiffs also suffer anxiety from the belief that the existence of these unconstitutional laws suggest that their very safety as residents of Kentucky may be in the hands of fanatics, traitors or fools," according to the suit.

Not to mention the extreme trauma of being humiliated in the national media as residents of the most ignorant, superstitious, mouth-breathingly stupid state in the country, if not the world.

Secular blessings be upon you, Edwin Kagin and American Atheists.

And shame on you, Tom Riner, and the "fanatics, traitors and fools" who voted for your idiotic amendment.

Cross-posted at They Gave Us A Republic ....