Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor to Give Welcoming Address to Atheists

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has:
  • Fought against displays of the 10 Commandments
  • Brought suit challenging the federal law designating a National Day of Prayer and requiring a National Day of Prayer Proclamation by the President
  • Filed suit to challenge tax benefits for ministers of the Gospel who have a parsonage exemption
  • Sued to stop religious engravings at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
  • Sued to halt prayers at the President’s inauguration
  • Filed suit over the words “under God” in the pledge in New Hampshire schools
  • Sued the federal government to remove “In God We Trust” off our national currency

At present they are running an “Out of the Closet Campaign” planned to “go around the nation, one region at a time” to promote their “freethought” message.  Some of these signs may show up either as bus signs or on billboards.  Some of the messages include:
  • “Being kind with an open mind is my religion”
  • “I have faith in myself, not in a god”
  • “I don’t need a god to be happy”
  • “Keep your theology off my biology”
  • “No one died for my sins”
  • “I freed my mind when I left God behind”

Other billboards and/or bus signs they have featured include:
  • “God & Government A Dangerous Mix Keep State & Church Separate”
  • “Reason’s Greetings”
  • “Keep Religion OUT of Government”
  • “In Reason We Trust”
  • “Enjoy Life Now  THERE IS NO AFTERLIFE”
  • “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.” – Richard Dawkins
  • “I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose.” – Clarence Darrow

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is holding their 33rd annual Convention in Madison the weekend of October 29-31, 2010.  According to their program, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor, Barbara Lawton will be giving a “welcoming address at the convention opening on Friday night”, October 29th.

Keep in mind the preamble to the Wisconsin Constitution states, “We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, form a more perfect government, insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare, do establish this constitution.”

Why would an elected official representing the people of the State of Wisconsin who’s Constitution recognizes our gratitude to God for our freedom speak to a group that denies God’s existence and seeks to remove the name or recognition of God from our currency, our nation’s buildings, our pledge and our motto?

To share your views with Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton about her participation in this event you may call her office at (608) 266-3516.  To share your views via email:  ltgov@wisconsin.gov  .  And to share your views with Governor Jim Doyle you may call (608) 266-1212 or email:  governor@wisconsin.gov  .

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

La Crosse Mayor Vetoes Council's Attempt to Decriminalize Marijuana

On Tuesday October 12th, the Mayor of La Crosse, Matt Harter vetoed legislation passed a week earlier by the La Crosse Common Council that would decriminalize first time offenders who possessed fewer than 25 grams of marijuana.  The matter now goes back to the Common Council who will consider a veto override.  A two- thirds majority vote will be needed to overturn the mayor’s veto.  Last week the council voted 9-7 in favor of the decriminalization with one abstention.  To share your views with the La Crosse Common Council you may call them at (608) 789- 7510.  The Council is next scheduled to meet November 11, 2010.

Monday, October 11, 2010

La Crosse Common Council Casts Vote To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Last Thursday the La Crosse Common Council disregarded the advice of the police chief and voted 9-7 to decriminalize possessing less than 25 grams of marijuana for a first time offender.  This matter is now on La Crosse Mayor Mathias Harter’s desk either to sign into law or cast a veto.  You may contact the La Crosse Mayor with your views at (608) 789-7500.