‘Humanists’ Challenge Voting Booths in Churches

So let me get this straight. If one votes in a church (as has happened for countless years in this country), one may have to walk past a cross. And if one votes in a library, one may have to walk past (gasp) books!! And even worse, if one votes at a municipal building, one may even have to walk past (scream of horror) the County Assessors Office!! No!! Say it isn’t so!!
Churches have crosses. Libraries have book. Municipal buildings have County Assessor offices. Humanist…deal with it.
Maybe the Humanist need a hobby. It just seems that if they have this much time on their hands, that they need to find something worthwhile to do.
Hey, maybe they could get with the Muslims and work on methods of establishing world peace (sarcasm, in case anyone missed it).

(CNSNews.com) – The American Humanist Association on Wednesday announced the launch of the first “nontheistic” legal center in the nation’s capital — a direct response, it said, to the “influence exerted by the religious right under the Bush administration.”

The group said it is particularly concerned about “damage” to Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of church-state separation.”

The AHA’s first legal project (lawsuit) stems from the midterm elections. The group is challenging the location of polling places in churches. While some churches cover their religious symbols on Election Day, others do not, and the AHA sees that as a major problem.

Humanists plan to argue that religious proselytizing took place at the polls. “We put out a call to our members whose polling places were churches, asking them to report what they saw,” said AHA President Mel Lipman. “The response was shocking.”

An Illinois humanist says he voted in a church that displayed a four-foot wooden crucifix right above the election judges,” said AHLC attorney James Hurley.

“Another member in California was confronted with a large marble plaque dedicated to the ‘unborn children’ who are ‘killed’ by abortion and containing a quote from the Bible justifying the notion that the soul is alive in the womb.

“And a New York member voted in a room featuring large religious slogans on the wall behind the voting machines.”

But the AHA said it would pursue “one of the most egregious and well-documented cases” — that of plaintiff Jerry Rabinowitz who was assigned to vote at Emmanuel Catholic Church in Delray Beach, Fla.

The case, Rabinowitz v. Anderson, alleges that to enter the polling place, Rabinowitz had to walk past a church-sponsored “pro-life” banner framed by multiple giant crosses. In the voting area itself, “he observed many religious symbols in plain view, both surrounding the election judges and in direct line above the voting machines. He took photographs that will be entered in evidence,” the attorney Hurley said.

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See my article “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?

8 Responses to “‘Humanists’ Challenge Voting Booths in Churches”

  1. Beth says:

    What the heck is a humanist anyway?

  2. Steve says:

    I had the same question.
    Here’s what a Google search turned up:

    Humanism is the belief that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. We take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good.

    What humanists believe

    Humanism is an approach to life based on humanity and reason – humanists recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. Our decisions are based on the available evidence and our assessment of the outcomes of our actions, not on any dogma or sacred text.

    Humanism encompasses atheism and agnosticism ‑ but is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than these negative responses to religion.

    Humanists believe in individual rights and freedoms ‑ but believe that individual responsibility, social cooperation and mutual respect are just as important.

    Humanists believe that people can and will continue to find solutions to the world’s problems ‑ so that quality of life can be improved for everyone.

    Humanists are positive ‑ gaining inspiration from our lives, art and culture, and a rich natural world.

    Humanists believe that we have only one life ‑ it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it to the full.

    Humanists – who are they?

    At least 15.5% of the population is non-religious according to the 2001 census, making this the second largest “belief” group in the UK. Other surveys on religious belief in Britain have found 30 – 40% (and 65% of young people) declaring themselves atheists or agnostics. A Home Office survey (2004) found almost 22% of no faith, and that religion played little part in the lives of most of those calling themselves Christians. Many people, even if they do not call themselves humanists, live their lives by the principles outlined above, and many thousands use the services of the British Humanist Association every year; organised Humanism is the tip of a very large iceberg.

    BHA Vice-President Claire Rayner says: “I was a humanist without knowing it for many years before I found the Association – when I did, it was like finding a sort of home. Here were people with a range of views that matched my own, who shared my respect for life in all its forms, and who, above all, did not try to bully other people to follow their beliefs”


  3. Beth says:

    So, basically a Humanist is like an atheist only smarter, more moral and loving.

  4. Steve says:

    Works for me. Without Christ, they’re still going to hell, no matter how smart, moral and loving they are.

  5. In the case in Delray they also had to go past a large anti-abortion banner
    with a fetus. Public libraries where i’ve voted – dont post banners that
    push their agenda. Would you like to vote in a religious place maybe a
    mosque that has a giant banner that says that Bush is the devil.
    Why is your religion better than others – it has so many problems
    these days and is full of corruption…

    It’s fair as long as it’s your religion… then it’s ok…

  6. Steve says:

    Actually, I would not ask the Mulims to take down any of their religious material if mosques were used to vote. They have a right to say what they want to. They only hurt themselves (or help themselves depending on the person viewing the material).
    Jesus tells us that His church will have portions of it that will fall away from His teachings and we are seeing that more and more today.

  7. Beth says:

    Hey It’s Fair,
    A sign saying “Bush is the devil” would not deter me from voting for him anymore than a cross on the wall will deter you from voting for a Democrat. It is a ridiculous argument and just another way for a group of whiny liberals to raise a stink. And you are right about the the falling away of the church. Satan loves to deceieve God’s people and unfortunately he is doing a good job of it with many of them. God said it would happen and it has. There are fake christians just as there are fakes in every other group or religion, but we are not all fakes.

  8. Steve says:

    Well said, Beth!

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