Concerning the National Day of Prayer event at the Texas State Capitol to occur May 4th
Press release issued: May 1, 2006
The National Day of Prayer is a blatant violation of the establishment
clause of the first amendment to the US Constitution. Official promotion
and recognition of a religious activity (prayer) is an establishment of
religion. This illegal activity is especially odious when it is done so
publicly and with apparent endorsement by the state of Texas and its elected
leadership, as will be happening on May 4th at the Texas State Capitol
building. The National Day of Prayer event is clearly about religious
favoritism and political pandering-both are at odds with democracy,
diversity, and religious freedom.
To draw attention to this mockery of our Constitution and American ideals,
the Atheist Community of Austin will be protesting the National Day of Prayer
event at the Texas State Capitol. The protest will be on the South side of
the capitol on May 4, 2006 at noon to 1:00 pm. Our protest will be a peaceful
exercise of our first amendment rights without religious favoritism. The
media is invited to compare the legal event we are hosting to the illegal one
we are protesting.
We encourage others, who are concerned about their religious freedoms,
including freedom from religion, to join us in making people aware of the
importance of church-state separation. We especially encourage those of
minority religions to join us.
The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational
corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide
opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints,
to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment
principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against
atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.
For more information about the Atheist Community of Austin, or to read our
position on the National Day of Prayer, see our web site at
http://www.atheist-community.org or call 512-371-2911 (voice mail).
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