Published On: Thu, Jan 16th, 2014

Florida city told to remove Bible from city hall by Wisconsin atheist group

A Wisconsin based atheist activist group is demanding that officials with a Florida city remove a 40-year-old Bible from city hall chambers.

photo John per wikimedia commons

photo John per wikimedia commons

The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to officials in Pinellas Park, Florida on behalf of local businessman Randy Heine, who states that the Bible makes him feel uncomfortable when he attends city meetings.

“The Bible must go. It doesn’t belong in a government meeting,” he told Fox13 Tampa Bay. “Every time I speak, it makes me feel awkward.”

According to reports, the Bible was presented to the city in 1975 by the local Kiwanis club and has rested on a desk in the chambers for nearly 40 years since.

Government Relations Administrator Tim Caddell said that local residents have not expressed any grievances about the Bible in the decades that have passed.

“We’ve not had complaints from residents, from people who participated,” he told Bay News9. “We have complaints from groups who come in looking to find something wrong.”

FFRF says that the Bible serves as a government endorsement of Christianity, and asserts that such a suggestion is unconstitutional.

“It’s on display, and that certainly is improper. It shows an endorsement of the Bible as a holy book over other holy books,” Co-founder Annie Laurie Gaylor told reporters. “How would the people of Pinellas Park feel if it was a Quran?”

Therefore, the organization sent a letter to city officials, contending that the Bible must be removed.

“Not only is the city council sending a message of endorsement for Christianity over other religions and nonreligion,” it read, “but display of this King James Bible sends a message of endorsement of one particular Christian sect over all others.”

The letter also takes issues with inserts that are included with city utility bills, which advertise for church events, as well as prayers that precede city hall meetings.

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  1. DieGodDie says:

    This war on christianity makes me feel so warm inside! I can’t wait until we imprison them and burn them at the stake for believing in a god!

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