Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Atheist gets hectored by Democratic state legislator

Monique Davis to an atheist:
"...it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!"
photo from the Illinois 4-H

Here's audio of Illinois state representative Monique Davis (Democrat-Chicago) going off on an atheist who is testifying before a committee. It's pretty sick. The tirade goes on:
"This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God," Davis said. "Get out of that seat . . . You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon."
(via csquared on DailyKos) Um...as tempted as I am to go off on Monique Davis, I'll refrain and say only that I highly doubt that the state of Illinois was founded as a Christian theocracy, or that Abraham Lincoln would have supported the mass expulsion of unbelievers from the state he represented. Ms. Davis' views are outside the realm of acceptability for a politician, and I think for an outburst like that her political career should be over. If she had said that about a Catholic or a Jew or a Mormon her career certainly would be over.

Egad, there are plenty of religious ideas I don't like, but I'd never tell someone "they have no right to be here" if they were testifying in front of a government committee. How did Ms. Davis become a state representative with manners like that?

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