A Win, Win Week for Once

Posted on June 21, 2020


Good Sunday Morning, Freethinking Friends! Welcome to the Sunday Service!

Heathens around the nation are celebrating two legal victories in the courts this week.

1. “FFRF’s Ask an Atheist, Legal Director Rebecca Markert, Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel and Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott talk about that rarest of 2020 beasts: Good news. The Supreme Court did the right thing and took a giant step forward this week after they issued a historic ruling upholding civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans.” Learn more about the Freedom From Religion Foundation at ffrf.org.

Sadly, Michigander Aimee Stephens, a transgender Redford woman whose case questioning whether federal law protected transgender individuals from job discrimination became the first of its kind to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, died Tuesday.

2. How DREAMers Defeated Trump: Supreme Court DACA Win Shows “Sustained Pressure of Activism” Works

“A 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The federal program created by President Obama in 2012 protects from deportation about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.”

As an atheist, the only label that influences my stance on questions of rights is “human.”

In relation to the first case, my reasons are: Transgender employees are human and should not be fired because of who they are. Employees should be assessed in terms of their job performance, not their gender performance.

For the DACA case, my reasons are: People who arrived in the USA as children had no say in the matter, so it would be wrong for them to face any consequences. The legal system of the USA does not allow to punish children for the decisions made by their parents. (That’s some Biblical bullshit).

As with so many cases before the courts and bills before the legislatures, Christians can be seen in the background, asserting that they can deny the rights of transgender employees and children of immigrants because…”the Bible tells me so.”

As unbelievers, we can help the legal teams that do the crucial work of fighting for civil and human rights in the courts and legislatures by becoming members of and donating to organizations like Freedom From Religion Foundation and ACLU. I have been a member of both for years, and I’ve received support on local issues from both. While I can vouch for these two organizations, there are other organizations that are worthy of our $upport. My point here is not which org you choose, but that you do support at least one. As long as Christian office holders and judges continue their work to dismantle the wall between church and State, we need to insure that we have legal advocates who are able to speak for us.

On another note, I am disappointed that the Lenawee NAACP  celebration had to be a small, online affair instead of a day of partying at Trestle Park, but I am glad to see the holiday on the lips and keyboards of seemingly all people, not only in the USA, but in countries around the globe.

This is one bit of history that is hidden no more! I hope Congress does make Juneteenth a national holiday, and I find no more fitting celebration of the holiday than the removal of Confederate monuments around the country.

If you join or donate to a worthy org at this time, you can play this tune in the background, as the “offertory,” if you like….

Thanks for coming to today’s edition of the Sunday Service at Citizen Teacher, friend.

Peace & Love.

See you next week!

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lisa eddy is an atheist, writer, researcher, educator, advocate,  musician, and gardener.

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