An atheist state lawmaker tasked with delivering the opening prayer for this afternoon’s session of the House of Representatives asked that people not bow their heads.
Democratic Representative Juan Mendez, of Tempe, instead spoke about his “secular humanist tradition” and even quoted author Carl Sagan.
“Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads,” Mendez said. “I would like to ask that you not bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people in our state.”
I don’t think everyone is quite ready for humanism yet, but this is totally a step int her right direction! Carl Sagan!!!
I am thankful for public restrooms that blast loud music.
Thank you sweet baby Jesus.
I just read a student’s response to a nationalist poem for a summer class I’m taking and I feel like my IQ just dropped by 10 points.
MFA Day Job has a weekly interview series, and were kind enough to let me play this week.
Quoting yourself on Tumblr is the height of ugh, no doubt, but I hope this paragraph is useful to at least one person.
Truth from Erin Fitzgerald.