Atheism is Protected in Portland Oregon

Atheist Mecca Portland Declares Atheism a Protected Class

John Ellis | PJ Media – I lived in the Bible Belt when I was an atheist. Was I discriminated against? I don’t know. Maybe. I do know that the service industry jobs I applied for were always happy that I was willing to work on Sundays. Discrimination was a term I never thought about in regards to myself. I guess I was more self-sufficient and confident than today’s atheists. Definitely more so than those who live in Portland, Oregon. Apparently, the 42 percent of Portland residents who identify as atheist, agnostic, or a religious “none” have been suffering under a great wave of persecution in their city, because Portland has passed an ordinance protecting their rights.

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz submitted the ordinance for consideration early in February. It has since been passed unanimously and will go into force starting on March 29. The Portland Tribune reports that Cheryl Kolbe, president of the Portland chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, speaking from Commissioner Fritz’s office, exclaimed:

1st Corinthians 16:22 “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.”

Anathema - a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.

Maranatha - the Lord is coming” or “come, O Lord.

This change says that Portland chooses to make certain that non-believers receive the same protection from discrimination as those in any form of religion. This is very affirming for those of us who are atheist, agnostic or any other form of non-belief. It is the right thing to do.

Setting aside the absurd notion that atheists and those who claim to be religious nones are being persecuted in Portland, of all places, where they make up the largest identity group by percentage, it’s helpful to ask what rights this ordinance protects? I mean, I don’t live in Portland. I live in Arlington, Va., which is not exactly a friendly place for conservative Christians. Yet, if I were to be punched in the face because of my religious beliefs, my assailant would be arrested (ask the leftist dude in Berkeley how punching a conservative has worked out for him). If I were to find myself on the receiving end of verbal abuse, I would have legal recourse to shut it down. Not to mention that most people wouldn’t stand for it. If the roles were reversed and I punched an atheist in the face, I would be arrested, even if I had committed the assault in the Bible Belt. Laws already exist that are intended to keep citizens from harassing and assaulting each other.

However, the Portland Tribune points out that “Polls consistently show that many Americans do not trust and would not elect an atheist as President, nor believe they should have the opportunity to teach in public school.” Read more at PJ Media

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