‘We are atheists and we vote,’ proud Arkansans say on Constitution Day billboards
“We are atheists and we vote” is the bold message from Arkansans Chris Sweeny and Megan McGuire appearing on two billboards that went up this week in Little Rock as part of a national election campaign on secular values.
The provocative secular election campaign points out that 75 million non-religious adult Americans (nearly a third of the population) are dedicated to the separation of state and religion – and vote that way.
The campaign is timed around the 235th anniversary, Sept. 17, of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, which the Freedom From Religion Foundation reminds Americans is an ungodly document.
Sweeny and McGuire, who are married and new parents, are pictured outside their State Capitol on digital billboards on University Avenue near 12th Street and at 108 S. Rodney Parham Rd 250 feet south of Markham. They even held an event on Saturday, September 17 (Constitution Day), in Bentonville, involving a viewing of the original US Constitution on display, which will be followed by a march. Says Sweeny, “I don’t have much ‘faith’ in our current Supreme Court justices these days, but I do have faith in our Constitution.”
In a full-page ad running in Razorback State, McGuire and Sweeny note, “The ‘Nones’ (those of us who are not affiliated with religion) now make up 29% of the American population. We are the largest “denomination” by religious identification.
They call for keeping religion out of government, social policy and public schools. Notably, considering Roe’s knockdown. v. Wade and the growing attacks on LGBTQ rights, their publicity also demands that religion be kept “out of bedrooms, personal lives and health care decisions – including when or whether to have children, and whom to love or marry.
The FFRF, a state and church watchdog with more than 38,000 non-religious members, honors the signing of the secular Constitution through a number of billboards and full-page announcements in the Sunday newspapers across the country. Learn more about the national campaign.
According to FFRF Co-Chair, Annie Laurie Gaylor, “We inform candidates and public officials that secular voters are here, that WE are the true ‘voters of values’ and that it is time that our point of view laity is respected and represented. »
Gaylor draws attention to the growing and increasingly overt calls for Christian nationalism and the alarming trends of the Supreme Court to privilege religion and eviscerate individual rights on religious grounds. “This is why our secular voices need to be heard,” she concludes.
Check out FFRF lay bus signs and billboards across the country.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has over 38,000 members across North America, serves as a membership group for like-minded atheists, freethinkers, and humanists, and works diligently as a watchdog of state/church to uphold the constitutional principle of separation between state and church.