Senator rips up our complaint letter

Our American Humanist Association legal center sent a letter to a state senator from Arkansas this week, telling him that his plans to erect a Ten Commandments monument at the state capitol are unconstitutional.  I guess it would be an understatement to say he was unpersuaded.

The senator, Jason Rapert, took to Facebook to post a video, in which he rambles for over 18 minutes, insisting that we are the bad guys of course. At about 14:30, he rips up our letter, making it perfectly clear that he’s going to continue with the project. The video is here.  (One apt and humorous detail that’s hard to miss: throughout the video, Fox News is on the television in the background.)

More information about our complaint letter, including a link to the letter itself, can be found here. Rapert leads a national caucus of religious conservative legislators known as Appeal to Heaven, which says governing the nation according to “biblical principles” is part of its mission.

3 replies
  1. David Harris
    David Harris says:

    You have the freedom to raise all the money you want and use it to erect a monument that displays the Ten Commandments wherever you like as long as it’s not on government property. Government property belongs to all Americans not just Christians or religious people. Why is it that you can’t seem to understand this? Your religious beliefs do not represent me nor millions of other taxpayers.

  2. Ian Sagal
    Ian Sagal says:

    Niose developed a legal strategy arguing the concept of equal rights and nondiscrimination rather than the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause in cases protecting religious minorities.

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