The city of Warren, Michigan, and its Republican mayor Jim Fouts are facinga federal lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Unionand two other groups after Fouts rejected a local man’s request to set up an atheist station in the city hall atrium, and equated the atheist cause to the Nazi party and the Ku Klux Klan.
Since 2009, Fouts has permitted “prayer stations” run by a local church group that distributes religious pamphlets, discusses religious beliefs with passersby, and prays with visitors to the city hall. When Freedom From Religion member Douglas Marshall submitted an application to city officials in April to set up a similar, yet secular, station for two days each week, it took Fouts less than two weeks to reject his proposal.When interviewed by the Associated Press, Fouts defended his decision, saying:
The city has certain values that I don’t believe are in general agreement with having an atheist station, nor in general agreement with having a Nazi station or Ku Klux Klan station. I cannot accept or will not allow a group that is disparaging of another group to have a station here.
No, we can't let that happen! The First Amendment certainly doesn't apply to Atheists, right?
Bonus Republican Jackass of the Week: Former Massachusetts Governor and Failed Presidential Candidate Willard "Mitt" Romney (R).
Just this week it's been discovered that during his campaign back in 2012, before "taking all the swing states and winning in a landslide" according to Fox Noise, Willard mistook Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile for PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill.
Yes, he really did.
Oh my. Two prominent, influential black women who he's seen on the TV machine, and he can't tell them apart.
"Hi Gwen," he reportedly said to Donna, according to a recent NY Times article.
"Poor thing; he didn't know," stated Donna.
And in case you forgot all those other famous foot-in-mouth moments courtesy of Willard Romney, let me gleefully remind you:
"corporations are people, my friend"
half the country ("that 47%) who are "takers" would never vote for him anyway
out he had undocumented Mexicans working on his own property and then
stating, "I'm running for office for Pete's sake! I can't have
he has "binders full of women"
his five sons working on his presidential campaign were "equal to those serving in the US military"
refusing to release his tax returns
stashing millions in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes
he wanted Mexicans to "self deport" even though his own grandfather came from Mexico and was welcomed here